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JUN-JUL 2020 ISSUE 95

CONSERVATION Protecting frogs and their habitat

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Shift Your Focus C onservationists, often unsung heroes, spend their whole lives fighting tirelessly for the better of humanity by saving our natural world. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling life! Not only are you making a difference on a global level, but you are taking amazing personal experiences

What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” ― Dr Jane Goodall

home daily – such as close and meaningful encounters with beautiful creatures and breath-taking parts of nature deserving of our attention and protection. The truth is, we can all be a part of this in some way or another. It starts with you, and every little act counts – whether it is recycling, buying plasticfree, volunteering to clean up the beaches or donating to organisations who have the time we don’t to continue the fight. Protecting our planet and its precious resources for future generations should be on top of everyone’s agenda, because ultimately we are the biggest threat to all species and ecosystems. And if we don’t do something to change our ways – we will all suffer. Our lovely cover invites us in to a lush pocket of the Everton Conservancy – renowned for the richness of its biodiversity. It reminds us of something we are so fortunate to have and enjoy in the Upper Highway area; a beautiful natural environment. It needs our protection, along

with its inhabitants – big and small. Part of the latter, frogs are an often overlooked group of amphibians. But Dr Jeanne Tarrant is fighting for their habitats to keep this very important part of our ecosystem thriving – and she has recently won a prestigious award to help protect endangered frogs throughout South Africa. Read our cover story and learn how you can also do your part.

The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.”

and treats that are made with love. Supporting local is more important now than ever, so please do whatever you can to keep your neighbours and our community going. A recent webinar on property trends in the Upper Highway area brought about so much positivity despite the current economic crisis. There is growth and development, and according to our new property guru Dave Jones, a buyer’s market oversupplied in most price segments. Uncertain times call for a shift of focus. Let’s choose to focus on the positives. Let’s pick out the good things that have come out of these past few challenging months, and let’s hold on to those good things and appreciate them. Yes, our lives have been turned upside down. But this period has shed light on things we didn’t necessarily see clearly before. Challenges lead to growth – and that can only be a positive, no matter how you look at it. Stay safe!

― Sir David Attenborough Because we are all still very much based at home, and many of us are considering subtle changes that can turn our sanctuary into a space that works for everyone in the family, this issue has a big focus on decor. We also have lots of food, and if you are tired of cooking – support local restaurants and small businesses by ordering meals

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Whatever you decide to order, please don’t forget to add treats to your delivery! You won’t regret it. People from around the country have already reached out to find out about supplying to other regions, so that’s something Christine would like to tap into in the future. “Our dream is to ease the burden of many busy professionals and parents by making our free-from food products easily accessible in major retailers and health stores.” “With food and job security as a growing concern during the time of Covid-19, we realise that everyone is struggling in some way or another. We are offering three ways to give back, either to the people we know and love or to those less fortunate than us,” says Christine. Pop over to their website to find out more. FOR MORE INFO: www.freefromfood.co.za, hello@freefromfood.co.za

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Kearsney College dux and popular deputy head prefect in 2015, Jabulani Nyathi, has been awarded a post-graduate scholarship to study at Cambridge – one of the world’s most notable universities. The coveted scholarship to study for his MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development will enable Jabulani to realise his dream of operating in the sustainable engineering space and to position himself at the forefront of solving some of the world’s greatest problems. The quietly spoken, modest 25-year-old credits Kearsney for its contribution to where he is today. “The high quality and diverse education I obtained at Kearsney made transitioning from school to university significantly easier. Outside of academic excellence, the college instilled great values such as compassion, integrity and tenacity that I still consider to be crucial in my life and work,” he says. Last year Jabulani graduated from the University of Cape Town with first class honours (over 75 percent) in chemical engineering.


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“I started baking two years ago under the stern tutorship of Swiss baker Walter Wellinger, at his home bakery in Kloof,” says Devon Schwen Oosthuizen – baker and co-founder of Urban Eden Bakery. “Walter would sell about 100 units of bread a month at a local farmer’s market as a pastime hobby in his retirement years. It became apparent that there was increasing demand for really good, healthy fresh bread,” says Devon. “So in early 2019, when Walter and his wife relocated back to Switzerland, I purchased

the small bakery from him and he was very happy that he could leave this little legacy behind for South Africa to enjoy.” Devon bakes 600 units of bread a month, he’s at 10 markets and supplies two local retail outlets. “We also

allows our product to be highly digestible,” says Devon. “Our foundational Continental European bread range is well established, and our rye breads are very popular. We are now introducing sourdough breads using wild yeast,

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is at the centre – and being able to share in those happy memories with people through our products is something special.” Mini Me offers high end patisserie products for local markets, events and coffee shop treats. “I believe there is a gap in the market for hand-made, local suppliers of sweet treats and desserts. Our signature brownie range was the flagship dessert aside from our celebration cakes, and slowly from there we have branched out into savoury pastry products – including tarts and pies – as well as recently launching our Mini Me Meals, which offers convenient heat and eat options during the current countrywide lockdown,” says Casey. The ultimate goal for Casey is to run a coffee shop/bistro that is pet friendly and also offers dog adoption events/ fundraisers that incorporate dogs and food in such a way that it positively influences the community.

“A chef-owned company, we pride ourselves on the craft of pastry and ensuring that all our menu items and their accompaniments are homemade and drizzled with love,” says Casey Wigmore – owner of Mini Me Patisserie. “Our branding embraces two of our favourite things – wiener dogs and feel-good food. ‘Mini Me’ is based on our love of dainty things that have character and a sense of naughtiness to them.” Casey has been in the hospitality industry for the past 11 years, and has always had the ultimate goal of owning her own business as a professionally trained pastry chef. “I have always dabbled in side-line offerings of wedding cakes and event catering, as this was unofficially a way for me to harness my creativity and make some extra money aside from my career as a practising chef and an educator in my field,” explains Casey. “For me, food has always represented moments of togetherness and celebration. Whether it’s a simple family dinner or a large event, food

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{ GET INVOLVED } meals have been distributed, and by the end of June the wonderful soup kitchen will have delivered 250 000 cooked meals. This initiative would not be possible without generous donations from the Willowton Group, RCL Foods, Unilever, The Juice Kitchen, Oxford Food Market and Regal Meats. “The Upper Highway community has also stepped up and embraced the project, streams of regular guests and friends deliver fresh vegetables, spices and grains and we are yet to need to buy raw materials,” says Bellevue Café owner, Guy Cluver. “Financial donations have also poured in. Our waitering team has really enjoyed the project and while the earnings are needed and appreciated, they all love making a difference.” Julika Falconer, CEO of Zero2Five Trust, is also overwhelmed by the support. “The monetary donations will allow us to continue cooking and delivering these highly nutritious chicken stews for another few weeks and help many struggling families survive this crisis.” FOR MORE INFO: Support the cause by donating vegetables to Bellevue Café or by donating via www.zero2five.org; contact Julika Falconer on 082 533 3132 for more info

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Hedgehog & Tenrec Rescue And Rehome Twenty-five-year-old Veronica Strydom says her passion for animals started early – growing up she had dogs, cats and horses. “Two years ago I took in a male hedgehog named Sonic. He passed away a few days after I got him, as he was not kept correctly by his previous owner,” says Veronica. And this is when she was inspired to save as many unfortunate animals as she could by creating Hedgehog & Tenrec Rescue and Rehome. “I would definitely say my rescue has grown tremendously since I started. I have learnt a lot more about how the animal community

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HILLCREST’S JEANNE TARRANT JUST WON THE PRESTIGIOUS WHITLEY AWARDS – A GIANT LEAP FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION, WRITES KATRINE ANKER-NILSSEN

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ince the 1980s amphibians have suffered global population declines, more than any other taxonomic group over the last few millennia. Currently 41% of the world’s frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians are at risk of extinction. In South Africa, 18% of amphibians are classified as Threatened or Data Deficient. Almost two-thirds of the country’s 135 frog species are found nowhere else, making South Africa a priority for the conservation of this overlooked group. Dr Jeanne Tarrant grew up in Underberg and attended Howick High and Rhodes University, before completing her MSc and PhD at North West University. “Following my PhD in 2012, I continued with a post-doctoral fellowship and at the same time joined the Endangered Wildlife Trust – starting the Threatened Amphibian Programme (TAP),” says Jeanne. “The first project I secured funding for was the Amathole Toad in the

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

• Learn more about the frogs in your area. • Start appreciating the role of frogs in the environment.

