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and laughter are good for the mind, and so is being bored – especially for kids. A restless mind hungers for stimulation, so encourage your children to give up distractions, embrace the boredom and enjoy the creative thinking that follows. Our annual education issue discusses topical subjects relevant for schools, parents and learners. This year we unpack anxiety, offering practical tips on how to

Focus on FUN new year brings new opportunities and inspires a fresh start. But those overwhelming and often unrealistic new year’s resolutions, all created with good intentions, are generally ignored and forgotten by the end of January. This year, make your resolutions fun to implement and easier to stick to by focusing on improving something that will add value to your life – and to the lives of those around you. Read a new book every month, join a beach clean-up, go somewhere you have never been, do random

acts of kindness and plan a digital detox weekend once a month. In general, be more mindful of the choices you make in everyday life, slow down and be present. Allow yourself a day every week to do absolutely nothing – or to do something that makes you laugh. Both relaxation


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help your child manage this engulfing and often very scary feeling – whether it’s related to exams, peer conflicts or performance. Awareness is key, so talk about it and create a culture of openness and support; normalising anxiety and focusing on fun. It’s important to remember that practice makes progress, not perfect. Rather than encouraging development, too much pressure is often put on performance. The focus should be on finding joy in learning, on learning through play and on participating – not winning or losing. Has the fun element gone out of school sport? Should professionalism even be entertained at school-level sport? We also take a closer look at this debate. Apart from education, we have great tips on restoring gut health, being more conscious about the environment, and in general adopting a new attitude to well-being – extending from food and fitness to your emotional and mental health, finances, work and family. Happy reading!


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editor's choice LINEAGE: Coffee, Culture And Community Craig Charity, 2013 South African Barista Champion, is extremely passionate about coffee and has been involved in all things coffee for over a decade. Today the Hillcrest headquarters is a bustling hub of loyal customers, and there are also branches in Westville and Nottingham Road. Craig’s love for coffee started when a friend introduced him to a stovetop espresso pot, and now he simply wants people to understand coffee properly in order to enjoy it more. “My dream was always to open a place where people could experience coffee and get a proper feel of everything behind the scenes,” says

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Local, Unique And VINTAGE HAIR SALON Deacons Hair Salon consist of nine strong team members, each with their own special talents. “All our stylists offer unique insights for our clients upon consultation,” explains owners Nicky and Kyle Deacon. “We pride ourselves in being up to date with current trends, and go on regular training courses and seminars to advance our knowledge when it comes to colour and cutting techniques.” Catering for clients of all ages, Nicky says: “If there’s hair, we will cut it!” The salon’s inspiration comes from a simpler time, as seen in their fabulous antique and vintage decor. “We aim to transport you into a different time, when barber shops and hair salons were a place to hang out and share stories – but most importantly feel comfortable and at ease,” says Nicky. “There are a lot of pop culture references throughout the shop; from comic art to movie art, to local artists’ work on display. And to top it all off, we have a beautiful royal Enfield displayed in the window – opposite our fully functioning bar in the barber section.” Future plans are to incorporate a tattoo studio, as well as a stronger focus on their clothing and merchandise range. FOR MORE INFO: Shop 19A, Hillcrest Centre, 40 Old Main Rd; Facebook @Deaconshairsalon; 072 607 6070, 082 649 6050



Craig – who strongly believes in facilitating a community. “We have tried very hard to make the story of coffee visible to our customers.” A cheerful and energetic bunch of people, the Lineage crew is dedicated to serving, selling and drinking the best coffee possible. “We also sell coffee equipment, repair commercial and consumer machines and run coffee courses,” says Craig. “All our coffee is roasted in-house and available for wholesale and retail purchase.” Going forward Craig wants to focus more on using coffee to uplift people, and he claims he is actually pretty easy to please when it comes to a cup of coffee. “As long as the barista has put his heart into it and can describe the flavour profile he was trying to create, I am happy,” he says. Simple, fresh and delicious food is also available. So pop in for an early morning dad-and-daughter date before school, a moms’ get-together after gym, a late morning business meeting or simply, just a good cup of coffee.



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MODERN BELLYDANCE With A Theatrical Flair Dance Tribe is a small studio community of bellydancers from different backgrounds and ages. “We all have different reasons for dancing, but what brings us together is our love of dance, creativity, learning new things and having a great time while challenging ourselves,” says owner Tarah Van Wyk – who has been bellydancing for over 18 years. Dance Tribe started in 2008 under the guidance of Cindy Crow and Vicki Collins, and Tarah took over the studio in 2013. She has travelled overseas and locally to study and perform, and is dedicated to providing great technique and choreography for her students while respecting the roots of the dance form. “We definitely have a theatrical flair. We love to tell stories with our dances and have produced many full theatrical shows with original storylines and themed shows. Inspiration comes from art, drama, books, music and so much more. The students we have inspire us too, as each person is unique and has their own strengths,” says Tarah. Dance Tribe is a fusion-style bellydance studio. “What this means is that we take the roots of movement of Middle Eastern dance and the nomadic tribes from India, Spain and Eastern Europe and bring it into a modern context. We use a lot of contemporary music and therefore would classify ourselves as ‘modern bellydance’.” FOR MORE INFO: Dance Tribe offers classes, from beginner to advanced, in Hillcrest and Crestholme; dancetribe@live.co.za; FB: dancetribesa

For The Love Of ALL THINGS COLOURFUL For local artist Sharon Potter, painting is a never-ending journey and exploration. She particularly enjoys painting in oils for the richness, vibrancy

and lusciousness. Her subject matter is varied; from florals to landscapes, with portraits being a favourite. “I have lived in Hillcrest since I was six, so I feel like I’m part of the landscape,” says Sharon. “It has grown from a tiny village where children ran wild, to the

bustling centre of today. I’m blessed to live in a quiet area surrounded by nature, and this gives me the stillness to create.” Art was Sharon’s favourite subject at school. Then life happened, but she picked up brushes again 11 years ago. “Colour feeds my soul, and


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that’s probably why I love painting florals. People are infinitely interesting, and if I can capture the ‘essence’ of a person in a portrait, my work is done.” FOR MORE INFO: Sharon’s exhibition – Colour My World – opens at Woza Moya, Hillcrest, on January 30


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What's new for the health conscious? Get Your Health Back With DIVINE ELIXIR In 2011 Brett Austin was grossly overweight and on a path to self-destruction. “Doctors said I did not have long to live, so I started learning about plants and how they could heal my body naturally. I lost 65kg and healed all my ailments,” says Brett. “Not long after that my mom ended up in ICU and having healed myself using each ingredient separately, I made an elixir for the first time which got my mom back on her feet.” A friend visited shortly after that, and Brett gave him a glass to try. The same day he returned and asked for a bottle, because he hadn’t felt that good in years. “That day


it became my new business,” says Brett – who today has two staff members helping him make Divine Elixir. “We have got it down to a fine art and our full intention is to heal the people we serve. There isn’t anything out there that can compete with nature and her ability to heal our bodies naturally.” All ingredients – chaga mushroom, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, lemons, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, sea salt and highly charged water – have been carefully sourced and put together so as to best help the body heal internally, bringing your body back into a state of alkalinity and removing all pathogens.

FRY'S Vegan-Friendly Pizzas The Fry Family Food Co has launched artisan, stone-baked vegan pizzas – delicious and proof that there doesn’t need to be a tradeoff between taste and plant-based eating. The range includes two varieties, Smoky BBQ and Mediterranean, which are both non-GM and dairy free. The pizzas are crafted in Italy and the sourdough base is handstretched and leavened for 24 hours, then wood fired to create an unforgettable taste experience. They are also a wonderfully convenient way for people to bring more plant-based eating into their daily lives – delicious and so easy to prepare. FOR MORE INFO: Recommended retail price: R89,99; www.fryfamilyfood.com

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e deal with stress every day – both in our professional and personal lives. Unlike adults, who can communicate about how stress impacts their lives, children and teens may not recognise or even have the words to describe how they’re feeling. Positive stress responses from events such as changing schools and meeting new friends can actually help our youngsters learn and grow. But when exposed to repeated stressful events without the tools to manage feelings around them, stress can become emotionally and physically toxic. Parents and teachers can watch for short-term behaviours and physical symptoms that manifest when stress becomes a problem. “Anxiety is a combination of intrusive feelings, such as worry, rumination, fear and concern accompanied by physical sensations, such as

Children and teens may not recognise or even have the words to describe how they’re feeling increased heart rate, dizziness, sweating and gastrointestinal complaints,” explains counselling psychologist Sia Rees. “The amygdala, which is the emotion centre of the brain, is the primitive survival centre for humans and is intrinsic to how we function when exposed to a life threat,” continues Sia. “When we are in danger the amygdala automatically activates a fight, flight or freeze response in us that kickstarts the release of stress hormones – giving the body the extra energy it needs in order to attain safety.” Adrenaline acquires the extra energy from the body by “stealing” it from less urgent bodily processes and functions such as digestion – which is often why anxious children complain of sore tummies – and frontal lobe processing. Our frontal lobes are responsible for our higher order thinking such as reasoning and problem solving. “If a learner is experiencing test anxiety, for example, they will find the test more





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Have a structured, predictable environment. Be mindful of situations where the anxious child will struggle and offer support beforehand. Include children in problem solving. There are many allowances you can make for the anxious child, while still ensuring that they face the anxiety head on. Focus on fun; offer free fun time with limited pressures and expectations. Believe in them, see their strength and help them see it.


Make home a “safe place”. Structure and a healthy, predictable routine is vital.

challenging as they won’t have full access to their frontal lobes needed to solve the problems in the test,” explains Sia. A degree of stress is normal and can be a motivating force. “All learners have experienced the anxiety associated with deadlines. This encourages them to learn important life skills such as time management,” says Sia. Common school stressors could include tests, assignments, performance, peer conflicts and challenging subjects. “Bullying can also trigger anxiety. Feeling unaccepted, disliked and like you ‘don’t fit in’ can cause learners to withdraw, which can perpetuate anxiety,” adds Sia. As children enter high school, anxiety can also be provoked by relationship challenges. And towards the end of high school a major stressor is often where/what/when to study. “There is a culture of fear and uncertainty in our country, fear that some children won’t find work and be able to sustain themselves financially, fear as to the state of the country and fear for their safety. Children are brought up amidst these fears, and this can also trigger anxiety,” says Sia. Anxiety in high school also stems from the marks that need to be achieved to get into tertiary education. “As a society, we are looking for a point of difference, something that sets us apart from others so that your version of success

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Create spaces in your home where the only expectation is to have fun. Get out! Nature is so important, teach children to slow down – creating awareness and mindfulness. Be physical, encourage children to exercise before studying, releasing endorphins. Don’t problem solve for them, rather encourage their own problem solving and offer support. Offer praise and reward. Give them something to look forward to and something else to focus their attention on.


