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Never Stop Learning

’ve had lots of curious conversations with my nine-year-old lately. Her questions never end, and neither does her inconceivable imagination. I keep telling her that we never stop learning. Perhaps I tell her too often, but I feel it’s good to remind her of the fact that we all learn from each other, every day, no matter how old we are and where we come from. And that whenever you stop to listen, instead of talking, you’re learning. Of course she loves it the most when she can actually teach me something. It gives her such a sense of pride. Much like the pride she felt when she first started reading, and was able to dive into

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the magic world of books on her own. In learning, the importance of reading is unmatched. Not only does it encourage your imagination to stretch further, it opens your

mind, cultivates understanding and awareness, and increases your knowledge. I’ll be the first to admit that the closure of schools this year has had its challenges. Yes, I have learnt a lot – and appreciate the insight gained with regards to teaching methods and simply just discovering how my daughter is learning. But I know I speak for most parents when I say I have developed an enhanced respect for teachers. They have done an incredible job over these past few months, stepping into unknown territory in order to keep their students up to speed. With most schools having reopened, these wonderful teachers are continuing to go the extra mile by making sure government regulations and necessary precautions are followed – allowing our children to learn alongside their peers again, while still keeping online platforms open for those who have chosen to stay at home. Children are thriving back at school, benefitting hugely from interaction with friends and other adults but their parents. There is no doubt that the value of a school environment is huge. August is women’s month, an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements and the key role that women have played and continue to play in our society. Fearless, feminine and fabulous; in this issue we meet a whole lot of women from many walks of life who are all doing it for themselves – within the spheres of corporate,

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education, conservation, charity, fashion and beauty. We also introduce you to our gorgeous cover stars, the MJ accountants, and look forward to hearing more from them in upcoming issues. Thank you yet again for supporting us. Without you we wouldn’t be where we are; we’re thrilled that you recognise the credibility of our brand and share our view on

Reading makes all other learning possible. We have to get books into our children’s hands early and often.” – Barack Obama the value of print. As Louella Fernandes so aptly puts it; “As a trusted and tangible medium, the printed page provides longevity and an emotional connection that cannot be replicated by a screen.” While enjoying these beautiful, sunny winter days with cool, crisp nights, it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner. Let’s push through the peak of this pandemic together, stay safe and consider those around us. And don’t forget to keep supporting local!


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Durban Walking Tours

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Registered tour guide Alison Chadwick operates walking tours in and around the city of Durban. “Living in Durban is a privilege for me, and one I don’t take for granted,” says Alison. “I am passionate about this city and love to share my knowledge with others. Sometimes the things closest to home are the best, and as they say ‘local is lekker’!”     Alison worked in the Point area for 12 years. “Often after work I’d drive around the area and take photos of various buildings, and then go home or to the Don Africana library in town and research the buildings,” she says. “I soon became fascinated with the history right on our doorstep and started to delve further and further into research.”    In May last year Alison invited a friend to join her on a walk and shared her knowledge with her, and that’s how it all started. “I qualified as a tour guide for the City of Durban in October last year,” she says. “I think the most rewarding thing for me is the interest I have created in the city, not a day goes by when someone doesn’t contact me to ask if I know about this or can I share more information on something.”    Alison’s walking tours are very unique as they have an element of surprise. “I try not reveal everything upfront, I have lots of quirky


and interesting information to share and I take folk to places off the beaten track,” she smiles. “I love how communities have embraced my walking tours – often an owner of an establishment will invite us inside to visit, be it an art gallery, private home, a surf shop, a restaurant – I am overwhelmed at the support I have received.  “My head spins continuously as I am always coming up with new ideas and new places to visit. I currently have five different walking tours and many different destination walks – which include about 5 kms of exercise and visiting something interesting and learning,” says Alison. Her tours take two to three hours, with a minimum of six people and a maximum of 24.    “I love doing research and my bedside table is piled high with books – I have a keen interest in the bygone era,” says Alison. “I made the decision this year at the age of 57 to follow my heart and my passion, so after working for accountants for 10 years I decided to quit my job and become a full-time tour guide.”    Due to Covid things have slowed down, but Alison is starting up again with just a handful of people. “I am confident that my new venture will be back up and running soon, as I think people will be doing a lot more local travel.”  