• Attract frogs to your garden by

having indigenous plants and consider a small pond. • Don’t buy frogs as pets or as food.   • Don’t run over frogs – look out for them on rainy nights.   • Don’t use pesticides or herbicides in your garden. • Don’t use harmful chemicals in your home. • Consider where your food came from and how it got there. • Donate to the EWT Threatened Amphibian Programme.

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Eastern Cape, following the rediscovery of this species in 2011 – after a 13 year absence of records.” Today TAP continue the work on this species by working with landowners to secure grassland habitat. “Much of my work over the past 10 years has also focused on the KZN coast’s Pickersgill’s Reed Frog,” adds Jeanne. “At the start of this research the species was Critically Endangered and known from just eight sites, many of which we found to no longer exist as a result of habitat destruction. Today, through continued surveys and a much better understanding of the habitat


WITHOUT FROGS WE ALL CROAK A great little slogan that one of Jeanne’s students, Mea Trenor, and her husband Jonathan came up with. “We have it as a bumper sticker, and it’s a great conversation starter,” laughs Jeanne. “The phrase reminds us that we are all linked and that with frogs disappearing, we too as humans are at risk.”

requirements, we know of the species at 38 sites, and its threat status has been downgraded to Endangered.” TAP is the only NGO programme in southern Africa focused on frog conservation – working to fill vital knowledge gaps and address the threats facing amphibians in South Africa. Jeanne is affectionately known as the “Frog Lady”, and with her team aims to elevate public awareness and change negative attitudes by highlighting the importance of amphibians. “Frogs really are fascinating! They have been around for hundreds of millions of years, survived the extinction

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of the dinosaurs and evolved to occupy just about every corner of the earth. It is these adaptations that make them such an interesting and diverse group of creatures,” says Jeanne. “From species that carry their tadpoles on their backs to make sure they reach water to complete development, and those that can spend months if not years on end underground until rains return, to those that survive freezing temperatures or

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dwell in deserts – they represent just about every habitat niche available. Frogs are colourful, each species has its own unique call by which we can identify them, and they mostly are active at night – making them even more curious.” Today this amazing group is experiencing population declines across almost half its approximately 8 000 species worldwide, mostly as a result of loss of habitat and pollution of freshwater systems. “This is happening on our watch, and it’s our responsibility to take note and change behaviours to stem the tide of extinctions,” says Jeanne. The Whitley Awards, also known as the “Green Oscars”, are annual awards given to six individuals from the southern hemisphere by UK-based conservation charity the Whitley Fund for Nature, and celebrate passionate conservationists who do amazing work in their home countries to protect the natural world and its wildlife. “The winning of the 2020 Whitley

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FUN FROG FACTS

• There are 8 110 amphibian species

worldwide of which 7 157 are frogs and toads, 739 are newts and salamanders, and 214 are caecilians. • New species are discovered every year. • South Africa’s smallest frog is the Northern Moss Frog at 14mm. • Our largest frog, the Giant Bullfrog, gets up to 25cm long and weighs 1,4kg. • The biggest frog in the world is the Goliath Frog, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which gets up to 3kg. • The smallest in the world is a species from Papua New Guinea, at only 7mm. • Amphibians are the oldest land vertebrates. • Not all frogs have tadpoles. There are many terrestrial frog species that emerge as froglets directly from the egg, bypassing the tadpole stage altogether. • Average lifespan is 4 – 15 years, but some live for 40 years. • If you were a frog, your tongue would reach your waist. • Frogs can leap on average 30 times their body length.

South Africa’s threatened frogs across three provinces, including several of the species we are already working on,” says Jeanne. The funding, 40 000 GBP, will initiate habitat protection to secure a total of 20 000 hectares of important amphibian habitat. “I will also lead the revision of the next 10-year strategy for amphibian conservation and research in South Africa, and bring to completion several conservation action plans for threatened species.” By using frogs as flagships for habitat protection, Jeanne will not only ensure their survival – but contribute to the broader conservation of freshwater and grassland areas that serve as important watersheds and

carbon sinks. Jeanne and her team has developed educational resources – Frogs in the Classroom – which they run directly in local schools in areas where TAP is active. “We also have local community ‘frog champions’ at some of our project sites – local people who work for TAP and engage directly with their communities, explaining why frogs and their habitats are important,” says Jeanne – adding that it’s very

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passionate about her work and spends hours doing important field work. BELOW: The Cape River Frog.

Award this year is probably the biggest highlight of my career to date, and is not only a wonderful recognition of my work in South Africa – but the recognition of the need for amphibian conservation at a global level,” smiles Jeanne – who was selected from an original 112 applicants, and one of three representing projects from Africa. “The project will focus on eight of

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rewarding dispelling the myths that are often associated with frogs. Promoting awareness is crucial, and social media campaigns around frogs create necessary knowledge and understanding. “Globally 1-7 June is #AmphibianWeek, and in February we run our annual national awareness campaign – Leap Day for Frogs – to encourage people, schools and organisations to celebrate the amazing frog diversity we have in SA,” says Jeanne. When The Frog Lady is not frogging, or keeping her two busy boys out of mischief, she loves yoga, reading and spending time outdoors.

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orest Hills in 2020 is an upmarket western extension of Kloof. But, a hundred years ago, it was a little farming centre on the edge of an African reserve. We know this from the reminiscences of Sheila Gillitt, whose grandparents were among these farmers. Heinrich Harborth was born in Europe and came to South Africa to live with his uncle at New Germany. In 1886, Heinrich married 18-yearold Elise Dinkelman and the couple lived at Nkutu Farm, in present Forest Hills. There was a small community of farmers in the area within a radius of some 10km. They were a Mr Smith, the three Davidson brothers from Pinetown, who had a German mother, the Dinkelmans, and the Harborths. It was a close and happy community.

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ROBIN LAMPLOUGH DELVES INTO FARM LIFE IN FOREST HILLS A CENTURY AGO Each family had four or five children and a couple named Greenley opened a farm school close to the present Link Hills centre. The children walked five or six kilometres to school every day. When the weather was wet, they carried their boots around their necks. After three years the Greenleys left, the Harborths’ eldest daughter, who had just left a school in Pietermaritzburg, took over the farm school at Waterfall. She was just 16. Like many farmers of the day, Heinrich Harborth, to supplement his income, ran a transport business. Then he was awarded a contract to lay a telegraph line from Durban to Ladysmith. As a result, he was away from home for months at a time. Meanwhile,

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Harborth in a party dress, in 1910. RIGHT: Jane and Cliff Gillitt with baby Sheila, in 1922.

Elise brought up the children and ran the farm, as well as a small trading store which catered for Africans living at nearby Molweni, particularly selling bread freshly baked in the farm oven. On the farm the Harborths kept pigs and poultry, and grew their own vegetables. They ground maize grains between two stones to make mealie meal. In addition, Elise made sausages, butter, cheese, buttermilk and maas. The girls all took turns to

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LEFT: Cliff and Jane on their wedding day in

1914; and below, their golden wedding in 1964.

make the butter and to bake the bread, as well as helping with sewing and mending. Their two brothers helped with milking and feeding the livestock. Once a week, a farm worker was sent on foot, via Bridle Road and Kloof, to Pinetown to buy meat. An outside cooler stood in the yard. It was constructed of wire netting walls filled with coal ash. A tray at the top of the structure trickled water into the ash, keeping the temperature down by evaporation. All cooking was done on a wood-burning stove. Later the Harborth family left the area, moving inland to a new farm, which they called Albany Grove, in present West Riding. From there, Regina Harborth, the couple’s third daughter, travelled daily by train to attend school in Durban. It was perhaps at this stage in her life that she began calling herself Jane. Here, too, she met and later married young Clifton Gillitt, of nearby Emberton. When Cliff came courting, he had trained his horse to high-step down the driveway. What he discovered only later was that after every visit, Regina had to fill all the depressions the horse’s hooves had made on the drive. So it was that Regina/Jane became the mistress of Emberton. She grew carnations which were sent daily by train to Durban’s flower market. On the same train, which stopped at Emberton each day, fresh milk was sent to Model Dairy. Over time, Jane laid out a magnificent garden which always caught the eye of travellers to the coast. Sadly, in the 21st century, the old Emberton has been replaced by a cluster of housing estates, and its farming roots are largely forgotten.