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Test/exam anxiety Preparation is key. Anxiety stems from feeling “out of control”. Introduce study timetables at a young age, children process visual information better than they do verbal information. Support with extra lessons if necessary. Some high school children find past papers beneficial as they help them feel that the exam is more predictable and less unknown/frightening. Encourage relaxation techniques the week/day before the exam, such as deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercises. Practice mindfulness. Search online for mindfulness techniques or simply take your child out into the garden for half an hour and focus on breathing and being “in the moment”. A good night’s rest is important, as is a good breakfast. Remember for the anxious child both of these things may be difficult. Don’t force them into a big meal, but encourage a smoothie or a fruit: something less heavy that’ll give them the boost they need. Avoid pre-test/exam corridor hype. Encourage them not to discuss the upcoming paper with peers and rather sit quietly somewhere until the paper starts, or to chat with like-minded friends.

can be attained. I think this is heightened in a South African context, where there is pressure to get the best possible point of difference to set your learners apart in a South African and international context. This means that learners are trying to get into the best possible tertiary options, and this brings about a huge amount of anxiety to perform academically in high school,” says psychologist Bryce Dekker. “To deal with anxiety in a positive manner, we have to reduce the anxiety around some of the key decisions that need to be made in the learners’ high school journey,” Bryce continues. “We want to endeavour to make the small decisions count by always asking whether we are playing towards the child’s strengths or not. In doing so, and supporting the key decision making with providing all the necessary



information to make informed decisions, I think we can deal with the inevitable anxiety as proactively as possible.” “Having and following a structure can significantly improve marks, and by implication reduce performance anxiety,” says Bryce. “I always remember Benjamin Franklin’s words: If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Therapy is sometimes stereotyped as being for children with “issues” or who are “crazy”. The reality is that our children are dealing with more than we ever did as children. “Today’s youth have exposure to more. They are growing up in a world that is busier, faster, smarter and more competitive. Many children don’t cope under this pressure. Giving them access to professional help can help them build grit, make necessary changes and attain a healthier balance in their lives,” says Sia. Sia suggests schools should offer teachers training on caring for the anxious child. “Anxiety awareness campaigns to both children and parents have proved to normalise the emotions associated with anxiety, and offer coping strategies and tools. It is essential for parents and teachers to feel empowered in how they support the anxious child.”

Creating a culture of openness and support, teachers should consider healthy allowances for anxious children. “If they’re afraid of running the race, don’t let them skip the race but rather sit with them one-on-one, talk about the race, talk about their fears and of ways to alleviate those fears. Don’t underestimate a child’s capacity,” says Sia. “Encourage children to believe that they are not victims but survivors; that they are not worriers, but warriors. Validate feelings, understand challenges – but don’t let their anxiety rule.”


FOR MORE INFO Sia Rees: Counselling Psychologist, Hillcrest, 083 777 1017 Bryce Dekker: Psychologist – Industrial, Kloof, 082 653 7637

Where academic excellence is the top priority Outstanding 2019 IEB examination results: • 48,2 % of Maths candidates achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ average distinction rate: 24,9%); Kearsney Maths grade average: 75,4%; • 27,4% of Physical Sciences boys achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ distinction rate: 16,9%). Kearsney Physical Sciences grade average: 69,9%; • 9th consecutive year Kearsney’s Maths and Science distinction rates have been approximately double those of the IEB; • 98% Bachelor Degree pass rate (vs average rate for all IEB schools: 89,51%) and 100% pass rate • 56,9% of Engineering Graphics & Design boys achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ distinction rate: 28,2%). Five boys in the top 1% (top 13 in SA). Kearsney grade average for EGD 81%; • 56,3% of Information Technology candidates achieved distinctions (IEB schools’ distinction rate: 39,5%); • 30% of Kearsney candidates achieved 3 or more distinctions.


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one-day session will differ from business to business, but here are some common agenda items that will apply to most businesses: • Assess actual performance versus targets and goals from 2019. • Review customer information: new clients gained and clients lost during 2019. • Review tactics or strategies that didn’t work in the previous year and understand why they didn’t work. • Identify specific areas for improvement in 2020 and plan how to achieve these

improvements. • Review marketing performance and stats from 2019: which marketing strategies or campaigns delivered the most, which ones didn’t deliver as expected, etc. • Present your budget for the forthcoming year. • Set 2020 goals and targets.  Annual Marketing Plan I am a firm believer that marketing is one of the key secrets to business success, and therefore believe in the importance and value of producing an annual marketing plan. Marketing

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is the function of educating and communicating with your target audience. The marketing plan we produce in our business works on a weekly and monthly format, allowing my team and I to see all our planned marketing activities for each week of each month for the entire year. This plan takes out the guess work when it comes to when and how to market during the year. Once the plan is complete, it needs to become somebody’s job to deliver on the plan and as the business owner or manager, your job is to hold that person accountable.

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rofessionalism has changed and continues to change the face of sport across all disciplines – it has also wrapped its claws around school sport, particularly rugby. People in their mid-40s and beyond will remember sport at school as fun, a chance to test your skills and enjoy time with mates. It never mattered who won or lost, and being chosen to play a game and representing your school was enough to swell the heart and get the adrenaline pumping. These days, school sport has become a semi-professional environment. Youngsters with a particular talent are singled out, nurtured and enrolled in a designated high performance programme where they eat and sleep their sport, regaled with stories of big money backed by a lifestyle previously unheard of. Such a scenario begs the question, has the fun element gone out of school sport? It’s a topic of endless argument, yet the general feeling from a few sports personalities in Durban strongly supports and ticks the “yes” box on this one. East Coast Radio sports personality Sky Tshabalala coaches 1st team rugby, 1st


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TELL US WHAT YOU THINK Has the fun element gone out of school sport? Is winning always important? Whether you’re a parent, learner, or school sports coach at junior or high school, share your thoughts with our readers. Send your views to: katrine@famouspublishing.co.za

BELOW: East Coast Radio sports personality Sky Tshabalala.

team girls’ soccer and U14 cricket in a school environment and has a two-fold outlook, depending on the status of certain schools. “I see a distinct A and B league especially regarding rugby at boys’ schools and hockey for the girls. For kids playing at 1st team level, it becomes like a job, their main focus, having gym sessions and the like during school time,” he says. “As a coach you like winning, but the underlying factor for the kids should be the privilege of representing their school at whatever level, no matter the outcome. Winning or losing should not be a representation of the status of your school or cast a dark cloud over a kid because he or she did not perform on the sports field.” Errol Stewart, a former Natal rugby and cricket player, SA Cricket selector and a SA Schools’ cricket and rugby representative in 1987, was a gifted school sportsman, yet he too laments the current scenario. “Everyone had a go at sport then and if you were a decent allrounder, you were encouraged to play as many sports as possible. Players of all levels were accommodated but that’s gone out the window with kids told to focus on what they are good


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at,” he says. “That creates all sorts of unnecessary pressure on say a 15-year-old who has been told he is the next Handre Pollard or Shaun Pollock. Teenage years are an area of massive development for any child and to be tampered with at that stage is detrimental for them.” Tania Richardson, mother of Dylan Richardson – who played 1st team rugby for two years, captained the side and made his debut for the Sharks in 2019 while also representing the SA U19 side – offers words every parent should heed. “Dylan started rugby at senior primary school and it was something he took a liking to and pursued. He set his own goals and worked towards them in his own way. As a parent, I supported him but never forced him or interfered with what he was doing,” she says. “All he has achieved has been his own doing, but he enjoys it and still sees the fun element because he has appreciated what the game has given him without added pressure.” Former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche has similar thoughts. “As former players we are concerned at the intensity of what is expected of kids in top teams at top schools. The key to longevity in a sport is to enjoy it and have a love for it. Professionalism brings too much too soon and many kids are unprepared for what is expected of them, meaning they stumble and fail with nothing

Teenage years are an area of massive development for any child and to be tampered with at that stage is detrimental for them Errol Stewart


as backup,” he says. “Professionalism is relatively new in South Africa and using sport to measure a school is absolute rubbish.” Sixth in her debut Comrades in 2019, Durban’s Jenna Challenor has mixed feelings. “Sometimes giving everyone a certificate for participating is unrealistic as everything is earned in life, not given. However, they must understand how to deal with winning and losing and controlling that without letting it dominate their lives,” she says. “While winning is great, life doesn’t allow that

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level to last forever and difficult times come. Nothing should be served on a platter and it takes focus, work and dedication, with the proper support base, to get the right results. Crucial to all of this is, does the person involved want to follow that path and want to achieve, or is the status of their school or dream of a coach more important?” Professor Tim Noakes has said: “School sport is about promoting participation by all and not about winning, which is an egocentric, adult value that is important in the appropriate context, but not the most important outcome in school sport. School sport is taking on the characteristics of professional sport. It has become too much like work, with a focus on an outcome and that is to

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 Tania and Dylan Richardson.  Errol Stewart, a former Natal rugby and cricket player.  Former Springbok wing Stefan Terblanche.  Durban runner Jenna Challenor.

win. Winning is usually beyond the control of the individual. The idea that anyone can be trained to be a champion is nonsense.” But, some schools say: “We believe that sports participation is more than just fun, more than optional recreation. It helps to build character. It teaches leadership. One learns to try harder when things get tough, instead of giving up, to persevere, concentrate, and practise.” To summarise: There is competition out there whether we like it or not. Some people get medals and recognition and that’s not a bad thing. As parents, regardless of our children’s struggles or skills, how we help them manage the competitive landscape, is key. Competition at school level needs to be healthy, but respect, humility, sportsmanship and enjoyment are the key elements, not a win at all costs, prove we are the best attitude. It’s an endless debate.