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Mobile Barista On The Go

Sanele Gasa grew up in Embo township outside Hillcrest. “I failed my matric quite a few times, but I kept on moving forward. I didn’t want failure to describe me,” says Sanele, who in 2013 joined an internship programme at the local church where he was given an opportunity to learn how to make coffee. That’s where his coffee journey started, and today he has his own business, Sans On The Go Café. “I have taken my love of coffee and my passion for small business – allowing me to provide barista services at events, markets and private functions,” says Sanele proudly. “I am so blessed to live and work in the Upper Highway area, the community is incredibly supportive.”   Last year Sanele shared his story at a Robin Hood Foundation event with over 1 500 delegates, and this year he is sharing his story through Mr Price.   If anyone is looking for a mobile coffee station for their event, please support this local talent – an inspiration to many, showing us that you really can do anything you put your mind to. 

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Fill Up Your Pantry With Local Goodies

A small business with a passion for all things local, Pantry Box is a familyowned affair that started operating a year ago in the Upper Highway area.   “A couple of years ago I started delivering vegetables to friends,” says Debbie van Heerden. “The more we chatted, the more I realised how busy we are. I felt a need to help moms cope a little better with

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everything life is throwing at us, and so Pantry Box was born.”  As Debbie’s children were attending Winston Park Primary School at the time, they asked the school for permission

all available for moms to fetch when they picked up their children from school.   “Unfortunately this part of the business didn’t really take off,” says Debbie. “We were thinking of closing it down when our country went into lockdown.”  But seeing all their suppliers were already in place, they made the wise decision to change their business to an online home delivery service.   “I love that we are able to help other small local businesses that cannot operate until level 1 of the lockdown – such as the granny who bakes

vegetables, kudu biltong and so much more.”  Pantry Box also gives to our community. “We’ve started a Pay-It-Forward voucher, an opportunity for clients to give a voucher to someone who needs it. Clients can also contribute through us to the amazing work Nation Changers is doing feeding the poor.”  FOR MORE INFO:  083 552 1808;  

{SUPPORT LOCAL} to place a container on their sports field. They then enlarged their product list to include hormone-free milk, chicken, pork and beef, sourdough bread and also included some home-made meals –

Operation Community Nutrition (OCN) is the brainchild of a group of friends passionate about nutrition and helping others. Over the last few months they have prepared 4 500 meals for orphanages in the Shongweni area and Valley of 1 000 Hills. Andre Rutishauser together with Matt and Kaz Wilson initiated the project during a time of great need, wanting to share their plant-based, highly nutritious meals with our surrounding rural communities. The vegetable and protein-rich meals are cooked in huge potjie pots over a slow fire in the traditional Zulu manner – with locally grown wild Superfoods and Moringa 5 000 added in, creating nextlevel nutrition and boosting the immune system. Based at the Hole in the Wall

all our rusks and the most delicious shortbread, or our supplier of ready-made meals,” says Debbie. “We have over 140 products on offer – from sauces to pizza bases, pestos, milk, butter, cheese, fresh

Pizzeria in Assagay, OCN have tactically partnered up with NPO Zero2Five – who identify creches and orphanages in the area who are in need, and help deliver the food.    “We are in the process of setting up our own NPO called imiFino, and plan to grow this concept into something bigger – including food gardens. The ultimate goal is to empower those in need to be able to grow, harvest and prepare highly nutritious food for children and the elderly,” says Kaz. “The project could not have been possible without the local community donating and supporting this initiative with cash, vegetables, fruit, blankets and masks.Thank you!” 


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just opened up his first store in Hillcrest. “It’s more like a showroom. I am in and out all day, but I have great coffee – so please pop in for a cup and a browse!”   Mainly doing markets,  and with a strong focus on his online store, Anton has branched out with this new spot – located at the back of Hillcrest Centre – and hopes it can eventually also turn into a creative space for wine tasting

and other fun events.    The Ratbag journey began in 2012. “We threw a couple of designs together, wanting to introduce a clothing brand that would best engage the Durban culture and emphasise a comfortable attitude, consequently coining the term ‘comfortude’,” says Anton. “We had the intention of a stylish, quirky, funky men’s clothing range that would catch the eye of any customer and put


Anton Southwood recently  closed down his Ratbag factory and gifted the sewing machines to his employees – empowering these ladies to run their own businesses. Now he outsources all his work to the three manufacturing hubs they have created, using fabrics and prints/designs he has imported.    A Kloof resident, Anton has

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explains Jacqueline McCarroll –  EcoHome Director.   The EcoHome kit is informative, engaging and easy to understand. While educating children on sustainable practices, it also promotes fine motor development through constructing the pieces and also encourages reading and discussion through the information cards.   EcoHome are running a fantastic competition until September. “Find a gold sun in your EcoHome pack and win one of the collectable items for your school – such as a water tank, recycle bins, LED bulbs, etc. Find a silver sun in your EcoHome pack and win R2 500 towards your school fees,” says Jacqueline. 