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HILLCREST RESIDENT GAMELIHLE NGONGOMA HAS ALWAYS BELIEVED THAT HER SINGING TALENT WOULD TAKE HER PLACES. THANKS TO HER DETERMINED PERSEVERANCE, SHE HAS FINALLY STAKED HER CLAIM ON THE MUSIC SCENE, WRITES KATIA BENEDETTI

riginally from Embo in the Valley of a 1 000 Hills, to enter the second edition of the Emirates Pursuit of Jazz Gamelihle discovered her love for music, and jazz competition, a search to find South Africa’s super jazz band. The especially, at an early age. Listening to gospel competition consisted of a video submission for judging, followed music as a child, she looked up to her older sister, by a series of face-to-face auditions and performances. Lihle who was part of an acapella group that performed made it through to the top 16, and when the eight-member jazz at community shows and functions. “I wanted to be part of the band was finally announced, Gamelihle Ngongoma was named band so badly,” Gamelihle recalls, “but I was too young at the time.” as one of the band’s two vocalists. “Making it into the band was Not daunted by her young age, such a surreal moment. I’ve been Lihle then started a duo band with to so many auditions and received her cousin. “We had no idea that we many rejections – winning this were harmonising or what notes time around was empowering,” in the chord we were singing. We she explains. The band will receive simply knew it sounded beautiful.” a record deal and be given the And it was at this point that Lihle opportunity to tour the country to realised that she wanted to become showcase their talent and music. a professional singer one day. Lihle continued to be moulded As a single mum, Lihle’s main by her love for music as she purpose and reason for wanting grew up in Umlazi and Inanda to succeed in music is her son, townships. As a teenager, she Nkanyezi, which means “Star” was inspired by R&B superstars in isiZulu. “I gave him that name such as Brandy, Monica and because he is my shining light Brian McKnight, and later started and my inspiration,” she says. writing her own songs. In 2007 “I want to be able to provide she enrolled at the University my family with amazing things of KwaZulu-Natal and studied because I did not give up on towards an Access Arts Certificate myself.” Not just a talented in Jazz and Popular Music. It was singer, Lihle also has a penchant here that she learnt how to really for drawing and fashion, and use her voice as an instrument. designed her own matric farewell When asked about her role dress as well as her stage outfits. What advice does she have for models, she does not hesitate in young people who wish to enter the music industry? naming the late Busi Mhlongo. “She was amazing ABOVE: Gamelihle enjoys designing her stage outfits. “Making it in this industry is 20% talent and 80% on stage, so captivating and real. Her songs told LEFT: Gamelihle is one of hard work. Even though I believe I’m highly talented stories of real situations that we go through every two vocalists in the Emirates and deserve a spot in the industry, I’ve had to face day. I aspire to be that honest and vulnerable when Pursuit of Jazz Band. rejection many times. But I learnt how to get up, and writing and performing music.” Last year Lihle was encouraged by a friend keep pushing towards my dreams.”

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TODAY’S DADS ARE A FAR CRY FROM YESTERDAYS’. THEY’RE HANDS-ON, SLEEVES UP, AND NOT ABOUT OBLIGATION – THEY’RE CONNECTING AUTHENTICALLY WITH THEIR KIDS, AND REAPING THE REWARDS, WRITES ANNE SCHAUFFER

here’s something so heartwarming about watching the comfortable relationship between today’s young dads and their children. Looking back a few decades, the change is remarkable – a child’s perception of a father then was clear. It ranged from “Seen And Not Heard” to “Wait ’Til Your Father Gets Home”, with a handful of variations in between. Lisa Grant-Stuart is a counselling psychologist in Ballito, working extensively with families. She’s seen that changing dynamic playing out, how and why, too: “There’s been a substantial increase in father involvement, including both the quantity of time spent with kids, and the quality of the involvement.” She puts it down to a combination of factors: “An increase in dual-income households, so more men have had to play a greater parenting role. Secondly, a loss of support from grandparents because of immigration or relocation of families, so fathers’ help is really needed. And thirdly, the overall decrease in stigma around masculine emotions, support of, and bonding with children.”

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Lisa also says that those Picture: @stories_by_goya who come out of well-balanced, two-parent loving homes are likely to want to replicate that, but it could equally be the reverse: “Dads fully invested in hands-on parenting because they want to provide the support and nurturing they weren’t given as kids.” So there’s no real rule here.

daughter, Harper (7) and my son Jagger (4), and I believe the greatest gift God could ever give a man is the opportunity to be a father. We’re a solid family, and we do a lot together. Lunches and dinners around the dining table were instilled in me as a kid, and we, in turn, have done likewise – a time when we talk about life, things happening in the world, and how our day was. My wife’s

I believe the greatest gift God could ever give a man is the opportunity to be a father”

ABOVE: Dean Edwards

with his son Jagger. TOP RIGHT: Grant Romeril with two-year-old Harrison. RIGHT: Brett Jones with wife Alex and children Jake ans Kingsley.

Dean Edwards of Ballito was a professional cyclist, largely based in Europe, travelling extensively: “When I returned, married and settled down, I had no doubt I wanted my own family. I’ve truly been blessed with two incredible kids – my

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career entails travel to Asia, and I happily steer the ship alone with the kids for up to ten days at a time. I absolutely love spending time with them, and am thankful every day of my life for the privilege of being a dad.” Grant Romeril lives in Hillcrest with wife Sally. They’ve been married for five years, and have two-year-old Harrison. Grant is very clear: “I always wanted to be a dad, and


I wanted to be the best ever. I’ve loved kids ever since I can remember, hence my choice of career as a teacher at Hillcrest Primary School.” Grant is fully hands-on. He loves to cook, and does so every night for the family: “I bath Harrison every night and always read him a bedtime story before Sally puts him to sleep. I’ve always assisted with nappy changing and potty training. I’m not surprised at the strength of my feelings at being a dad, because I always I wanted to be this kind of dad.” We all know dads really matter to children, but it’s interesting to hear Lisa articulate their particular impact: “Fathers play a crucial, albeit different, role in the parenting dynamic. They’re often a masculine role model for their sons, and a yardstick for whom their daughters (or sons) should choose as future partners. Fathers are known to foster more independence in

children and allow for different forms of interaction. They’re often the more playful parent, and encourage physical activities and problem solving in their kids. A father’s role in balancing the family system,

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from an emotional and developmental perspective, is invaluable and irreplaceable.” There you have it. Brett and Alex Jones were high school sweethearts – together for over 20 years, married for 12 – and live in La Lucia: “Alex and I were in a healthy stable relationship from quite young, travelled the world together for four years on a super yacht, so the travel bug was done and dusted for us. We wanted the house, dog and kids by then. Subconsciously, I always knew from a young age that I wanted kids. When the kids were both very young, I was super involved, but now I need to give Alex the credit – she honestly does most of the child-chores. “I love my kids and I love being involved as much as I can

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– Jake’s now 10, so we spend a lot of time cruising together. We go surfing, skateboarding and biking.” A grin, “Kingsley, my daughter, is nine, and she is her mother’s clone – a little ballet dancing hurricane.” Raising children as a couple is always going to be about playing to different strengths. As Ryan Hillary of Hillcrest, says, “Kerryn and I have always believed that what works for one family, doesn’t always work for another. I’m proud to say I’ve always been a very involved father (not sure where I rank against others, but I like to believe so). I never had a problem with things like nappies, and I know other guys who couldn’t get that done, but we’re all different.” Ryan’s always wanted to be a dad: “My mom still laughs »

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at me, recalling me saying when I was very young that I wanted four or six children. How little I knew – we have two, and that’s the lot. We’ve been blessed with two beautiful girls, Zoe (8) and Sadie (6). I’m the cook in the house which I really enjoy, especially now as our kids are getting older and like getting their hands dirty in the kitchen.” Ryan has his own sports travel and events management company, Dynamo Travel Group, so he travels: “What bothers me most is the time I lose out on when away from home, or when stress gets to me and I sometimes take things out on my girls when they don’t necessarily deserve it. I know this is part of life, and we all have to deal with it from time to time, but if I could go back and do it all again, there is some stuff I would do differently. Sometimes I put my life and my business before my family, but Kerryn has taught me that other things and opportunities will come and go, but she and my girls will always be beside me.” Disconnecting from work is