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rish was born and raised on a KZN South Coast sugar cane farm. “When I was two-bricks and a tickey high, I taught my sister in a make-believe classroom,” she laughs. “Thoroughly enjoying maths in high school, I decided to pursue a career in mathematics education.” Trish studied at Edgewood, graduating in 1977. “Shortly after I had my two sons, James and Crispian, I needed to supplement my income,” she says. “This threw me headfirst into maths tutoring, and since then I have always helped students in need – both in and out of the classroom.” After teaching posts at high schools in Durban and Johannesburg, Trish spent a decade at Thomas More College. As a single mom,

the education crisis in South Africa. We would spend hours debating solutions and dreaming about it,” smiles Trish. When the landscape in AP Maths education changed slightly, it offered them an opportunity to get started. “We created AP Maths centres at Maris Stella and Westville Boys High School,” explains Trish. “With the emergence of digital education and edtech, we could really help learners at a larger scale. “Making progress with our AP Maths centres, we knew that in order to pursue the greater dream we had to earn money, reinvest it back into the business and build towards our greater purpose,” says Trish. “The anxiety around the National Benchmark Tests, initiated in 2008, was huge. So we developed the first-ever training course to

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choosing to work at top schools to get reduced fees for her sons allowed her to provide them with a great education. She also passed on her affinity for and years of experience in maths to them. “They both went on to use their aboveaverage maths abilities to study Actuarial Science (James) and Chemical Engineering (Crispian), something I am immensely proud of,” says Trish. When Trish was headhunted by Kearsney College, James and Crispian continued her Advanced Programme mathematics teaching at Thomas More. “All three of us had a passion for education, particularly mathematics, and we really wanted to be a part of the solution to


prepare learners for the daunting NBTs.” Using funds earned from these two soughtafter learning solutions, they began chasing other areas where they could make a difference. Trish left Kearsney after six years to focus on Advantage Learn full time. Today, with James and Crispian, they employ 18 people and have over 3 000 active learners a year. Advantage Learn’s main focus is to provide high school learners and parents with access to the highest quality educators, education materials, help and support by leveraging technology. “We believe we can create Africa’s premium online and in-person, multi-channel

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ABOVE: James, Trish and Crispian of Advantage Learn.

Mom has really established herself as what is referred to in the business world as a ‘turn-around strategist’

and trusted NGO partner. Our world is changing fast, and so is the educational landscape. “The essence of teaching remains much the same. It’s the substance, method and resources that might change,” says James. “The future teacher will be much more focused on emotional support, accountability to mastery and curation of resources than on imparting knowledge, hence helping the learning journey rather than providing the inputs to skills.” “A good teacher is well-prepared, able to adjust to the learners’ knowledge base and deficits, passionate and entertaining,” says Trish. “Approach each lesson with energy, be flexible and rise to the occasion. Accept that you will learn from your students.” “We work very hard to be human in a digital world, and so we are always just a phone call, live chat or email away. If you are a parent or learner in high school and are feeling worried about something that relates to your school academic career or tertiary career, we would love to hear about it and see if we can assist,” says James.


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and multi-location school that is able to reach and educate learners across the continent in a worldclass, high-touch and effective way through wellplaced, innovative learning solutions,” says James. Their current offerings are NBT preparation and Advanced Programme Mathematics courses – both online and in-person – and Maths Online, where you get access to the full maths syllabus from Grades 8 to 12, put together in a way to help you thrive. “Our content is built to be applicable to many different curricula, so no matter where you are in the world you can get access to the best maths teaching and unlimited question-answer support,” says Crispian. Aware that they can either perpetuate the widening education inequality gap or work smart to try to narrow the gap, Advantage Learn’s goal is that for every one subscriber, they distribute access to their valuable online resources through a vetted


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ayne Bushnell’s deep love for horses is imprinted in his DNA. Born into a family of horse enthusiasts, Wayne was put on to a horse by his parents and aunts even before he could walk, steering him into a lifetime dedicated to riding, learning and understanding these naturally gentle creatures. At the age of 12, Wayne started playing polocrosse in his native Zimbabwe and his growing passion


for the sport led him to play and later coach in a number of countries around the world. Whilst living in New Zealand for 17 years, he was also selected for the New Zealand Polocrosse squad to represent the country at the 2011 Polocrosse World Cup. Unfortunately though, an untimely injury prevented him from participating in the event. An engineer by profession, Wayne’s career, together with his love for horses, have taken him to 29 different countries – including England, Ireland,

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ABOVE: Wayne helps youngsters nurture a healthy relationship with their horses. ABOVE RIGHT:

Four-legged friends at complete ease with each other.

Australia, and of course South Africa. A once-in-alifetime opportunity presented itself in 1994, when Wayne spent one year riding on horseback in the Salta North region of Argentina. Here he immersed himself in the traditional Gaucho horse culture of the country, gaining invaluable experience and understanding in horses’ behaviour and how they should be treated. He has also spent time with world-renowned horse whisperer, Monty Roberts, and horsemen in the Australian Outback, honing his skills and deepening his knowledge. Later this year he will be travelling to California, USA, where another internationally esteemed horseman, Warwick Schiller, is based. After returning to Shongweni for what was meant to be a brief visit during the 2015 Polocrosse World Cup, Wayne decided to settle here and start his own horsemanship business. Over the past four years Wayne Bushnell Horsemanship has grown from just one to countless happy clients across the province, with new requests for coaching coming in daily.



ABOVE: Wayne with his six-year-old mare, Sirocco. TOP: Introducing the horse to various objects, such as this inflatable, is key to confidence building.


“The starting point in horsemanship is looking for a connection with the horse and establishing trust,” explains Wayne. “Horses are naturally gentle creatures but they can become easily stressed. That’s why I spend a great deal of time getting the horses into a state of relaxation before training them.” This natural, fear-free method of horsemanship has meant that Wayne has been able to

successfully help horse owners and riders with their discipline and behavioural challenges, turning even aggressive horses into gentle ones. He also offers a range of products such as bitless bridles and rope training halters that have been developed around natural horsemanship. Wayne holds regular training clinics across the length and breadth of the province, going as far inland as Underberg. Training is one-onone, allowing him to address the specific needs of each rider and horse. “There is no one-sizefits-all. Training horses is also largely to do with training people,” he says. “You can train horses with voice commands and clicks, but 90% of our communication with horses is about our body language.” Wayne also offers training for grooms, trail riding, confidence building and leads Berg trail rides into Lesotho. This year he will be conducting clinics in the UK as well as in Spain, spreading his passion for natural horsemanship even further afield. He has also been a volunteer at the Horse Care Unit in Cato Ridge for the past three years, where horses are rehabilitated and homed.


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aterfall Schools is the result of years of teaching in the Highway area, combined with brave new thinking, an independent educational pathway from 12 months to Grade 12 that incorporates Waterfall PrePrimary, Waterfall Preparatory and Waterfall College. Based on the iThemba Campus, just a stone’s throw from Cotswold Downs, Waterfall Schools is founded on Christian values and


celebrates the God-given gifts of every person, from staff to students and parents. This is expressed in different ways through the phases, but always with a focus on creating age-appropriate structures to support and guide each child in their development. The past four years have seen dramatic change on the iThemba Campus, with spacious classrooms, sports fields and a netball/basketball court being built. The Insele Trail provides a fantastic setting for early morning runs, MTB Club adventures and

for lessons to come alive. ​ Pre-Primary learners are also able to explore an interactive sensory path, complete with bird bath and worm farm. The latest developments include eight new classrooms for the College and an expanded Media Centre. “God has blessed us beyond our imaginations and

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we believe that we have been called to use this to make an impact in children’s lives,” says College Principal Jeanette van der Merwe. This growth would not have been possible without the schools’ partnership with Focus on iThemba, an NPO that promotes life-altering positive change in the Valley of 1 000 Hills through Early Childhood Development. This partnership has also seen 12 pupils join Waterfall Schools as part of the iThemba Scholars initiative, which provides donor-funded scholarships from Grade 000

says Preparatory Principal Brad Cooper. Homework is also kept to a minimum, with projects and revision largely completed during class time. Prep pupils are exposed to a range of subjects, sports and extra murals, with the freedom to choose those that appeal to them most. Music and Drama teacher, Tessa Louw, has been thrilled by the commitment and creativity she has seen in her classroom and on the stage. As one of the smallest high schools in the area, the College

to Matric to learners from partnering pre-schools in the Valley of 1 000 Hills who show the aptitude to flourish academically. “​It has been wonderful to witness the growth of our youngest iThemba Scholars, and we look forward to welcoming more in 2021 and beyond,” says Pre-Primary Principal Paula Mason. “Our school is a bright, creative space where we hear giggles, feel joy and see smiles. Teachers and staff are equipped to develop each little person’s confidence, concentration

and age-appropriate life skills through play learning,” Mason continues. “The Tadpoles app is a vital tool in fostering meaningful communication between our staff and parents, who receive a detailed daily report and photos of their children’s activities.” A strong partnership between teacher, pupil and parent is key to the child’s well-being and, therefore, their ability to learn and thrive. “At the Prep, we recognise the value of family time and are selective in what we add to our fixtures and events schedule,”

Waterfall Schools Grade R to 12 Open Day: Thursday February 13, 9am and 5pm

motivate students to achieve their personal best play a significant role in maintaining high academic standards, and we aim to continue our record of 100% IEB Matric pass,” says Vivienne Lamplough, College Head of Academics. Teachers partner with parents to guide students in developing their sense of self, encouraging them to be calm under pressure, think creatively and draw on their faith to find strength. Service and leadership are key, giving our teens the opportunity to stretch themselves and connect with the wider community. FOR MORE INFO To find out more or to arrange a tour, call 031 710 1808 or email hello@waterfallschools.co.za; www.waterfallschools.co.za; iThemba Campus, 111 Ngwele Road, Hillcrest

has made an impressive impact in its 16-year history. With a maximum of 48 students per grade there is time for personal attention, and communication with parents is a priority. The College offers 16 IEB subjects, including Languages, Mathematics, the Sciences, Consumer Studies, Design, Drama, Accounting, Business Studies and EGD (Engineering Graphics and Design). “Experienced teachers who


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 Waterfall Pre-Primary

This year marks five years since Waterfall Pre-Primary School opened its doors on the iThemba Campus. Principal Paula Mason has been a key roleplayer in its development. “I feel so fortunate to have watched the children and our school grow over the past few years. My goal for 2020 is to maintain the high standard of teaching, learning, facilities and community at our school and on our campus. “It’s incredible when you see a child progress. It’s that look of satisfaction and achievement on their faces that keeps me


going. That and all the hugs!”  Waterfall Preparatory

Brad Cooper has lead the team at Waterfall Preparatory since 2017, when the school had just six classes. Today, the Prep has 16 classes, from Grade R to Grade 7, with developing facilities and a growing reputation in the community. Brad is inspired by seeing children happy and motivated to learn. “I love to hear about children who have discovered