EcoHome, a South African made educational activity for children that teaches the importance of sustainable living, launched during Youth Month in selected Spar stores across KwaZuluNatal. Each EcoHome flat pack kit retails for R129,95 and includes a house, assembly card, 16 collectable items and 17 information cards.   “With most schools bringing sustainability into the curriculum, help your kids learn how to take care of our planet and the importance of recycling, permaculture, healthy living and conservation of resources. “Building their own eco-home using earth-saving materials will teach them the principles of sustainable living in a tangible, educational and fun way,”

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a smile on anyone’s face.”  The infamous Ratbag Chiller Shorts were born, and today the range has expanded to board shorts, golf shorts and smart casual shirts – in a wide range of unique and quirky prints. Big sizes, 3XL-5XL, can be made to order. There are also groovy masks and 100% cotton bed linen.   FOR MORE INFO:  083 578 8355;;

Life. Lemons. Homemade Lemonade 

A proudly Durban born brand that started like many small businesses in the home of its founder, Lemonlicious is all about keeping it real, with an honest approach to life and lemon juice. “We’ve perfected our flavours, which are all made from only the best all-natural ingredients with no dodgy junk added,” says Natalie Baitz. The secret is simple: Real lemons, real ginger and spring water.    Flavours include Old School Squeeze, Cheeky Cranberry, Ginger Ninja and Sugarless Sass, and are best enjoyed anywhere, everywhere and at any time. For a refreshing burst of flavour drink as is, or mix with your favourite gin or vodka for a taste sensation that is unmatched.    FOR MORE INFO: Available at Spars, butcheries, coffee shops, delis and takeaways, or email for your nearest stockists  

Macnut Chapel Of Love 

From humble beginnings, the Macnut Farm in Assagay has grown into one of KZN’s premium wedding and function venues – accommodating up to 200 guests with all the catering, decor and flowers done in-house. The beautiful and tranquil gardens create amazing memories for bridal couples on their special day.    Hannah and Paul Paine have developed many magical spaces on their property, but one of their most special features is without doubt the iconic Chapel of Love – the smallest chapel in the southern hemisphere. Beautifully decorated with individually designed and hand-crafted stain glass windows, as well as a hand-painted ceiling inspired by the

beautiful Renaissance cathedral ceilings of Europe, Hannah and Paul created the chapel together. Paul did the construction, using pre-loved wood, while Hannah worked on the artistic elements. The inspiration to build this unique Hansel and Gretel-like chapel was born out of the couple’s love for Macnut Farm, a passion for romance and a deep appreciation for the beauty that surrounds them. It is nestled under a giant Pink Cedar tree next to the Umhlatuzana River.   Macnut Farm can do micro weddings during lockdown – for those couples eager to tie the knot and unable to wait!   FOR MORE INFO: 031 765 2572, 074 603 0000;;  



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Chartered Accountants I started the business in 2013 after leaving corporate. We are an outsourced accounting practice that offers the full range of accounting services to the SMME sector. We are extremely proud of the growth we have achieved over the last few years, based purely on referrals from our existing clients and our reputation. My team is an all-ladies team, and I am extremely passionate about empowering women. ▪ Your branding and logo reflect a number of lion pictures, tell us about that? Yes, there is so much we can learn from the lion. The lion is a great representation of what we stand for as a team – we are a pride who are fiercely focused in everything we do, but can be gentle and fearless at the same time. ▪ What services do you offer? We offer monthly management accounts, VAT submissions, all tax related matters, annual financial statements, outsourced payroll, workman’s compensation compliance and


much more. ▪ What makes you different? Our Five Point unique selling proposition: Qualified: Owned and operated by a qualified CA, you can rest assured that you are going to get accurate and sound financial information about your business. Budget Conscious: We understand the plight of small to medium size


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enterprises and offer a range of services to suit all budgets. Tax: We are strong on tax and will look to maximise your tax efficiency within the legal parameters of the law. Deadline Driven: We will always get everything done on time. Personalised Service: We are not just number

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crunchers, we focus on getting to know our clients and building long-term relationships. ▪ Why would a business want to outsource their accounting? There are a number of benefits: Cost Savings: You only pay for the services you need, when you need them.