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often particularly tough for men. Marc Snyman of La Lucia knows that. Marc and Kendall have been married for nine years, with two young sons, three and five: “We run a family logistics and distribution company, which involves long hours and constant communication with clients. I do find it difficult to disconnect from the office, but if I can get home early – and over

Whenever you find yourself irritated or frustrated, they turn around and say or do something that makes your heart melt”

irritated or frustrated, they turn around and say or do something that makes your heart melt. To be honest, it makes me sad to look back at photos of when they were small – I miss those days already. I try to take in every moment and thing they do, to try remember them.” Marc puts in as much time as possible with the boys on the weekends, and he’s really looking forward to the next phase: “I know shortly they’ll be big enough to go mountain biking and trail running, surfski paddling and shark cage diving with me … then their mom will have the muchneeded breaks she deserves.” Lisa says this father-children

weekends – I do my best to take over and give Kendall a break.” Marc says he had no idea he’d feel the way he does about being a dad: “They are bundles of energy and constantly looking for acknowledgement which can get tiring, but whenever you find yourself

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involvement isn’t a result of pressure from working wives. It’s a factor, but it’s often from other fathers in the peer groups. I think the expectation of father involvement starts early with attending antenatal classes and gynae appointments. These practices also help dads connect with their infants, and prepares fathers for hands-on parenting.” She adds, “Those dads who invest in their kids and have the back-up support from moms, really do enjoy their relationship with their kids. And from my experience, moms feel more supported and childcare issues are negotiated together. This all contributes to a happier marriage, and more importantly, this trend is really cementing relationships within families and couples.”

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elonwoods has always been known for its balance of traditional Balinese and contemporary furniture pieces – and this fine balance is thanks to owner Carley Botha’s keen eye for beautiful, quality timber pieces. “When Melonwoods was originally started, the company focused on wholesaling items to big projects like the Drakensberg Gardens Hotel. When I took over, I realised that retail clients were also looking for pieces that combined quality and style,” she says. Those early pieces were all imported from Indonesia, and since then Carley has expanded the range to include locally made items that cater to a variety of interior design styles including many clean-lined, contemporary pieces. “We have close relationships with our manufacturers both locally and abroad, which allows us to custom-make items for clients. This is especially rewarding,” she says. The key to the business’ success has been the consistency of the handpicked suppliers Carley works with

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RIGHT: Carley Botha, owner of Melonwoods who stock a range of exquisite timber pieces for the home.

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and her carefully trained staff who manufacture in Durban. “We aim to provide quality timber furniture and accessories at affordable prices.” The retail arm of the business has grown from strength to strength and comprises retail stores in Ballito and uMhlanga as well as the factory in Riverhorse Valley, which is open to the public. Melonwoods caters to several different types of customer, including those who like to see pieces in the flesh and frequent the retail stores, people happy to

purchase via the online store, and busy wholesalers that supply large projects, as well as decorators. “Our new store in uMhlanga is shared with Springlights and Southern Shutters, and we’re a real one-stop decor shop,” Carley notes. “The Beacon Rock precinct is a design hub and we’re happy to be rubbing shoulders with other successful decor businesses along the road.” Just before Covid-19 and the lockdown, Carley launched a free online interior »

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We have close relationships with our manufacturers both locally and abroad, which allows us to custom-make items for clients”

design consultation service which has proved very popular. “We are able to advise clients on how to design their spaces for maximum functionality and style by planning basic room layouts, colour schemes and furniture and accessories from our range and other retailers, which will work in their home. It’s a simple, hassle-free way to get some direction in terms of your decor whether you want to make big changes or small,” she says, “and obviously proved very timeous just before lockdown and social distancing began.” Carley enjoys the management and strategic side of the business as much as the creative, and loves the multitasking required in running a small enterprise. A big part of Carley’s job is

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Indonesian pieces. “Pairing a detailed piece with something more minimalistic from our contemporary range creates a look that is layered and stylish,” she says. “The beauty of solid wood items is that you can rework it by sanding, painting or staining to give it a completely new look.”

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AT ST MARY’S, THE FOUNDATION TO THRIVE STARTS WITH A CURIOUS MIND best Grade Rs available, where girls can explore, learn through play and be guided by their curiosity. We hold dear the importance of instilling values that ultimately create women of character and provide a community that demonstrates, talks explicitly about and honours respect, kindness, generosity and integrity. Our stand-alone facility has bright, spacious classrooms with separate Free Play areas, which allow all the little girls to “spill out” during Free Play – an important part of their day. There is a large creative room, an inviting dolls corner

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and a cognitive room full of educational equipment. Little Saints has its own outdoor space with a fairy garden, renovated sandpit, bike track, climbing walls and our new addition – the mud kitchen where girls can engage in messy, creative play. Our Grade R programme offers many different types of learning opportunities. We have a wonderful Readiness programme as well as time for informal learning and Free Play opportunities. Intentional about integrating our Little Saints into the St Mary’s family, each class has

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a Grade 7 and Grade 12 “Big Sister” and it’s heartwarming to see the younger girls engaging and connecting with their “Big Sisters”. From Little Saints all the Junior Primary girls use the Whole School facilities which include the chapel, a magnificently stocked library, school hall, amphitheatre and a wide range of sporting facilities. We have a fully equipped SMART Centre which houses our Remedial teachers and visiting Occupational and Speech and Language therapists – offering additional support when required. Being part of a Whole School means all girls from Grade R have specialist lessons for Music, Drama, ICT, Library and Thinking Skills. In computer lessons they are taught basic coding skills using code-apillars, beebots and block coding in purple mash. These fun activities allow learning through experimentation and making mistakes. Throughout your daughter’s school journey, St Mary’s values personal connections and communication between your daughter, yourselves and ourselves. We want every little girl to feel at home and be a part of the St Mary’s family. As Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” FOR MORE INFO 031 764 9800 admissions@stmarysdsg.co.za www.stmarysdsg.co.za

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orn in the Free State, we loved coming to Durban for a holiday supporting dad running Comrades Marathons,” says Lane – the youngest of five children. “After school, a leap of faith led my siblings and I to travel to London for our very first overseas trip – a great experience and something I will treasure forever,” she says. Exposed to a whole new world of architectural interior design and decor, Lane found it inspiring and magical. “My fascination was elevated to the next level. Europe has a unique way with decor detail that captured my attention, setting my imagination alight.” After careful consideration, Lane enrolled with the internationally renowned KLC School of Design in London, where she spent the next few years learning the fundamentals of interior design – from the history of design to colour theory. “Spending weekends applying the theory from my notebooks with visits to period castles or listed buildings was a great benefit – I was in heaven,” smiles Lane. After completing her diploma, she returned home to sunny South Africa and set about building her career in this exciting industry. “Very fortunately I secured an internship with a high-

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My world of interior

DESIGN LANE BAGLIONE OF INTERIOR LANE SHARES HER INSPIRING STORY

ABOVE: Lane (right) working on a project with Laureen Gaillard. ABOVE RIGHT: Presenting concepts with furniture options, samples and ideas.