BELOW: Jeanette van der Merwe, Brad Cooper and Paula Mason, Waterfall Schools.

their self-worth, who are actively exploring their interests and reflecting themselves as they really are.” Brad aims to make a positive difference in as many lives as possible, by empowering children and staff, giving them the freedom to enquire, attempt and possibly fail, review and retry, always with support and encouragement.  Waterfall College Together with her committed team, Jeanette van der Merwe has taken Waterfall College from 70 students in 2004 to over 210 today, developing a reputation for passionate teachers who go the extra mile for their students, while maintaining high academic standards. “This year, I aim to do everything possible to take WFC to ever greater heights as part of Waterfall Schools, to establish and grow relationships within our community, and to serve others.”  St Mary’s DSG Executive Principal of St Mary’s DSG, Jonathan Manley has led the school for the past eight years. The school has a reputation for pursuing excellence in all areas and prides itself in providing an all-round education for each girl. Jonathan believes independent schools are vital in the development of our communities, and can act in partnership with other organisations in growing talent and educating young people. The Upper Highway area is very fortunate to have many highly regarded independent schools and they often work together, sharing

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ABOVE: Jonathan Manley, St Mary’s DSG. the lessons learnt and ensuring that standards remain high. Jonathan is passionate about lifelong learning and is always looking for ways in which to develop the teachers’ skills and to ensure that parents are involved in the education of their children. He maintains that the team approach between parents and teachers is essential if schools are to be effective.  Highbury Preparatory Highbury has a legacy of knowing boys and headmaster Roland Lacock lives this mantra in the way he interacts daily with the boys and their parents. Roland joined the Highbury family in 2017 as their sixth headmaster in 117 years. Roland is passionate about honouring tradition, inspiring

BELOW: Roland Lacock, Highbury Preparatory.

excellence and bringing out the best in every boy. A highlight of his week is “Good Work Friday” when proud boys visit his office to show him their books. He is a firm believer in discipline based on clear boundaries, consequences and then forgiveness.  Kearsney College Elwyn van den Aardweg has been headmaster of Kearsney College since 2001 and will lead Kearsney into its second century next year. Elwyn is committed to ensuring boys leave Kearsney as men ready to cope with the varied demands in all spheres of life. He encourages the importance of balance – in

ABOVE: Elwyn van den

Aardweg, Kearsney College; Dave Wiggett, Thomas More College.

academics, sport, culture and leadership roles. His drive and commitment have confirmed Kearsney’s well-established reputation for academic excellence, and he places significant importance on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for study and

career options. “School leavers will need a strong foundation in these subjects to succeed in this information-driven age, as well as to help fill the significant skills shortage in the country’s engineering and IT space,” says Elwyn.  Thomas More College Thomas More College celebrates learning and community. Learning is underpinned by the fundamental belief in

the critical importance of relationships and that every child is delightfully unique. TMC place character education, quality, agility, sustainability and relevance – complemented by their inspired, living ethos – firmly in the middle of their strategic development and decisionmaking processes. TMC encourage and celebrate a sense of wonder, our African and global human connectedness, academic rigour, critical and creative thinking, gratitude, integrity, grit, respect, Christian love and empathy. TMC is committed to preparing the children fully to be tomorrow’s leaders today.



Hillcrest High School H-ONOUR, H-ARD WORK, S-ERVICE HHS has achieved over 40 years of excellence in ser ving our local community, providing exceptional physical and social environments in which all learners have the opportunity to become the best they can be academically, culturally and in sport. We had another outstanding

Matric pass rate in 2019, with a pass rate of 99,5% and 82,4% Bachelor passes, 183 distinctions and two of our top achievers, Jyothishna Jug daw and Hanru Jansen van Vuuren, achieved no less than 8 distinctions each. Jyothishna was further selected throug h an extremely string ent

process, to be awarded the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s scholarship (she was one of 1366 students to apply). INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS 2019  DoE’s representative at Shanghai International Sister Cities Youth Camp  Debating


 International Arts Talent  ESports  PtPI Global Youth Forum  Tourism  Polocrosse  Netball  Softball  Rugby  Touch Rugby  Swimming  Bouldering & Rock


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 Hillcrest High School

Established in 1976, Hillcrest High School has advanced in leaps and bounds over the past 44 years. Principal since 1999, Craig Girvin’s accomplishments include major improvements to the school’s infrastructure, including a new indoor centre to be opened later this year and a very successful Learning Support Unit for Grades 8 and 9, as well as the implementation of their e-learning programme. Craig has encouraged a balance between cultural, service and sporting extra murals at the school, and overseen the high standards

ABOVE: Craig Girvin, Hillcrest

High School; Dave Knowles, Clifton.

of academic excellence. In addition, his disciplined leadership, commitment and values have helped to maintain Hillcrest High School as one of the leading co-educational schools in the Upper Highway area.  Clifton Clifton offers a world-class, holistic education for boys

from Grade R through to Grade 12, catering specifically to the development of boys into responsible, confident and competent young men. The school provides an educational environment designed to facilitate learning and assist in developing young men of character, who share an uncompromising belief in the power of family values, thrive on competition, delight in discovery, exercise compassion and are

courageous in their choices. “While we walk this journey of progress and development with our young men, we are conscious of our motto, “prodesse quam conspici” – to accomplish, rather than to be conspicuous. As such, our boys remain humble and well mannered.”  St John’s D.S.G. St John’s offers a balanced education with a focus on giving each girl the opportunity to achieve her full potential academically, physically, spiritually and emotionally. St John’s’ task is to find out what her abilities and gifts are, and to nurture and develop these in a unique

HIGHBURY OPEN DAY • Grades R-7 • Friday, 6 March 2020 at 08h30 • RSVP: www.hps.co.za

Give your son the Highbury advantage At Highbury, we know that boys learn differently. They need space, they need challenges and they need to be active learners. That’s why, over 117 years, we have developed an environment tailor-made to bring out the best in your son. Highbury offers your son all the advantages of a dynamic education, through academics, culture and sport – while equipping him with Christian values and the skills to succeed as a well-connected global citizen. Knowing Boys. Since 1903.


ABOVE: Simon Moore, St John’s D.S.G.

BELOW: Barry Wilson, DPHS;

Marianne Bailey, Durban Girls’ College.

way in order for her to excel. Caring more about a sincere, child-focused, authentic education – which develops potential and assists the development of girls into confident, well-balanced leaders of the future who are respected for who they are and their beliefs – St John’s is confident that when this is the focus, the results look after themselves.  Durban Preparatory High School “For me personally,” says headmaster Barry Wilson, “I cherish the fact that I am the first DPHS Old Boy to serve as headmaster with ‘blue and gold’ running through my veins for 30 years – initially as scholar, then student teacher for four years, staff member for 19 years, with 2020

announcing my fourth year as Headmaster at DPHS.” Barry has lived the traditions and values that are constantly practised in this globally respected school for boys and share its common purpose in “Preparing our Boys for Life”. “This is noticed annually across high schools, tertiary, provincial, national and international levels where DPHS boys have continued to excel in academic, sport and cultural activities, as they build on their solid prep foundation that they received here,” says Barry.  Durban Girls’ College “Our aim is to contribute positively to education in South Africa through producing young women of substance who find their niche and who champion social responsibility, social justice, equality and environmental challenges; thereby enriching our community,” says executive head Marianne Bailey. “The educational experience that our girls receive equips them to be adaptable, and face the realities – and uncertainties – of a world that is changing, rapidly.



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orn in Pietermaritzburg, David Jenkins grew up in Empangeni and became fascinated by Zulu culture and history at a young age while travelling through Zululand with his late father Chris Jenkins – a highly respected journalist. “We had a great relationship and shared many interests. Some of my fondest memories of our time together include sailing yachts in Richards Bay, as well as our many trips through the beautiful province of KZN,” says David. Over the years his interest developed

I taught myself how to play the Zulu guitar and concertina, and my passion and skills grew from strength to strength significantly, and through this David found a love for traditonal Maskandi music. “Thanks to the support I received from my parents, my sister Amy and our beloved housekeeper, the late Thembani ‘Tee’ Dlamini, I was encouraged to follow my dream.” “I taught myself how to play the Zulu guitar and concertina, and my passion and skills grew from strength to strength,” says David, whose first gigs took place at Felixton College during his high school career. “Understandably, these were nerve-wracking initial performances – especially due to my shy nature. But they were also incredibly important as they paved the way for my passion for performing live.”


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After matriculating, David decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional musician. This was made possible in 2010, after meeting Maqhinga Radebe when enquiring about a concertina tuner. “Soon thereafter I was offered my first record deal by Sibongiseni Shabalala – a member of five-time Grammy Award winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo,” he says. David released his debut album in 2011, and has since been working incessantly at making a name for himself in a competitive industry. His second album, released in 2014, was nominated for a SAMA (South African Music Award) and SATMA (South


LEFT: David Qadasi Jenkins and Maqhinga Radebe.

BELOW: A very young white Zulu - back in 2001.

This Valentine’s day, gift your partner with the immeasurable gift of quality time together …. In my praise poem I refer to myself as being iqadasi elidl’ uphuthu neklabishi, meaning ‘the white guy who eats traditional Zulu food’

African Traditional Music Award). “Music has taken me to the USA, UK, Europe, Asia and throughout South Africa. Travelling is a great passion of mine, and fortunately music is giving me the opportunity to see the world and meet incredibly interesting people from all walks of life,” says David – who lives in Kloof. “I’m so fortunate to share these experiences with my dear friend and co-musician Maqhinga,” he continues. “He has played such a huge role in my career as a professional musician. Through our music and travels, we have been exposed to the world of wildlife conservation and are honoured to be working alongside the Kingsley



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ABOVE: Attending an anniversary of the Battle of Isandlwana - events like these helped spark David’s interest in Zulu culture and history at a young age. BELOW: The “Qadasi Band” opened for Johnny Clegg at the Durban Botanical Gardens in 2013.