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urban is wellknown for many things, including some pretty kiff beaches, gorgeous weather and flippen hot curries. But now there are further reasons for the city to boast: two of Durban’s tallest, biggest and oldest citizens have just been recognised as “champion trees”. Nationwide, there are fewer than 100 trees that have been awarded this status under a National Forests Act project to safeguard the country’s most outstanding trees, or groups of trees. Not just sommer any old tree can be chosen, explains Izak van der Merwe, founder and national coordinator of the Champion Tree project. “There has to be a definite ‘wow factor’ to justify a nomination,” he says, noting that the two newest champions are both worthy recipients of this honour. The two city champions – both exotic figs growing in the Durban Botanic Gardens – were among 11 trees added to the national list recently after a public nomination and evaluation process. The scheme started nearly 17 years ago when Izak received a call from a local councillor who was worried about the fate of a large English oak – the only large tree to have survived the 1950s demolition and apartheid removals in Sophiatown,


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TWO NEW – OR RATHER OLD – DURBAN TREES RECENTLY IMPRESSED THE JUDGES WITH THEIR ‘WOW’ FACTOR AND HAVE BEEN RECOGNISED AS “CHAMPION TREES”, WRITES TONY CARNIE Johannesburg. As things turned out, the old oak died soon afterwards because of a savage pruning, but this galvanised Izak and fellow tree experts to proactively secure legal protection for trees judged to be of national importance. The oldest champion tree in the Durban Botanic Gardens – a Ficus benghalensis – was

ABOVE: Ficus annulata – the largest tree on record in the city in terms of its overall size. Picture: Supplied ABOVE RIGHT: Ficus benghalensis – the oldest champion tree in the Durban Botanic Gardens. Picture: Supplied RIGHT: This avenue of London plane trees was planted in the Pietermaritzburg Botanical Gardens in 1908. Picture: Duncan Kelly

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planted here in 1871 and has since become one of the mostphotographed trees in the city. Also known as the Durban Banyan Tree, the largest specimen near the main tea garden entrance is one of three such strangler figs in the country’s oldest surviving botanical gardens. The largest of the three is just over 37m high, with a trunk diameter of

3,5m, a circumference of 11m and a crown width of over 30m. Originating from South East Asia, there are several notable banyan trees around the world, including a monstersize specimen in Kolkata, India, thought to be at least 250 years old. The second Durban champion is a Ficus annulata (var valida), and is the largest tree on record in

Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness. Ð Kahlil Gibran the city in terms of its overall size. There is some uncertainty about its exact age, with some accounts suggesting it was planted in 1937 or even later. But Durban Botanic Gardens curator Martin Clement says the best evidence suggests it is well over 100 years old. Located just above the garden’s popular picnic lake, the annulata fig is 31m high with a trunk diameter of 3,6m, a circumference of 11,5m and »

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ABOVE: The Ilembe Tree, a magnificent sycamore fig near Kranskop, is among KwaZuluNatal’s oldest champion trees. Picture: Enrico Liebenberg

crown width of 38m. Martin is thrilled by the news: “Champion tree status certainly puts the Botanic Gardens and the city on the map, as the national list of champion trees is iconic and highlights an important part of our national heritage.” Elsewhere in the province, KwaZulu-Natal has six


other champion trees. They include the spectacular lane of London plane trees in the KZN Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg (planted in 1908); a massive mountain ash tree at New Hanover; a 34m high tulip tree at Baynesfield Estate near Richmond; the largest Common wild fig in SA (at Eden Park, Umtentweni); a collection of 60m-high gum trees in Pietermaritzburg; and a magnificent sycamore fig (the Ilembe Tree) near

The oldest champion tree in the Durban Botanic Gardens – a Ficus benghalensis – was planted here in 1871

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Kranskop. At a national level, other champion trees include the Wonderboom tree (a 1 000 year old Ficus salicifolia near Pretoria); the Sagole Baobab (the largest indigenous tree in the country); and the Magoebaskloof Giants (a group of at least three 80m-high eucalyptus trees which are thought to be the tallest trees in South Africa and Africa).