The world of interior design has been an absolute joy for me, I am very fortunate in having chosen a career that I am passionate about”

end turnkey architectural firm in Cape Town, giving me a wonderful grounding and invaluable experience,” Lane continues. “I then spent a further year working for a decor house building my knowledge of fabrics, wallpaper and finishing touches, helping me to further define my style.” With over 10 years in the industry, eight dedicated to building her business Interior Lane, she finds her work exciting and evolving, keeping pace with the latest trends. “It has taken time aligning myself

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with a competent supply base. Working closely with a talented team of people has been one of the crucial elements in helping me get to where I am today. I am so grateful to everyone who’s been part of my journey.” How does an interior designer work? “When meeting a new client, the most important step is having a conversation; listening carefully to ensure that I become acquainted with the client and how they live in their space, enabling the design process to be successful in achieving the client’s desires,” explains


wonderful clients.” Are you in the mood for a change to your home, maybe a fresh new wall colour or wallpaper, some pretty new cushions or curtains, or perhaps an updated bathroom or bedroom? Or maybe you just want some advice on what to do next? Contact Lane, who is based in Everton, Gillitts, and would love to meet you. “My team and I are always happy to answer questions and guide clients through our design process.” FOR MORE INFO Lane Baglione, 076 973 3340 lane@interiorlane.co.za www.interiorlane.co.za

Lane. “With this information, I will create inspiring ideas and solutions for my client, presenting a design concept – including a floor plan drawn to scale, with furniture options and structural/electrical/ plumbing assessments.” Once all items have been agreed upon, Lane proceeds with detailed costings. “My team and I will then sit down and outlay the project plan, priding ourselves in adding value and comfort to your home. Our aim is to create unique spaces that are comfortable, modern and

timeless, combining creativity and practicality while working within the given budget,” says Lane. “If you have children or pets, this will of course also be taken into consideration.” In today’s sophisticated environment, with constant technological advancements, it is important for Lane to offer what is out there. “I am continuously open to new innovations. I thank my clients for placing their trust in me, my team and our ability to execute on transforming their homes into more beautiful spaces. I have been blessed with such

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Teri-Jane Row Instagram: @choosearow Facebook: Choose a Row www.choosearow.com

Teri-Jane started her blog during a difficult time in her life. “I was battling with infertility, and needed an outlet, to reach out and share my thoughts with like-minded people,” she says. “When it seemed like all was lost, I gave up. It was only when I was pregnant with my daughter that the flame to write and share was ignited again.” While pregnant with her first child, Teri-Jane lost her mom to cancer. “I felt lost as a new mom, and I reached out to other moms from all over the world and found a community of women who supported me – and I them.”

When it seemed like all was lost, I gave up. It was only when I was pregnant with my daughter that the flame to write and share was ignited again” “The whole point of social media is to be ‘social’ and not just post photos,” says Teri-Jane – who found her voice again and felt inspired to share her journey. TeriJane’s posts are focused on parenting, her own journey as a mom, travels, social media tips and products she and her

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family love and recommend. Although anyone can become an influencer, it all comes down to the quality of posts and the level of engagement you get from your audience. “Marketing agencies like to work with influencers as they are able to review their products and reach audiences in an authentic way. Within the community influencers are able to help small businesses reach new markets by sharing their products in a unique way, or within the home environment. “People will follow you because you resonate with them, and brands will want to work with you if they believe you fit their target audience and can promote their products effectively,” continues Teri-Jane. “I think I have an advantage in some areas, as I come from a marketing background

review. But there are a lot of costs involved – such as website hosting fees, the camera/phone you use, the extra items you may buy for a shoot, and boosting of posts to reach a bigger audience. There’s also the time you put into it – from conceptualising the post and taking the photo or video, to writing the caption and then engaging with your audience and answering all the questions you may get on that campaign.”

Find your

VOICE

KATRINE ANKER-NILSSEN CHATS TO FOUR LOCAL INFLUENCERS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEIR ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY and run social media pages for businesses. I am able to understand the business side of being an influencer, and the objectives of clients and what they would like to achieve from their campaigns.” Ninety percent of influencers in South Africa are not able to make a full-time living off being an influencer. “You can’t really pay your bills with a product exchange, but if you are lucky you may get paid for a campaign,” says Teri-Jane. “Paid campaigns are growing in momentum as agencies are realising the worth of influencers,” she continues. “Some people may not understand why an influencer would get paid and receive a product to

Diana Thompson

Instagram: @the_housewife_diaries Facebook: The Housewife Diaries www.thehousewifediaries.co.za “If I love a product and use it continually, I want the world to know how it is helping me in my everyday life,” says Diana – who strives to instil a trust in her followers on the subjects and messages sent out. “If you are successful in your stories, you will develop a relationship with your followers and receive positive feedback as they experience the same things you have shared. It’s not about how many followers you have, it’s more about the quality of the connection you have with your followers. “I do it for the love of it, and if I improve even just one person’s day, then I have had a positive influence – which means the most to me. After all there is no better referral than a referral from a friend, and I see my followers as my

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friends,” says Diana – who keeps it real at all times. “I also keep it simple and entertaining, with lots of laughs. “The focus of The Housewife Diaries is not about making a living from it, it centres around my passion for the subjects that I cover – family, cooking, beauty and travel. There are some benefits, like gifts that get sent to me to try out – and if enjoy them, they are shared with my followers. I only share things that I truly believe in and use in my own home.” hy rap og t o

Shan Fourie

Instagram: @shanfourie.coza Facebook: ShanFourie.coza www.shanfourie.co.za Shan’s biggest passion is the upliftment of women. “I believe there are so many women dealing with deep wounds of feeling less-than, not good enough and even insignificant. My hope is that in some small way I can help them find strength to put the false words aside and step into the people they were made to be. When a woman truly finds and lives out her worth, beautiful things happen around her,” she says. According to Shan anyone who has built a reputation for knowledge and expertise on a specific topic can be an influencer. “We develop a relationship of trust with our community, and with that in mind we are able to honestly share our experiences, thoughts and feelings around services, products, causes and brands with its

members. We have the opportunity to bring awareness to new brands, therefore assisting and uplifting businesses. And we are able to guide consumers in such a way that they are better able to make informed choices prior to purchase,” says Shan – adding that the most important role of all is to uplift, empower and inspire. “There are so many wonderful South African influencers. There is a lot of originality and authenticity coming out of SA bloggers and content creators,” says Shan. “For me this is not a job, it is a passion. I only work with brands that I truly love and believe in, and in so doing I think I have developed a relationship of trust with my followers. This is something I hold in

There are so many wonderful South African influencers. There is a lot of originality and authenticity coming out of SA bloggers and content creators” the highest regard – because if I ever lose that trust, I have lost everything.” A mom to three, Shan also runs a marketing agency, is a Luxuria South Africa Brand Ambassador and co-founder of MomSpo South Africa and POP the Party App. “I want to inspire moms to know that no matter how hard or busy life and motherhood is, we are the only ones who put limits on ourselves. We can do anything we set our mind to. “Some brands pay me for a number of posts, and the pricing varies across my platforms in relation to the exposure received,” explains Shan. “However my preferred way of working is an affiliate partnership. That way the brand and I both benefit should sales result from my content, and if not then no one loses out – therefore both parties experience a fair trade.”

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Jo Hill

Instagram: pullupsandpeanutbutter Facebook: @pullupsandpeanutbutter www.pullupsandpeanutbutter.co.za Jo started with a Facebook page where she shared healthy recipes – inspired by her love of baking and fitness. She now also has an Instagram page, a website and a blog. “I use these platforms to teach others that the only way to diet and reach your goals is NOT to diet,” she says. “I share what I have learnt about different diets out there, my own experiences with disordered eating, products I have found, cooking and baking tips, as well as tricks and random rambles. I believe that we can have our cake and eat it, we just need to know how. “I have amazing followers and have been fortunate to work with some incredible brands. I would never work with a brand or company that I don’t fully believe in,” says Jo – adding that she values being genuine, relatable and trustworthy. “I have been lucky enough to work on amazing campaigns, which either means that I have been gifted some incredible things, or I have been paid to be a part of the campaign. “I didn’t start my social media platforms to build a following. I am actually an extremely shy person, but my love for helping others and sharing what I have learnt has pushed me out of my comfort zone,” says Jo. “I am also a very honest person, so if I don’t like something I will never say that I do. I feel that people appreciate that.” Jo has a full-time job as a remedial teacher, so Pull Ups & Peanut Butter is a hobby which has helped her pursue a dream – namely launching her own recipe book, Balance.