Holgate Foundation and Project Rhino as rhino conservation ambassadors.” Qadasi is an old Zulu word for white person. “In my praise poem I refer to myself as being iqadasi elidl’ uphuthu neklabishi, meaning ‘the white guy who eats traditional Zulu food’,” explains David. “Maqhinga picked up on this after I first met him and thought it was quite amusing. He never called me David again, and the name stuck.” Although a number of people have inspired David over the years, two who stand out are his mother and grandfather. “After my father passed away in 2008, my mother had to take on the role as head of the family – and yet she continued to be a constant pillar of strength for my sister and I while supporting our dreams,” he says. “My 92-year-old grandfather has had

an incredibly interesting life travelling around South Africa and Zimbabwe as a missionary. He spent much of his time helping those in need while also being a loving and supportive member of our family.” Performing live is what David makes David tick. “It is an amazing feeling being given a platform to share your passion with a public audience,” he says. “Building your brand as a musician doesn’t happen overnight. It requires a huge amount of patience, research and dedication,” says David. “But going forward I see myself performing internationally on a regular basis and continuing to promote the country and traditional South African roots music.” FOR MORE INFO www.davidjenkins.co.za

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Wellness in




LEAN EATING AND DRINKING It’s a buzzword bandied about by stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Beyoncé, but it’s rooted in the natural health movement of the 60s and sensible principles. • Focus on whole, natural, unrefined foods: lots of veggies and fruits, whole grains and legumes, some lean protein (preferably free-range), and healthy oils and fats like avocados, raw nuts and seeds and their oils, and fatty fish several times a week. • Avoid or minimise processed foods (“occasional treats are fine,” says dietitian Dudu Mthuli, nutrition and health manager at Unilever in uMhlanga), as they can lose healthy fibre and nutrients, while gaining unwanted saturated fats or trans salt, sugar, preservatives and other additives. Read labels. • Drink plenty of plain water, she says – invest in a filter, and keep a jug in the fridge, with sliced lemon, cucumber, apple or mint leaves for flavour; sip unsweetened tea or coffee.


Look for organic, non-toxic products to clean your body as well as your home, dishes and clothes

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NON-TOXIC GREEN LIVING It’s easier to live a healthier and more ethical lifestyle than you think. • Buy local produce in season to lessen your carbon footprint (support farmers’ markets), and choose freerange and organic if you can afford it, but only if it doesn’t mean you buy and eat less of a variety of fresh fruit and veggies: “Be sure to get at least five portions a day,” says Dudu. Rinse well – even produce with inedible skins, as cutting through these with a knife may contaminate the insides. • Also look for organic, non-toxic products to clean your body (your skin is your largest organ and some

add up,” says Durban fitness consultant Hayley Cassim of Gym in a Box. • Work out with weights (or water bottles) for 10 minutes, to strengthen muscles and bones. • Hire a trainer for a session to get guidelines on what works best for your body. EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL WELLNESS This is vital to cope with the challenges in turbulent times, helping you put problems in perspective and bounce back. • Name your emotions: anger, stress? Don’t suppress or act on your emotions. Take a few moments to compose yourself (breathe deeply), then address

them. If they’re more than you can handle, talk to an understanding friend, or a professional. • Know the signs of depression – ongoing low mood, crying, agitation, angry outbursts, tiredness, changes in sleeping or eating patterns or libido, withdrawal. “Start by seeing a doctor who can rule out physical problems such as anaemia and hormonal imbalance, and refer you to other professionals,” says Cassey Chambers, operations director of the SA Depression and Anxiety Group. • Get moving and eat sensibly: just exercising briskly for 20-30 minutes a day can help relieve stress and boost feel-good endorphins, and a balanced diet can improve mood.


chemicals can penetrate it and be absorbed), as well as for your home, dishes and clothes. • Keep plants around the home and your workplace to clean the air – they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. ACTIVE LIVING Moving briskly for just 30 minutes a day will give your heart and other muscles a workout, keep you strong and help you maintain a healthy weight. • Do what you enjoy, so you keep doing it: walk with a friend, dance with your partner, do squats watching the news. Three 10-minute sessions a day will do it. “Small pockets of exercise beat no exercise and


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WORK WELLNESS Work should be satisfying and stretching, but today is often a major source of stress. • Do regular stress awareness check-ins: Are you irritated, tired, does your head or stomach ache? Is there tension in your shoulders, neck or back? Stretch and take a break. Get up every hour for at least five minutes, take a brisk walk, trot up and down any stairs. • Consider getting in an ergonomics expert to assess your workspace and make recommendations (visit www.nioh.ac.za or


Are you irritated, tired, does your head or stomach ache? Is there tension in your shoulders, neck or back?

http:ergomax.co.za). • Make time to connect with colleagues in a non-work way – at the water cooler, before meetings, or even after work to build rapport and support, and relax. FINANCIAL WELLNESS Financial problems fuel stress and depression, while adopting smart financial habits can give a sense of security and confidence. • Cultivate the three Bs: budget, build savings,

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The greatest wealth is health VIRGIL become aware of your spending habits. • Go through your bank statements and chat to your partner or best friend to see where your money goes: instead of your daily cafe cappy, could you brew your own? • Understand “spending addiction”: Like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, we get a dopamine rush when we find and acquire something we desire, but it’s short-lived, and can leave us in debt, cautions businesswoman Steph Vermeulen, pioneer of EQ in South Africa. FAMILY WELLNESS Nothing is more important than family – strengthen yours by checking in regularly, however busy. • If you can’t eat a meal together each day, have a weekly family night. Cook or braai together, or have build-your-own pizza bases and toppings, and play board games. These teach children problem-solving, turn-taking, and how to handle winning and losing, and let you laugh together. • Have periodic family meetings to discuss and delegate chores, plan outings and talk finances and budgets in an age-appropriate way. • Volunteer together – join a beach, river or street clean-up, plant trees, serve a meal at a homeless shelter, it develops life-skills and compassion. Visit www. charitysa.co.za, www.greatergoodsa. co.za for organisations and causes in each province.

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here is no easy 10-step guide to saving the world, but here are some ideas to start recognising the damage we cause to the vanishing world of nature. Reimagine your garden: Many suburban gardens look “green”. However, look a little closer and most are ecologically-sterile deserts with neatly-mowed lawns and brickpaving, roses and other alien plants which provide very little food or benefit to local birds, small animals and insect-life. A good place to start is to buy a copy of Charles and Julia Botha’s book Bring Nature Back To Your Garden. (To order, contact Marylynn Grant on 082 663 8266 or email nflora@mweb.co.za) Some of the ideas in this book may challenge your comfort zone, but you don’t have to change everything overnight. Start slowly, gradually replacing exotic plants with indigenous varieties that will provide edible



Are you willing to rewild and share some of your “private” space with other species of life?

fruit, nectar, seeds and berries during different seasons. Africa is beautiful, so do we really need neat and pretty English gardens? Are you willing to rewild and share some of your “private” space with other species of life? Does the entire lawn have to be mowed every week before it can produce edible seeds? Do we need to poison our gardens with pesticides and toxic sprays? Should we be wasting energy on convenience appliances like electric leaf-blowers? Reduce your electricity footprint: This is not just about saving money. Most of South Africa’s electricity comes from burning coal in Eskom power stations which produce greenhouse gas emissions that heat up the world and change the climate. Consider installing a solar-powered-geyser the next time your electric geyser bursts. Solar systems are getting cheaper, and will continue to get cheaper as more people make the choice

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In most households, 35% of the water bill gets flushed down the loo daily

to switch over to greener power. Reduce water waste: The biggest waterguzzler in your home is the toilet. In most households, 35% of the water bill gets flushed down the loo daily. No one wants smelly toilets, but do they have to be flushed after every visit? Can we redesign our homes to harvest rainwater for flushing? Don’t waste expensive tap water on topping up your pool. Rather buy a detachable length of PVC gutter pipe and hook this up to a gutter down-pipe to catch rain water off your roof. You’ll be amazed how quickly the pool fills up after a heavy downpour. You can also install a JoJo tank to catch more rain to water the garden during dry months, but also select local, water-wise plants that are adapted to survive in dry weather. For starters, ditch the air-conditioner and open the doors and windows when it gets hot. We have survived quite well without air-con for centuries, even in Durban. Also


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consider taking expert advice from an electrician and plumber on smarter ways to reduce your power bills and your climate-change footprint. Reuse, recycle and refurbish: Whenever possible, try to repair or refurbish your household appliances and fixtures instead of replacing them with new products. This is not always easy, because manufacturers design products to wear out quickly and force you to replace them. But, if you ask around, there are still some skilled handymen who can fix things professionally. Rather than hauling bags of leaves and grass cuttings to the nearest garden refuse dump, build a small compost heap at home and start producing your own fertiliser. All you need are a few gum poles, wooden slats and some nails to bang together a simple storage area. Refuse single use: The world is full of throw-away products designed for the convenience of consumers and suppliers – but it all comes at a cost. Fruit and vegetables are packaged in thick layers of polystyrene and plastic. Electric bulbs,


Almost everything you buy or do has a direct or indirect impact on the environment

chocolates and other products arrive in blister packs that eventually end up in landfill sites or polluting rivers and the sea. Can this be changed? Use your voice and your spending power to put pressure on supermarket and store managers to supply products in a way that generates less throw-away waste. Recognise your personal impact: Almost everything you buy or do has a direct or indirect impact on the environment. It is not just the luxury stuff or the exotic timber furniture chopped from a tropical rainforest. Look closely at every item in your home – including the “invisible” stuff like the paint on your walls or the bricks, cement, tiles and aluminium or steel window frames. Then ask yourself: Where did all this stuff come from? How was it made and at what environmental cost? Start to join the dots linking them to the giant mining pits, razed forests or polluted oceans across the globe. This might not solve anything immediately, but it may prompt us to think more deeply and become less smug. Recognising our impacts may inspire more awareness and a responsibility to assume a personal role in influencing our friends, families and elected political representatives to change some of the bigger problems we can’t tackle on our own. Rethink your choices: It’s fantastic to “do our little bit”, but quick, cosmetic solutions won’t make any measurable difference in reversing the current scale of rampant environmental destruction across the world. Our public transport system is pretty hopeless, but you do have a choice between driving a flashy, fuel-guzzling 4x4 or downgrading to a smaller, fuel-efficient vehicle to reduce climate gas emissions. You also have a choice between jetting off to Mauritius or Switzerland on holiday – or reducing your carbon footprint by spending your holidays exploring the many natural and cultural wonders of South Africa. The inconvenient truth is that we have to find ways to fly less, drive less and buy less while we navigate a very difficult path back to a less glamorous but more environmentallysustainable future.