ere are the six steps on the journey of The Entrepreneurial Ladder:  Rung 0 Ð Employee This is where most business owners start. Being an employee is a great thing – it’s where you get to learn and serve your apprenticeship. Rung 1 Ð Self-employed You decide you are tired of working long hours to make someone else rich so you take the plunge, resign and go on your own. This is the first stage of business ownership and quite frankly the hardest. You get stuck on a hamster wheel wondering what happened to all the extra money and time you dreamt of! At this stage of the ladder you do not own a business, but rather a job. Rung 2 Ð Manager You have started to employ some staff, acquired some assets, grown your business and are taking your marketing seriously. You are still working very hard and spend the majority of your time working “in” the business as opposed to working “on” it. You could start experiencing problems with staff who may not be as committed as you or may let you down when you least expect it. Why is this? Probably because you are still learning how to BE a leader and manager. Rung 3 Ð Owner Business owners who reach this stage have realised that businesses are run by systems, and systems are run by people. Not the other way around! When you have documented systems in place, you have a lot more consistency in your business and are on the way to building

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a saleable asset that can work without you. You are now able to spend more time working ON the business – planning, strategising, marketing, etc. Rung 4 Ð Investor Your business is now starting to generate good profits, has a great team in place, a great leader in place (you), documented systems and is running like a well-oiled machine. You now need to decide where you want to invest your profits to grow your wealth and build financial freedom. Rung 5 Ð Entrepreneur The final rung is the entrepreneurial stage which is about exponential growth:

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where you franchise your business, or sell licence agreements, or create agencies or award distribution rights, etc. Not all business models will lend themselves to this and

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so the investor stage may be the top of the ladder for some business owners. So, where are you on this ladder? How far are you towards creating a business that is a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you? At ActionCOACH, we have a proven system and methodology to help you climb this ladder and build your dream business which is the vehicle to achieve your goals and dreams. W ActionCOACHIgnite



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or many parents, juggling children and schooling at home during lockdown has taxed them beyond breaking point. Others have coped better, and some even believe it works well for them, and are toying with the idea of this as their new normal. But to what extent is this right for every child? Even if they’re happy being “schooled” in the easy comfort of home, is this a well-rounded education? There are numerous complex life skills taught and learnt in a school environment, some of which are not able to be replicated at home. Parents contribute crucial, valuable puzzle pieces to a child’s developing life, but so, too, does the societal microcosm provided by schools,

teachers, and a wide range of children. Dr Caron Bustin is an educational psychologist with extensive hands-on experience. From her perspective, there’s also ample global scientific research on a child’s emotional, academic and social development, and how the school environment supports that: “The school-going child progresses from the inner sanctum of the family circle, to the first external domain within wider society. Schools act as the interface between the individual and the macrosystem, the world at large. Going to school requires a child’s adjustment from dependence on parents and home, to belonging and socialising in a same age group – plus developing trust in another adult, the class


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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR An ability to interact appropriately is a key social skill; bluntly, children need to learn to get along with other people

teacher, who in turn represents the authority of the institution and wider values. It’s a big step.” And it builds from there: “Past research shows that children with poor social skills through insufficient social opportunities are at higher risk for negative behaviour,” she says. An ability to interact appropriately is a key social skill; bluntly, children need to learn to get along with other people. “Social skills and social interactions are the foundation of human consciousness,” she explains. “These emerge through a dynamic interplay between the individual and his/her environment, and are believed to be fundamental to our functioning, for relationships and »

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...but it doesn’t replace the friendships, care and the expansive field of learning we have during our high school years in the school environment! At Hillcrest High School we have progressed in leaps and bounds on the technology front, but we are also proud of helping prepare our students for life after school in other important ways - including academically, achievements on and off the field, building character and being willing to serve. We are proud of being co-educational, having caring and experienced educators, and offering a quality education at an affordable cost in a safe and holistic environment. Our Head Leaders, Tyla de Waal and Diego Smith, encourage their fellow Matrics that they are not alone. “We want to salute our teachers and principal for all the hard work and effort in ensuring we don’t fall behind with our schoolwork - we have had so much encouragement and support. To our fellow Matrics; continue to work hard, take the resources available and use them to your advantage. At the end of the day; ‘If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me’. Together we can show that Covid-19 will not defeat us. You are not alone - we can do this together. Work hard and stay safe!”


community life. School provides the ideal stamping ground to enhance that capacity to adapt and perform in a lifelong way. Interestingly, research shows that parents tend to underemphasise social problems, and focus more on their child’s physical and educational aspects as priorities.” What about discipline? Is home discipline different from that of school? “Rules are a reality at all levels of human life, laid out to guide and protect human rights, interaction and dignity. By grasping the bigger picture hypothetically, children begin to wrestle with life issues. As their powers of critical thinking emerge, they can interrogate the rules, the rule of law, ethics and duties.” At school, there are rules, and then there are unwritten social ones – not unlike in life. Functioning in a complex society like a school environment, children grow to understand the nuances. Caron goes on to say, “The power between parents and a child is uneven, often about obedience and acceptance. Peer interactions are more balanced and egalitarian. Interactions with friends or peers allows for negotiation and less adult-dependent reliance – this enhances self-assertion and problem solving, just as friendship serves as a buffering agent to protect and nurture during adolescence.” Psychologist Paul Bushell believes that in a constantly changing world, emotional intelligence is the greatest gift we can give our children: “If young people can understand their own and other people’s thoughts, feelings and