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THAT IS THE QUESTION, BUT IT’S ALL ABOUT PERSONAL PREFERENCE, SAYS DURBAN FOODIE ANT ELLIS AS HE SAVOURS A MOUTHFUL OF TENDER, JUICY STEAK

orget the drippy universal language of love for a moment. If you ask me – and even if you don’t – the one thing we all have in common is food. We need it. We think about it. We delight in it, chat about it, and plan important occasions around it. So why then has the topic “to meat or not to meat” entered the dreaded no-go zone of religion and politics at the dinner table? Come on dudes, we’re entitled to eat whatever suits our preferred taste, diet and budget, and we aren’t required to qualify that to anyone. We like to think we’re liberal and respectful of the choices of others, but omnivores and herbivores just don’t seem to agree. As a meat lover, I confess to being a culprit of the funpokery perpetuated against vegetarians, vegans and those with alternative dietary narratives to my own – and it’s

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based products, including chickpeas, quinoa, soybeans and many leafy greens, are also excellent sources of protein and other top-notch health benefits we should be eating. So, apart from personal choice and the protein debate, can’t we all just get along? Yes, of course we can. Plantbased food isn’t a fad, a trend, or for tree-hugging hippies. In 2020, it’s a vibrant and exciting way to eat, packed with opportunity, versatility

not just me. Is it because I think a juicy, tender-as-butter prime fillet of beef, magnificently chargrilled to medium, is the greatest thing since sliced other meat, and I can’t understand why anyone would disagree? Yeah! But maybe it’s also because I don’t like being repeatedly – and sneerily – “advised” that my food choices are cruel and inhumane. But like a rapidly growing number of us, I choose sustainable and ethically-sourced meat. Newsflash: Snide commentary notwithstanding, we’re all kinda correct. Dieticians – including my friend Sharks rugby dietician and all-round good-gal Danielle Roberts – and doctors generally agree that animal products, including eggs and dairy, provide the highest quality “complete” protein and essential amino acids the body needs, due to high levels of bioavailability. That’s a fact. But plenty of truly delicious plant-

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and exceptional health value – there are enough vegan markets and events, plantbased restaurants and menu items, and veggie cookbooks around to prove it. Best of all, it’s absolutely compatible with your favourite meat. A delicious way to respect everyone at the table is with an amazing risotto. Not the daunting, labour-intensive project you’ve heard about, a killer risotto is as easy to make as it is satisfying to eat.


don’t need to stir endlessly, just keep it moving every minute, and don’t let it dry out or stick to the pot. If it’s getting thick and claggy, add more stock; if it’s too wet, don’t. Add mushrooms with their liquid, and peas with the last cup of stock. Cook until stock is absorbed and the risotto is creamy. While it’s still loose, remove from heat, season with salt and pepper, dot in the butter and cover for 5 minutes. Serve with shaved Parmesan and basil.

Easy Mushroom and Pea Risotto with (or without) Pan-Fried Steak Serves two as a main dish or four as a side dish • 1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced • 4 teaspoons butter • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 onion, diced • 1 cup Arborio rice • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1 cup white wine (the same plonk you’d drink) • 4 cups vegetable stock • 1 cup frozen peas • salt and pepper • Parmesan cheese • fresh basil, chopped

In a pan, lightly colour mushrooms in some of the butter. Season and set aside. In a sturdy pot heat olive oil, add garlic and onion, cook until soft and translucent. On a medium heat add rice and thyme, stir until all grains are coated. Add wine and stir. When everything’s moving about nicely and the boozy aroma is cooked off, add the stock, a cup at a time. You

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For the meaters, serving this risotto with steak is bangin’. Cook the generously seasoned steak – fillet or sirloin are right on for this – to your liking in a screaming hot pan with butter, a couple of halved garlic cloves and some fresh thyme, basting as you go. Rest for a couple of minutes, slice thinly and smash it with buckets of ice-cold wine. Not you, kids – you get juice. Until next time, eat what you prefer, and don’t trash the choices of others – it’s all good. Rock on!

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ABOVE: Durban foodie and lover of meat, Ant Ellis.

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Fine

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WHETHER YOU’RE A WINE CONNOISSEUR OR SIMPLY ENJOY A GLASS OF YOUR FAVOURITE, A WINE CELLAR IS THE IDEAL SPOT TO STORE, SAMPLE AND SHARE YOUR LOVE OF A GOOD VINTAGE. WE’VE ROUNDED UP SOME TIPS FROM LOCAL DESIGNERS story candice botha Margaret Berichon of Margaret Berichon Design transformed this outside storeroom adjacent to the garage into a wine cellar. The rustic herringbone patterned brick flooring and the timber shelving contrast beautifully with the contemporary metal legs of the stonetopped table and black leather barstools. “The shelves can hold 600 bottles of wine and the LED backlighting ensures they make a striking feature,” Margaret notes. The temperature is controlled via a wall-mounted air-conditioner and built-in cabinetry ensures that glasses and other wine-tasting tools are close by for when the owners are hosting guests in here. The finishing touch is the wine opener attached to the table and a series of pendant lights, which can be dimmed, overhead. Picture: Lar Photography

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In this wine cellar designed by Douglas and Douglas, a custommade floor-to-ceiling metal wine rack transformed a seldom-used room into a showstopping space. The chevron design of the shelving is a striking focal point enhanced by the aged patina of the wall behind. The cellar has two entrances – through a large pivoting door

from the living area, and on to the patio entertainment space via sliding glass doors – which ensures the room is ideal for use whatever the weather. To make sure the cellar’s functionality is as good as its aesthetic design, there are several practical elements including a series of drawers to hide clutter, shelves that allow champagne bottles to be stored upright,

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temperature control and a wallmounted shelf which makes serving a breeze. The finishing touch is the deep navy blue and gold palette which adds to the sophisticated air of the space.

TIPS FOR WINE CELLARS

Picture: Michelle Reynolds

In this wine cellar designed by Hannah Interiors and Taryn Flanagan Interiors, classic and contemporary elements sit comfortably together. The glass walls enhance the sense of space and add a contemporary feel that contrasts perfectly with the slate floors and oak boards on the ceiling – a nod to the traditional location of wine cellars beneath a house. This juxtaposition continues in the furnishings with a classic wine barrel table flanked by industrialstyle leather stools and an intricate, modern chandelier overhead. The floor-to-ceiling metal shelving is suspended between concrete pillars which echo the off-shutter concrete walls outside and, although they have been built from floor to ceiling, a ladder which slides across the wall makes reaching for exactly the right vintage a breeze. The glass doors ensure the wine cellar is a focal point of the living space while insulating against temperature fluctuations.

* Temperature and humidity control – both keeping the wine at the correct temperature and avoiding fluctuations in temperature – is vital in storing wine correctly. So install an air-conditioning unit in your wine cellar and consider a small wine fridge if you have expensive champagnes or fragile old wines. * To aid in temperature control, an area away from windows or exterior walls is a good location. * Wine bottles need to rest on their sides to keep corks moist so shelving that allows for them to be stored lying down is essential. * Turn your wine collection into a focal point of the design with an eyecatching shelving unit and lighting which highlights it. * Good storage for barware is a necessity, especially to keep the space looking neat, so include some drawers or cupboards where essential but unattractive items can be stored.

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Picture: Lar Photography FOR MORE INFO Margaret Berichon Design: bdesignstudios.co.za Douglas and Douglas: douglasanddouglas.co.za  Hannah Interiors: hannahinteriors.co.za Taryn Flanagan Interiors: tarynflanaganinteriors.co.za

* It is also a good idea to store glasses in an enclosed area, so that they do not become dusty between uses.

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The tale of two

MARKETS

THROUGHOUT THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, PROPERTY GURU DAVE JONES WILL GIVE US VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO TRENDS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE UPPER HIGHWAY AREA

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s a resident of the Upper Highway area since 1991, Dave is the proud parent of six children and grandparent to four. His previous careers include education, industrial relations and human resource management, and he now has 18 years’ experience in real estate – including six years as Seeff KZN Regional Manager. With practical experience as a developer, Dave has built 70 homes in secure estates and sold over 510 properties in the area – giving him an in-depth knowledge of the market trends in our community. Since returning to full-time work this month, Seeff Hillcrest and Kloof’s experience has been more than “business as normal” across all price ranges – with 13 sales in the first week of June alone. The Upper Highway area is fortunate that as a result of ongoing multi-faceted development, the sales tempo of number of sales made increased by 20% in 2019 compared to the previous year. The market remains oversupplied in most price segments, and we are in a Buyer’s Market Phase. Buyers have more choice, and this creates an opportunity for some aggressive purchasing to take place. On the other hand, sellers need to take care in pricing their property correctly in a market which is over­

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stocked in some categories. The “tale of two markets” in the Upper Highway area has two distinct parts to it. The first part is that there is a brand new market called Apartment Living; a younger market aimed at first-time buyers, which focuses mainly on the submillion rand properties. This is seen as a positive trend for the area, as people who have grown up here can also buy here. The second part is the Traditional Second-hand Market, which itself is split into two distinct markets – that which is selling, and that which is not. It has become a reality that in the traditional market, we are in a period that we call

Price Adjustment – where many properties coming on to the market now are coming on at 2015/2016 prices, if they are to be competitive due to high stock holding. The downsizing trend as a reason for selling is strong, and this includes not only those who want something smaller in size, but also those who wish to downscale economically. The availability of stock, great values, excellent schooling and a more relaxed outdoor lifestyle makes the Outer West a targeted area for buyers. The industrial growth of Hammarsdale

There is a brand new market called Apartment Living; a younger market aimed at firsttime buyers and Cato Ridge, due to the inland container terminal, will also positively impact the residential market. 40 ON ASSAGAY is one of Seeff’s latest boutique developments, with only 11 units boasting a modern open-plan design and a built capacity to live 90% off the grid – using purified borehole water and an up-to-date usage of a combination of gas and solar power for lights and the heating of water. Pet friendly, the 24-hour manned security development offers magnificent views and is a mere kilometre away from Hillcrest. All homes sold in the launch phase will receive a free uninterrupted power supply system valued at R70 000.