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o you’ve had an amazing year-end break, but like most of us you’ve probably overindulged. Feeling bloated, lacking energy and in desperate need of a detox? Now that the fun and festivities are over, it is time to kick those bad habits you’ve picked up to get your health back on track. Our gut is the heart and soul of our body, and if it is not functioning to its best everything suffers. Hippocrates said more than 2 000 years ago that all disease begins in the gut, but we’re only now coming to understand just how right he was. Research has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut can contribute to a wide range of diseases. Gut flora promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protection from infection, regulates metabolism and comprises more than 75% of our immune system. The most obvious first step in maintaining a healthy gut is to avoid all of the things that destroy gut flora – such as antibiotics, chemicals and a bad diet. As we start 2020, let’s look at how you can get your gut back on track and keep it there:  Increase the amount of fibre (prebiotics) in your diet. Fibre feeds the beneficial

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bacteria in your gut and creates an environment that your gut bacteria can flourish in. Some examples of fibre rich foods include avocados, berries, brussels sprouts, artichokes, chickpeas, lentils, nuts, beans and quinoa.  Give your body a detox from the following foods: wheat, sugar, red meat, dairy and processed foods. Even just a few days will be beneficial. Cutting out portions of your diet that are harmful for your gut health is a great way to get your gut back

on track fairly quickly.  Feed your body with probiotics. No matter how good your diet is or what supplements you take, your body cannot function 100% optimally without the correct balance of beneficial bacteria. If the gut flora is damaged, the best foods and supplements in the world may not be broken down and absorbed. When it comes to gut health, it’s about giving your gut what it needs to recover and work properly. When it’s working as it should, you’ll certainly notice the difference. Rawbiotics is a non-freeze-dried liquid and raw probiotic, is vegan friendly, suitable for diabetes, free of dairy, lactose, soy and gluten. Rawbiotics probiotics does not need to be refrigerated. This 100% natural blend of beneficial bacteria will ensure your body is able to utilise the nutrition from the food you eat, prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria, promote a strong immune system and create its own natural vitamins.


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woke seconds before the alarm – at 3.10am. Not the tiniest sliver of light, only the hush of soft rain, as we wrestled groggily into our rain gear. By 4am, we were on the open safari vehicle with our Wildlife ACT Priority Species Monitor, Marumo Nene, at the wheel. Each person had their designated seat and tools to perform a specific role. We were tracking an African wild dog pack. Our base was the research camp of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, where the monitors and volunteers of Wildlife ACT (African Conservation Team) reside, and from where we would head out on the morning species monitoring session (never termed a game drive), living the life of a volunteer. We hadn’t a clue what was involved, nor how intense, exhausting and utterly satisfying the experience could be. There were four volunteers – a young French couple, and two young women, one English, the other American. Over dozens of volunteering options, they had chosen Wildlife ACT. We were intrigued as to why. Wildlife ACT was founded to provide vital “priority species” monitoring services to reserves which don’t have the means to do so themselves. They offer this service free of charge, to ensure the continuing safety of these endangered species – especially wild dogs – but also cheetah, black rhino, vultures, elephant, lion and leopard. They work in partnership with the management of five reserves in KZN. It’s costly, laborious work, but vital for so many reasons, including supplying regular, meticulous data to various organisations worldwide and devising effective management practices. The funding for Wildlife ACT comes from the


The work you do here is often not pretty, glamorous or easy. But what we can tell you is that it’s REAL

volunteers, and this funding model has supported the operating costs of the monitoring project for the past 10 years. Johan Maree is one of the three founders, the others being Chris Kelly (based locally) and Dr Simon Morgan (Stanford University, USA). His welcoming words, “The work you do here is often not pretty, glamorous or easy. But what we can tell you is that it’s REAL.” And it is, for volunteer funding aside, without their manpower, the volume of monitoring work would make it impossible. The majority of volunteers are international,

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but South Africans do join the team. They include young people on a gap year or during their tertiary education work experience, more mature participants on a career break/annual leave looking for meaningful opportunities, or retirees who have time and a wealth of experience to share. Most international volunteers have only ever seen Africa’s iconic species in zoos, so although a love of animals is usually a prime motivator, everyone has a vision to make a difference. Yes, they’re going to learn, see new countries, and meet new people, but their primary goal is to contribute meaningfully to conservation. Volunteering has spawned an industry, particularly in the field of wildlife, and there are agencies established to facilitate this. Volunteering encompasses a wide range of countries, activities and costs. Africa, with its complex issues around wildlife, poaching and poverty, is a popular choice, but homework is essential. Word of mouth is a good indicator, but it’s not enough. There are many organisations happy to take your money, but

TOP: A combination of telemetry equipment, binoculars, patience, and an understanding of the animals’ movement patterns, will eventually pay off. ABOVE: Camera traps need constant attention. LEFT: A welcome coffee and rusk break.


you need to ensure complete transparency around an authentic experience. If potential volunteers are unsure about the credibility of a volunteering experience – specifically around wildlife – this independent platform is useful: the Volunteers in Africa Beware Facebook page. It’s a valuable resource, as it highlights the pitfalls of many pseudoconservation volunteering organisations with questionable ethics that lure many unsuspecting participants. So, how did these four young people, namely Florent, Louise, Jo and Ally end up at Wildlife ACT? They did their homework. Reservations Manager Bronwen Kelly handles the volunteer bookings: “The majority book directly through me (via our website, or emailing directly via word of mouth), and we have a few agents.” Florent Locatelli from France, says, “My desire to volunteer stems from a personal passion for conservation work, fed by books, documentaries and travels. I wanted to contribute to this endeavour, and learnt about Wildlife ACT through web research and friends.” Expectations? A


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grin, “Mostly I came prepared for anything!” Ally Pierce says the team gelled from the outset: “I have smiled more in the past two weeks than I ever have in any other two-week period. I feel like I have gotten back my childlike sense of wonder about the world.” Jo Haughton’s always loved animals: “Volunteering let me see animals in their natural habitat, while also doing something to help their

stationary, unseen animal to start moving. But the deep sense of satisfaction when that animal is seen, its puppies safe, no snares, and a host of other quantifiable markers, is unlike anything else. To know that you matter, the work you’re doing matters, that fitting fresh batteries into the remote-controlled camera traps to monitor black rhino, cheetah and leopard enables valuable data to be utilised, is everything. If you’re volunteering at Wildlife ACT, you won’t have an en suite room, or even your own room. You’ll cook, clean, overheat, freeze, get wet, and tired. But while you’re collating the photographs and data from a camera trap or hanging on to the vehicle over rough terrain to ensure the safety of that wild dog, you’ll know that what you’re doing is the real deal. When you sit round the campfire, talking about your day, your dreams for the future … you’ll know precisely why you’re there.

Volunteering let me see animals in their natural habitat, while also doing something to help their preservation preservation. Wildlife ACT seemed to be one of the few projects genuinely putting volunteers in the position to be a part of the conservation effort, and as it was supported by the WWF, I knew it was doing great work. It’s honestly been one of the best experiences of my life.” Did we find the wild dogs? Yes, thanks to Marumo’s skills and the telemetry equipment. It can take laborious hours, just waiting for a



ABOVE: Everything in its place

– a well-maintained kit, with all the requisite tools of the trade.

BELOW: African wild dog. Picture: Simon Watson

FOR MORE INFO www.wildlifeact.com NOTE: The volunteer participation fee is R22 000 a person for the first two weeks, then R15 700 for every two weeks thereafter. There’s a discounted rate for South African citizens: R17 700 for the first two weeks, and R13 600 for every two weeks thereafter. This includes all meals and accommodation.

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or 25 years PhotoNote has continued to offer technological innovation in the workplace, all the while maintaining a strong service culture with clients. These two principles are the cornerstone of their success as a Durban business, and their foundation for a future that will set them apart from the rest, making them your number one business partner of choice. PhotoNote has come a long way. Phillip Kershaw started the business a quarter of a century ago with three staff operating out of a small office supplying photocopiers. Today, the company owns a big warehouse and office complex overlooking Riverhorse Valley, and atop the expansive roof of that building is the latest addition to their vast range of office equipment aimed at maximising productivity in the workplace – solar panels. Years ago Phillip saw the power of technology when he set out supplying photocopiers. In no time his exponential growth saw him extend his offering to include data projectors, CCTV cameras, telecoms, interactive solutions, access control systems, digital printers, computers … and now solar panels. Along the way PhotoNote made diversification key to its strategy, while always maintaining a strong service culture. According to Phillip, you can have all the new-




fangled technology under the sun, but if you don’t have open, honest relationships the gizmos are worthless. PhotoNote’s emphasis is on good products and prized relationships, and customers who are confident of the company’s commitment to

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them will stay the course – even if the ride gets bumpy. “My ethos has always been ‘stay true to your word’. When I started out in photocopiers there was a multitude of problems. Even the heaviest wearing copier takes a pounding. Hiccups require regular call-

RIGHT: Director and Group MD, Phillip Kershaw believes high service levels entrench customer loyalty.