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ABOVE: Dave’s personal interests include road running and a love of music, photography and cooking. He also enjoys riding his Triumph Bobber Motorcycle and indulging his green thumb by maintaining his own vegetable garden.

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FOR MORE INFO 031 765 5326; www.seeff.com


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No place like

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COVID-19 HAS FORCED MANY RADICAL LIFESTYLE CHANGES ON OUR DAILY LIVES, RESULTING IN US RELOOKING THE WAY WE LIVE. BUT WHAT WILL THE LANDSCAPE OF LIFE POST COVID-19 LOOK LIKE? WHAT WILL THE NEW NORM BE?

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t is believed there will be no “back to normal” after the coronavirus crisis has eased off, but rather a slow return to some of our everyday practices. According to Dr Luka Lucic, a Pratt Institute psychologist who studies the effects of radical change on people, “People, during times of prolonged, radical change, end up changing.” Changes in how we think, behave and relate to one another, some deliberate but

many made unconsciously, some temporary but others potentially permanent, are already coming to define our new normal. So how will the pandemic affect the way we live in our homes and how we design them?  Drop zone From walking through the front door to the delivery of online orders, our homes will be restyled to include an organised “drop zone” for package drop-off’s, shoe and face mask storage and hand sanitisers so we can leave our germs at the front door.  Embracing niksen First there was hygge, then there was lagom, now there’s niksen, the Dutch concept of simply doing nothing, most of all without purpose. The aim is to reduce stress and to return later, healthier and more productive. As a result, tranquil, sanctuary-type spaces within our homes will become a trend.

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 Working from home According to Matthew Price, CEO of Cloudflare, “The pandemic has resulted in what is effectively the largest work-from-home experiment ever conducted in human history. People are finding unconventional ways to connect with coworkers, friends and family, and employers are being more flexible in how they respond to employee needs through dynamic, cloud-based technology. These shifts are predicted to last well beyond


fixtures – will become popular due to their antimicrobial properties. These will help destroy bacteria on kitchen cabinet handles or doorknobs without having to constantly spray them with disinfectant, and cork flooring has the added bonus of reducing sound and is also very comfortable to walk on barefoot. Ultraviolet lamps could also be a new technology to be integrated at home, in order to kill bacteria and viruses. Bathroom designs will see an increase in demand for smart toilets, with

the Covid-19 outbreak.” When spending a lot of time working from home, you need a space which is separated from the rest of the house, so as to be more productive but also to ensure a clear separation between work and relaxation. There will soon be a rise in demand for comfortable office furniture, good lighting options and efficient yet attractive storage possibilities. In addition to this, home offices will be designed with appropriate soundproofing and pleasing aesthetics to allow for

automatic cleaning faucets, as well as the return of the bidet. With a focus on hand washing, it is predicted that touch-free taps will become a popular, hygienic home design solution.  Green fingers With more time spent at home, all things related to gardening will see a massive comeback, including new ways to incorporate greenery inside our homes. As a proven way to reduce stress and to improve the air quality inside our homes, vertical gardens and indoor gardening will boom.

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professional video calls and Zoom meetings. To create your perfect home office space contact Dave from Earlswood Shutters 031 563 5540  A healthier home Due to this viral crisis we have all become more sensitive towards better hygiene and sanitisation which will bring many interesting changes into our homes. Germ-resistant materials for flooring and surfaces – such as cork flooring and copper, brass and bronze hardware and

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Design ONLINE

LOCAL INTERIOR DESIGNERS HAVE EMBRACED THE CHANGES COVID-19 HAS BROUGHT, WITH SEVERAL WELL-KNOWN DECORATORS LAUNCHING ONLINE SERVICES OVER THIS PERIOD. CANDICE BOTHA TAKES A LOOK AT THREE INTERIOR DESIGN COMPANIES OFFERING VIRTUAL CONSULTING

Onstyle

The brainchild of interior designers and friends Kirsten Wuth, owner of The Design Group, and Carla Taylor, owner of All Things Interior, Onstyle offers the duo’s extensive interior design expertise online. The process involves answering detailed questions about your space, your likes, dislikes and lifestyle, as well as your room measurements, photos of the space and inspiration images. Kirsten or Carla then draw up a design and chat you through implementing it. There are several different packages available to suit different budgets and requirements. “All our design packages give clients custom designs personalised for a specific room and based on their style and budget,” say Kirsten and Carla. Package differences are based on clients’ needs within the room, as well as the level of customisation. “We source the furnishings we suggest for your space from a carefully curated mix of well-known retailers and unique, exclusive vendors that we work with directly to help us match your budget and style.” It’s an interactive, accessible and fun way to see your space come to life and because the process is completely online, you and your interior designer can work on the project any time, day or night to create a full design solution to meet your brief. FOR MORE INFO onstyledesign.com

Taryn Flanagan Interiors

Interior designer Taryn Flanagan has partnered with South African-based Renostation to offer clients a brand new virtual interior design service. “We are proud to be the first design house in KwaZulu-Natal to offer this very exciting scanning

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Friends Kirsten Wuth and Carla Taylor from Onstyle, with one of their looks (right).

We are proud to be the first design house in KwaZulu-Natal to offer this very exciting scanning app to our clients

app to our clients,” says Taryn. Using a world-class scanning tool, you can scan your entire space at the touch of a button to create a 3D model in minutes, and capture all your measurements and visuals to be translated into CAD accurately. The entire process is electronic and is compatible with Apple software, with Android to follow soon, and a variety of packages on offer. Once your space has been scanned, Taryn will have a virtual consultation with you via a video call to get some insights into the kind of design scheme you have in mind – from colour palettes, to overall style, the function of the space, what

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Dhershan Interior Design

ABOVE: Taryn Flanagan from Taryn Flanagan Interiors showcases two of her favourites looks (left).

ABOVE: Dhershan Naidoo of Dhershan Interior Design, and below, one of his designs.

Interior designer Dhershan Naidoo of Dhershan Interior Design has also taken his services online during lockdown. “Our homes have become our world during these uncertain times,” says Dhershan, “and many people want to revamp their spaces or create an ideal home office but are selfisolating, so consulting online gives them access to design expertise virtually.” Before talking to a client via video calling, Dhershan asks them to send photos of the room or a short video as well as the answers to a client and room analysis questionnaire which gives him a sense of their requirements. “I then go ahead and design the room or house working off their building plans and source digital images of fixtures and furniture from suppliers which I email,” he explains. “I courier samples of finishings like flooring, paint swatches, timbers for cabinetry, fabrics and wallpapers so clients have the opportunity to see and feel before they make final choices.” The process is streamlined and gives clients an interior design service that ticks all the boxes without the physical contact with designer and suppliers – ideal for households self-isolating.