BELOW: The “power” team driving PhotoNote’s business success. From left: Jacques van Heerden, Gerhard Rudolph, Candi Moodie, Andrew Murray and Richard Pereira.

outs, but if you resolve problems swiftly and honestly you earn a reputation for reliability. “If we say we will be there at noon, we will be five minutes early,” Phillip says. High service levels entrench customer loyalty, making it so much easier to sell more than CCTV

cameras and photocopiers. The company’s clients rely on them for bigger technology solutions. In addition to the technological side of the business, one aspect that is crucial to their success is the business solutions PhotoNote offer to ensure your business operates efficiently, every day, and keeps up with changes in the industry – leaving the business owner to focus on business. PhotoNote is a let-to-own company that offers finance mechanisms for high-end equipment. Firms often cannot afford the capital outlay for equipment in a single transaction, and items like photocopiers and CCTV systems are often best funded through monthly instalments and service contracts. PhotoNote also offer tailormade packages to suit your business; business continuity to limit downtime; and UPS and generators to keep your business running and making

You can have all the newfangled technology under the sun, but if you don’t have open, honest relationships the gizmos are worthless” – Phillip Kershaw money. Offering these business solutions is how Phillip has built a client base of almost 2 000 companies. In 2018 Phillip had something of a revelation when a businessman offered to cut R8 000 a month off his electricity bill. He spent R400 000 installing solar panels on his roof in Riverhorse and experienced the saving


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firsthand. “In Durban, there are 300 days of pretty much guaranteed sunlight – enough to power solar panels.” The new enterprise found their first customers among PhotoNote’s loyal clientele, and to date they have installed six projects worth R7-million. PhotoNote has already covered acres of schools and factory roofs in solar, which from the onset is not meant to supply power during load shedding. PhotoNote’s offering is simple: super savings on electricity bills. Most of the solar leasing arrangements PhotoNote have installed have washed their face immediately, meaning the customers save more on their electricity bills than their monthly purchase commitment. In five years, when customers have paid off their solar plants, the value of the saving will have effectively doubled. “The solar aspect of our business is a no-brainer,” says Phillip. “The world is moving to greener technology and electricity tariffs in South Africa are only going up.” With a strong management team in place – Phillip Kershaw, Andrew Murray and Richard Pereira – and the power to embrace technological changes in the office space to maximise productivity to the benefit of the business owner, PhotoNote is ready to be your number one business partner of choice. FOR MORE INFO Contact PhotoNote: 031 583 8500; www.photonote.co.za





ou know you’re in an interesting home when you go to the loo to spend a penny and spend half an hour instead. But then, it’s not every bathroom that’s decorated with signed photos of presidents, musicians, humanitarians, sports personalities and other famous, instantly recognisable portraits. All of them taken by the man whose bathroom you’re lingering in. For this is the bathroom of Matthew Willman, documentary photographer, free spirit, international traveller, friend of the late Madiba and road tripper with Annie Lennox. I forget his exact words, but Matthew says something along the lines of “live your life”. He says his wish is that when he is old, people say of him that he is an interesting man to chat to.

ABOVE: Matthew’s wish is that when he is old, people say of him that he is an interesting man to chat to.


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Well, after spending an hour or two doing just that in his beautiful treetop home in Kloof, I’d say that he has already achieved that goal. The future is just going to add to the depth of it. Who else can share anecdotes of drinking a lot of Guinness in a Dublin bar with Bob Geldof, or of being thankful when his Ford Kuga didn’t catch alight when he was driving Annie Lennox on a road trip in the Western Cape? Or about Madiba giving him the nickname Prince Harry? Or about PW Botha, Die Groot Krokodil, leaving him his hat in his will? Or tracking down that oak tree from The Shawshank Redemption, a beautiful photo of which is in his latest book – 22 Years. Nowadays Matthew does his own thing,

He says he sees himself at 60 as a version of John Cleese at Michaelhouse in Spud, teaching history

travelling the world for up to 10 months of the year, photographing all that he sees and doing public speaking engagements, exhibitions of his work and writing his books. When he travels he goes to a place for a week or two with no set plans. That doesn’t mean he strolls around on holiday though – he spends 16 hours or more every day taking photographs. He might disappear into the subways of New York for the entire day, capturing moments on film. And when he works for one of his international aid clients like Oxfam, he might spend every moment of daylight, and beyond, in the field, walking alongside nomadic tribesmen to find that moment that respectfully can be turned into an image that shows how these “othered” people need help from those in a position to do so. Matthew has achieved international recognition for his photography, the catalyst no doubt his decade-long relationship with Madiba, but speaking to him you are made aware that this success was not based solely on the one “client”. Yes, Madiba helped to make Matthew’s name, but his long-term success is based on passion, determination and that old chestnut, hard work. But that’s just now. When he got his first big break and started to work at The Nelson Mandela Foundation as an archive photographer, he wasn’t paid for the first few years. He would fly to Joburg at 6.30am, work until early afternoon, fly back to Durban, change clothes and head off to earn some money as a waiter. This was his normal life, and an inspiring example of how much hard work it takes to succeed as a photographer – probably more so than talent. He says he sees himself at 60 as a version of John Cleese at Michaelhouse in Spud, teaching history. And what better person to teach it, for even at the age of 40 he has lived so much of it alongside so many of its key players. 


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ur digestive system was once considered relatively simple. However, over the past two decades numerous studies have confirmed the incredible complexity of the gut and its importance to our overall health with links to the immune system, mood, mental health, autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, skin conditions, muscle strength and cancer. There are between 300 and 500 different species of bacteria in our digestive tract, and paired with other tiny organisms like viruses and fungi, they form the microorganisms living in our intestines – commonly known as gut microbiome. While some microorganisms are harmful to our health, many are incredibly beneficial and even necessary to a healthy body.

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 Remove: The removal of any type of gut

irritant such as alcohol, caffeine, processed food, food additives, medications, stress, bacteria, parasites and pathogens.  Replace: Replace digestive secretions by adding back things like digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid and bile acids that are required for proper digestion.  Repopulate: Once symptoms have improved significantly, it’s time to reintroduce foods that will help rebalance the microbiome. The following types of foods may be reintroduced: Prebiotic foods: This term describes the type of food gut bacteria love to eat, including

5 Signs of an unhealthy gut  Upset stomach – such a gas, bloating,

constipation, diarrhoea and heartburn.  A diet high in processed foods and sugar can

decrease the amount of good bacteria in your gut.  Gaining or losing weight without changing your diet or exercise habits.  Sleep disturbances or constant fatigue. The majority of the body’s serotonin – hormone that affects mood and sleep – is produced in the gut.  Skin irritations, like eczema. Inflammation in the gut caused by a poor diet or food allergies may cause increased leaking of certain proteins into the body, which can in turn irritate the skin.

The 5R Protocol There are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to positively affect your gut health as well as your overall health. Developed by the Institute of Functional Medicine, the 5R Protocol is a means of helping to restore the natural balance of the gut.


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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY Nicole Clark: “I like to condition the metabolism prior to starting any diet. If the gut lining has multiple gaps in it, it is more likely that bacterial properties can pass through it and interfere with the immune system. I call it a Metabolic Prehab approach that is done over four to seven days, where we get the metabolism ready to respond appropriately to the diet that will follow. It’s like conditioning the metabolism. I recommend the 5R approach in conjunction with an eat less, exercise less approach.” For a consult for a personalised treatment plan, contact Nicole on: nickyclark1977@gmail.com or text on 083 264 5552. Emma Mentel: “We now know that disease starts in the gut and that several seemingly unrelated chronic conditions respond when we pay attention to improving gut health. We often read and hear about the Gut-Brain connection – it has become a much researched topic, highlighting how our brain chemistry and the health of our brain depends and relies on taking care of our gut ecosystem. The term leakygut (referring to compromised gut permeability) is associated with all kinds of symptoms, including brain fog and headaches. “I recommend the following supplements for gut health: Probiotics: Metagenics; The Real Thing; Florish Soil organisms. Digestive enzymes: Good Health; Viridian; Metagenics; Pure herbal remedies IBS formula. Glutamine: Solal glutamine powder; Metagenics Glutagenics. Deworming: Nature Fresh parasite remedy; Aim Para 90; Pure herbal remedies Paraherb.” Contact Emma on: emma.mentel@ gmail.com or text on 083 558 7166.

carbohydrates such as onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus, apples and bananas, and a variety of grains like oats and barley, and seeds like flax. Probiotic foods: Probiotic describes foods that are rich in bacteria beneficial to our digestive system. While we can take a probiotics supplement, we may want to reintroduce fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha.  Repair: Help the lining of the GI tract repair itself by supplying key nutrients that can often


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be in short supply in a diseased state. These include: foods high in vitamins A, C, D, and E as well as the mineral zinc; foods rich in amino acids such as bone broth; and supplements such as L-glutamine, collagen, or aloe vera.  Rebalance: Pay careful attention to lifestyle choices through stress management, improved sleep and the correct amount of exercise.


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DEFINING life and style

bold statement of intent that proclaims you’ve arrived, even before you get there. With this in mind, the BMW Lifestyle collection of clothing and accessories has been designed to allow you to look the part both on and off the road. Comprising of the Active, M, Classic, Motorsport, Yachtsport, Golfsport and Kids Collections – as well as Miniatures and Bikes – BMW Lifestyle has something for your entire family; whether you’re hiking in the mountains, attending a motor race or a polo match, playing a round of golf, sailing, skiing on holiday

BMW pays tribute to this with a wide selection of sport and active wear that looks as good as it performs in the Alps, getting on the saddle of your new BMW Cruise Bike or simply spending an afternoon in the company of friends. Created to the same exacting standards demanded of every BMW vehicle, each product from the Lifestyle collections is manufactured using contemporary design, superior quality materials and meticulous attention to detail. Like the cars they represent, they’re designed to last – beautifully. Sport has always played a decisive role in the history of BMW – not only in motorsport, but in all areas where exceptional performance is rewarded. BMW pays tribute to this with a wide selection of sport and active wear


that looks as good as it performs. With BMW Lifestyle, where you don’t need to settle for anything less than top quality items – from apparel, suitcases, handbags, wallets, watches and awardwinning BMW Bicycles created by top European designers – to be the perfect combination of priceless exclusivity, functionality and style.  BMW Classic BMW can look back proudly on a history spanning more than 100 years. Hence the BMW Classic Collection, a re-issue of products with a defining influence on the BMW Style under the motto “Remaking

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the Classic”. The BMW Classic Collection is characterised by historic BMW logos and iconic design.  BMW Iconic A harmonious blend of exclusive materials and precise workmanship. The result: timeless elegance. Whether it’s an aesthetically appealing wristwatch, highquality woollen blanket or select leather goods – every piece in this collection is an expression of a life lived in style.  BMW M A combination of power, high-tech appeal and pure adrenaline. Fully reflected by its use of the most powerful of colours: black. Throughout the collection. On jackets, luggage and accessories. Uncompromising M quality.  BMW M Motorsport Choose from a range of BMW Motorsport sunglasses, men’s and ladies T-shirts, lanyards, thermal mugs, toiletry bags, sports bags, polo shirts, pocket umbrellas, jackets, fan caps and more, all proudly bearing the BMW M Motorsport branding.    BMW Active Functional, high-quality clothing and accessories from the BMW Active Collection. Each item is designed to enhance your next adventure, and with so much to choose from – including sweatshirts, jackets, rucksacks and cooler bags – the possibilities are endless.  BMW Golfsport There are few better ways to unwind than on the golf course, and only one way to do it in style – with the latest selection of BMW Golfsport gear and accessories.  BMW Kids Nothing but the best for future BMW drivers than the highest quality lifestyle products and accessories from BMW – including model-specific car seats, miniature models, clothing and more. FOR MORE INFO To experience the full range of BMW lifestyle products, visit the eStore shop.bmw.co.za or BMW Pinetown: 6 Kirk Rd, Pinetown, 031 702 0271


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nce an old-fashioned interior design element, wallpaper is now a must-have in every stylish home with a colour, pattern or textured paper available in every which-way imaginable. They range in price, too, and there are many very affordable options along with imported wallpapers that can be quite expensive. “The key thing is to choose quality,” notes interior designer Sam Oakley of Sam O Interiors. Getting professional advice about the amount of wallpaper you need and having it installed by experts is also essential to ensure you don’t waste money, end up without enough paper or use the incorrect adhesive. “Patterned papers

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Metallic wallpapers add an element of opulence and are ideal for bedrooms LEFT: Lisa Walters has chosen a wallpaper with a shimmering metallic finish to create a glamorous bedroom.

BELOW RIGHT: Lisa Walters has used Magnolia Home in Black wallpaper from Hertex to give this patio a chic, contemporary look. BELOW LEFT: Sam Oakley chose a busy floral design as a feature wall in a bedroom.

are particularly tricky to hang correctly so calling in a pro will make sure it’s done right,” says Sam. As technology has advanced, wallpapers have become more intricate in their design, and today textured, washable and natural fibre wallpapers are easily available. “Textured wallpapers – especially those with a natural feel like grass cloth – are very popular,” says Sam. “The new generation grass cloth has a printed overlay in colours or metallic finishes which create a contemporary feel.” “Metallic wallpapers add an element of opulence and are ideal for bedrooms,” says Lisa Walters of Lisa Walters Interiors. Pair a shimmering paper with luxurious textures like velvet and flocked fabrics, quilted throws and gilt frames to add to the sense of glamour. Lisa makes extensive use of wallpapers in her designs, often choosing one as the starting point for a scheme. “When choosing a patterned wallpaper, simple accessories in a similar colour palette make for a chic look that allows the wallpaper to star,” she says.



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Wallpaper is a statement feature and if used cleverly, a little goes a long way. “Choose a patterned wallpaper to enliven an awkward space such as an entrance hall, powder room or staircase,” suggests interior designer Amy Mitchell of Studio Mitchell. Wallpaper is not only for spacious rooms as Amy proves in this small bedroom. “The geometric pattern of this wallpaper – Delano from Cole & Son from St Leger & Viney – draws the eye upwards and makes the room look larger,” she notes. “It adds some interest to the room without taking up any physical space with furniture, shelves or accessories.”


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Sam notes that playing it safe is no longer the norm, and instead of choosing just one wall for a statement wallpaper, designers are taking the pattern around the whole room. “There is a major trend towards eclectic spaces and pattern play. A wallpaper with a bold pattern and bright colours makes for a room that’s layered and interesting, especially when accent colours are picked up in other soft furnishings and patterns are cleverly mixed,” says Sam. Bold print wallpaper and wallpaper murals are also here to stay notes Amy. “I love to make a statement in an interior with an eye-catching wallpaper which can double as art in the right space,” she says.


TOP: For Amy, wallpaper works well in a small space to make a room look bigger. ABOVE: The simple addition of Oyxgen wallpaper from Dreamweaver Studios creates a focal point in this entrance hall Amy designed. FAR RIGHT: Sam Oakley

of Sam O Interiors has used Amazon by Emma J. Shipley from Hertex to create an eclectic feel in this living room.

RIGHT: “Don’t be afraid to

hang framed artworks directly on to the paper for a look that’s layered and lived-in,” says Lisa.

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tephen and Nadia Maritz met in 2007 in a small Welsh pub. “He was South African, I was Polish. Both foreigners in a strange land,” laughs Nadia. Four years later Stephen brought Nadia home for a surprise engagement at a bush lodge in the Pilanesberg. “It was magical and everything I had

holiday in KZN, Nadia had an epiphany. “The wilderness, the bush, the animals, the people and the diversity … the crazy melting pot of South Africa is where we belong.” Knowing that finding jobs would be difficult, they had always been passionate about people and travel – so heading into this field seemed logical. The process of moving took

The wilderness, the bush, the animals, the people and the diversity … the crazy melting pot of South Africa is where we belong ever dreamed of. I was instantly bitten by the Africa bug.” The couple returned to England and got married in Poland in 2013. “We lived our lives in the moment – both climbing corporate ladders, going on nice holidays and buying expensive cars,” says Nadia. “But we were not happy and couldn’t fill that void in our hearts.” On a game drive in Nambiti Game Reserve, while on


four years. They bought a farm in December 2018 without even having seen it, but knew it was meant to be. This farm – which started off as a post office and cattle thief jail before being the home of the Barnes family for a few decades – was sold to architect Gerhard le Roux in 2007, who developed it into a stunning guest lodge and nature reserve. “Finally it became a dream come true

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and a home for Stephen and I,” says Nadia. “I have a farm in Africa, at the foothills of Mount Erskin in the Kamberg Valley, and I couldn’t be happier.” “Running a lodge means waking up at 5.30am every single day and going to bed late. It means problem-solving in the background while keeping a smile on your face. But it also means beautiful sunrises, watching wildlife through your bedroom window and reconnecting with nature,” says Nadia. “I have about 15 pairs of high heels in my wardrobe that I haven’t worn since April last year – when we moved here. And I have one pair of flip flops left because the dogs have chewed up the rest. But who cares. I have the biggest smile on my face.” Qambathi – the Zulu word for Silver Sugarbush Protea, which grows on the farm – is a place of relaxation and romance, where you can have a digital detox and truly reconnect with yourself and your other half. “We pride ourselves in doing our absolute best to get to know our guests and providing small personal touches. We are also very »

LEFT AND FAR LEFT: The interiors boast beautiful hand-made furniture, a lot of which is locally sourced and made from recycled materials.


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Someone once said that when you love what you do you never work a day in your life. This is how we feel at the moment

ABOVE: Stephen and Nadia Maritz with one of their dogs. TOP: The beautiful Qambathi

Mountain Lodge in the Kamberg.


eco-conscious and slowly on our way to get off the grid and reduce our carbon footprint,” says Nadia – adding that they want to live a sustainable simple life. “We want to give people a holiday to remember or a dream wedding, we want to create jobs for the locals and a safe home for wild animals,” she says. “Someone once said that when you love what you do you never work a day in your life. This is how we feel at the moment.” There are plenty of activities to enjoy, both on the farm and nearby. And the delicious, never-ending treats by amazing chef Fungai are something to write home

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about. “We want our food to provide a treat for your tastebuds, nourishment for your body and a feast for the eyes. Dining is a culinary journey here, a journey that reflects and celebrates local flavours,” says Nadia. Exciting Qambathi additions this year include horse riding, a spa overlooking the mountains and streams – using 100% natural products, as well as wood-fired hot tubs. What more can you ask for, on a romantic weekend escape without the kids?


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ife is full of opportunity! So I told myself at 5am on January 1, sans hangover, sitting in the lotus position: calm, serene and at one with the universe. My cross-legged asana was perfect, my chakras were aligned and I was the embodiment of good karma. I had to suppress the hint of a smug smile. But I quickly cast that piety asunder and admonished myself. I was once a carousing drunken misfit who saw January in with a throbbing head and a bevvy of tattooed, scantily clad biker gals. (A spot of wishful thinking, but you get the picture.) On the last day of December, I Googled success quotes and vowed to turn over a new leaf, wake up early, drink more water, less coffee and eat Jungle Oats every day. The power of thought, motivational speakers say, is just ENORMOUS. Dream, believe it, achieve it! I was seduced by visions of my better, leaner, meaner self with a six-pack. I was steely-eyed and unflappable. I made bucketloads more dosh. I got promoted over the management dude with thick hair and great teeth. Then I went further, I ditched the job, bought a Mustang and went on ski holidays. My fringe grew back and women looked at me adoringly.


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2020 STARTED OFF ON A HIGH NOTE – WITH VISIONS OF MY SIX-PACK, WAKING UP EARLY, DRINKING MORE WATER, AND AN AMAZING BODY. BY DAY THREE THE OUTLOOK WAS VERY DIFFERENT, LAMENTS GREG ARDÉ I was purity personified for a few days, jogging up and down the promenade at dawn, doing yoga at dusk and supping on steamed veggies. My workouts were spectacular. No pain, no gain! “You can have results or excuses, not both.” By the second day, my biceps were a monstrous set of Arnie guns. Almost. And then, well, you know … Robin Sharma started irritating me. The hadedas pooped on the patio and ruined my Zen moment at sunrise. In the evenings the beachfront was crammed with other misty-eyed, Pollyanna

twits like me – so I bolted home to be rid of them. The car guard outside the gym gave me a pitiful look when I emerged three days on the trot, a nasty, dishevelled mess of sweat and tortured flesh. New Year resolutions are the bomb: a self-righteous riot of glorious good intention. Until you succumb to one silly mistake and it’s a woebegotten downhill slide of vice. Mine was the packet of Quality Street that had beckoned me hither from the fridge the whole festive season, like a comely hussy with red lipstick in a dimly lit

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bar after vodka shots. I smacked the whole packet, slurping through images of the car guard, the hadedas, the promenade pounders and my misbegotten resolutions. At first, I tried to blame it on power cuts. When they kicked in I got hot and bothered. The “The 5am Club” went from pride of place on my bedside table to propping up the pantry door where a hinge had broken. And it’s easier to braai without electricity. A “dop and a chop” is a doddle compared to roasted butternut squash salad with Tahini vinaigrette. It’s a lot less poncey too. So I contemplated all this over the braai, basking in the beauty of summer in Durban and scratching my heat rash. My mind kept flitting to images of snowy Norway or anywhere cold, really. It’s not half bad to get your ass into gear in the new year, I figured. Look past the poppycock in the personal growth industry, with its twee catchphrases and inspirational tales. Most motivational speakers are snake oil salesmen with lapel mics and promises aplenty. But I reckon success is the story you tell yourself. If you keep a sense of perspective and a sense of humour and you pursue a goal, you will develop habits around that. The benefit of repetition, I thought, cheerfully, checking out the chops sizzling on the grill. Yes, and affirmation helps. So, cheer me on, I’m imaging myself back to the gym tomorrow.



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