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FOR MORE INFO dhershan.co.za or dhershan_interior_designs

furniture definitely needs to stay and what new pieces you are looking for. You will be sent a 3D photorealistic design scheme for your space, with personalised recommendations based on your design preferences as well as an architectural model as a SketchUp file. “In times like these, we are all trying to find new ways in which to work and adapt, and we believe that with this new programme, we are able to do this safely and more effectively than ever before,” notes Taryn. FOR MORE INFO tarynflanaganinteriors.co.za/virtualdesign

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e-commerce*

sa predominantly e-commerce focussed business that started in 2013, it’s fair to say that the first four years of our existence often felt like we were swimming upstream. Why? Because the South African retail sector was relatively slow in adopting e-commerce – largely as a result of the high cost of entry and the challenging associated logistics.  Towards the end of 2017 we started to see a shift – albeit

The tech giants have responded so positively to the plight of small business with Google announcing recently that they would be making parts of Google Shopping free to retailers a relatively slow one. And by the start of 2019, it felt like the market had woken up to the realisation that in retail an Omnichannel offering was essential to staying relevant. Looking back at 2018/2019, we pushed almost 70 new retail businesses online. What’s quite interesting is that around 70% of these were start-ups or entrepreneurs who had

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identified an opportunity to level the playing field – competing with large footprint brick and mortar retailers who still hadn’t got their act together online. It would be amiss for me to say we started 2020 slowly. On the contrary, our e-commerce pipeline leading into the new decade was healthy from the get-go, but what we’ve seen over the last 8-10 weeks is something none of us could have predicted. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been stark. It has changed retail in South Africa forever, fast-tracking the adoption of e-commerce for both consumers and retailers in the space of just a few short months. For eight

Survival of the

FITTEST CHERYL INGRAM EXPLAINS HOW COVID-19 HAS FAST-TRACKED THE ADOPTION OF E-COMMERCE FOR BOTH CONSUMERS AND RETAILERS

weeks, stores that were forced to close and who did not have an e-commerce offering were given no option but to rethink their future. They say it takes 21 days to change a habit. Well, for almost 60 days, while in hard lockdown, the South African consumer has had very little to do besides surf the web, and for the uninitiated,

familiarise themselves with the convenience of shopping online. So, as the country prepares to shift to this new post-lockdown world, traditional retailers and small businesses alike have scrambled to adapt to this new world of “order and delivery”. Necessity is the mother of invention and many traditional

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businesses have been given no option but to adapt – or die. Looking specifically at our retail portfolio, we can segment our managed accounts into two distinct groups. There are those who panicked and pulled their marketing spend, and then there are those who simply changed their strategies – realising that lockdown presented opportunities for reaching consumers across multiple devices, in the comfort of their own homes. Let’s be honest, besides baking banana bread, taking part in a fitness challenge, or going green with a veggie garden, the options for passing time during hard-lockdown were relatively slim. TV on repeat offered little respite and as a result, what we saw was a huge surge in digital media

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consumption and a massive spike in online shopping. While many of us anticipated a drop in consumer spending, what we identified as an opportunity was to leverage lockdown and the increased

attention that consumers were paying to online channels and use this to deliver strong offerled messaging. In fact, for those advertisers that braved holding their marketing budgets strong, running lockdown deals and promotions resulted in a significant upside – in some instances with revenues breaking Black Friday numbers in what was essentially the darkest trading month of our lifetime. With people unable to visit malls or stores, many consumers made an enthusiastic switch to online shopping, undeterred by the fact that items purchased would not be delivered until after lockdown was lifted.  What has also been very interesting over this period is the fundamental switch in how brands and businesses engage with their audiences. Instead of expecting the customer to come to them, businesses that adapted

As a team of accredited Shopify Experts, TDMC are excited by the opportunities that are available to our existing client base and also well positioned to help merchants without an online strategy navigate this new world. CHERYL INGRAM Director: The Digital Media Collective; cheryl@tdmc.co.za 072 617 9900; www.tdmc.co.za

quickly converted to a mindset of bringing their brand to the customer. This is especially true of small businesses who moved to WhatsApp groups to take orders and confirm deliveries. Equally, businesses that had always been averse to

a marketplace environment like Takealot quickly realised that having an online presence is a far greater need than owning the customer outright. What’s been exciting for us is how the tech giants have responded so positively to the plight of small business with Google announcing last month that they would be making parts of Google Shopping free to retailers; Facebook announcing an overhaul of their shopping offering and integrating all parts of their ecosystem to better facilitate transactional commerce; and Shopify identifying the need to enable functionality like gift cards (previously restricted to certain account thresholds) across all Shopify merchant plans. It is undoubtedly a fascinating time for retail brands and certainly the adage, “survival of the fittest” could not be more true. And for the consumer – well, what a great time to be shopping!

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fashion*

Looks to

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LEFT: Relaxed day

at the office: Abbas wears an Armitage custom-made, Ceruti 100% wool, charcoal suit with a Stenstrรถms superior twill white shirt.

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ABOVE: Smart but still casual: Tyrone wears a classic navy wool blazer, Armitage blue cotton shirt, Gant khaki chinos and a Massimo leather laceup shoe.


RIGHT: Outdoor

pleaser: Abonga wears a limited edition Stenstrรถms bird and bamboo linen shirt with a pair of Gant navy chino shorts and Esqurgo leather sandals.

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RIGHT: Weekend wear: Tyrone looks good in a Gant red gingham shirt worn under a Gant V-neck cotton jersey and Gant navy chinos with Armitage leather belt. BOTTOM RIGHT: Bags of style: Stylish Jeykll & Hide Montanna tog bag, ideal for an overnight stay. BELOW: Looking cool: Abonga beats the heat in this Armitage mercerised cotton golfer, Gant stone chino shorts and Duca del Cosma casual shoes.

CREDITS: CLOTHING: Available from Armitage Mens Outfitters, Park Square, uMhlanga; PICTURES: Sfiso Magagula; STYLIST: Abbas Moosa; GROOMING: Amin @ Armitage; MODELS: Abonga, Tyrone and Abbas

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LIFE’S

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ACCORDING TO DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY’S NIECE, BEING A GIRL FAR OUTWEIGHS BEING A BOY, ESPECIALLY AS BOYS AREN’T ALLOWED TO CRY

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id you always want to be a boy?” asked my niece. “Huh?” I said. It was a Saturday afternoon back when Saturday afternoons meant something, and I was watching the rugby, and she was sitting next to the TV holding an aerial at exactly the right angle for a clear reception. The aerial isn’t actually connected to the television, and it’s not really an aerial, it’s a pair of braai tongs, but she likes to be useful. “Did you ever want to be a girl?” she asked. “What makes you ask that?” I asked suspiciously. Who had she been talking to? Was this about that time in the 90s when I was a goth and wore eyeliner? I thought I’d destroyed those pictures. “No,” I said. “Why not?” she said. “It’s nice being a girl.” “Because,” I said, trying to

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concentrate on the game, “I don’t know how to put on make-up.” “Girls don’t have to wear make-up,” she said. “Not if they don’t want.” “That’s true,” I said, “you don’t have to do anything you don’t want. You can be an astronaut if you like.” “I don’t want to be an astronaut,” she said. “That’s OK. You can be a rich CEO instead. You’d make a very good CEO.” I have a secret retirement plan that I haven’t told anyone about. It involves my niece making a lot of money and looking after me in my old age. “I don’t want to be a CEO,” she said. “I want to be a vet.” This concerned me. “Why do you want to be a vet? Vets don’t make much money.” “I like animals,” she said. “If you’re a rich CEO, you can buy lots of animals. Then you can be around them and you won’t have to put your fingers in their bottoms.” “Why would I put my fingers in their bottoms?” “Because that’s what vets do.” She considered that while I watched the game. I’d lost track of who was winning. Actually I didn’t really care who was winning. Sometimes I wonder why I watch rugby. Maybe it’s just something that boys are supposed to do. My niece had made a decision. “I don’t want to be a vet anymore,” she said. I felt a bit guilty because animals always need a friend, but also a bit more financially optimistic about my old age. “Whatever you want, honey,” I said. “I like being a girl,” she said. “A girl can wear a dress or a pair of pants, but a boy can only wear pants.” “A boy can wear a dress, if he wants,” I said, half-heartedly. “Yes,” she said, “but I think most

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people would laugh at him. He’d have to really, really want to wear a dress.” She pondered the gender divide some more. “And you know why else I don’t want to be a boy?” she said. “Because sometimes when I feel sad I cry, and boys aren’t allowed to cry.” And I looked at her sitting there so still beside the TV, holding the braai tongs at just the right angle, and I thought about how perfect she is, and how smart and delicate and strong and kind; and how one day she’ll have to go into a world that will do its best to make her feel less than perfect; and I thought about the people she’ll trust who will let her down; and I thought about the times she’ll feel sad. And then I went over and hugged her very close. “Boys cry,” I told her. “We cry all the time.”

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