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Schools create wonderful opportunities (in and out the classroom) for young people to grow and practice their emotional intelligence development”


behaviours, they are more likely to manage their feelings and make choices for their behaviour. Equally, they’re likely to be more empathetic and embracing of diversity, and be flexible, curious, creative, and resilient.” No time like the present pandemic to examine this theory, and for Paul, it’s clear people with those skills have been better able to weather this storm: “Emotional intelligence is best learnt through real-life experiences, uplifting ones as much as tough ones. Schools create wonderful opportunities (in and out the classroom) for young people to grow and practice their emotional intelligence development.” Paul doesn’t knock home schooling at all, but feels that ultimately, success requires more than online learning: “For the average family, schools still provide the best conditions for holistic learning and personal development. At home, children don’t get the opportunity to engage in a variety of experiences, opinions, values and ideas. Nor experience some of the curved balls and disappointments life always throws at us. The sooner we learn and practice these »

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skills, the better prepared we’ll be.” Familiar with the term “helicopter parenting”? “For the modern parent who feels very anxious for their child’s future in a constantly changing world, adversity and challenge is often seen as a threat to be avoided at all costs,” says Paul. “The result is a style of parenting which is over-controlling, and doesn’t allow enough experiences for children to learn their own tastes, boundaries and coping skills. This does little for growing curiosity, independence, resilience, creativity and emotional regulation.” Caron agrees, “Hovering hyper-vigilantly over a child, and being reluctant to ensure children take accountability for their actions is prevalent in many communities. Parents place a high emphasis on their children, and going to school can be quite threatening because schools are great levelers – the playing field is level. Here, every child is given the chance to prove him or herself.” She adds, “This might sound quite harsh, but it’s what children are wired to do. They’re wired to rise to the challenge and explore what is within, so they can realise their potential and self-actualise.” A school environment is both a safe place, and a real one. Life can be played out as it would out there in the world, so it’s a rehearsal, a practise ground – a place to shine, to make mistakes and recover from them, to form bonds and shed others, to accept yourself, and, of course, be schooled academically. Caron feels that “Navigating the social milieu and interpreting the behaviour and expressions of others, helps a child form a self-image and,

in turn, relationships. The concept of group membership introduces an even higher order of complexity for a child – how does he or she fit into the group norms, and what characteristics define the group? Just as groups can influence a child’s behaviour, the group’s diversity allows a child to explore new identities and a different status in the hierarchy, such as being the leader, or a friend known to be supportive, or one who can stand up for his/her values.” For Caron, the school’s goal is clear: “To help every child

For the average family, schools still provide the best conditions for holistic learning and personal development discover what is within, and to nurture and develop that gift or talent. So, when the child leaves the school, he or she is imbued with a sense of true worth, based on an inner value entirely irrespective of material attributes, external achievement or social standing.” When it comes to school or home schooling, it’s not about one being right, the other wrong. It’s about making the very best choices for your particular child at a particular time. But it’s also about being armed with all the information to make an informed decision. As Caron adds with a smile, “Who says it’s easy being a parent?”



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anoeing has always been an important part of Janet Simpkins’ life. Introduced to the sport at a school-going age, over the years her passion for paddling naturally led her to take a special interest in the conservation and development of the landscapes and communities that surround South Africa’s rivers. Currently also working part-time for Canoeing South Africa as its National Development Co-ordinator, Janet helps to bring the sport to many South Africans who otherwise would not have access to it. As a mother of three, Janet is also particularly concerned about the world we will be leaving our children. Her journey in water and river conservation started in earnest at the beginning of 2019, when she and two like-minded friends set up Save Our Rivers, an organisation whose aim was to create awareness around the health of our rivers and co-ordinate projects to protect them. Save Our Rivers’ first corporate


sponsor was Johannesburg-based outdoor advertising company, ADreach, whose MD, Brad Fisher, is also a Dusi Canoe Marathon regular. After Brad became severely ill due to the extremely high E. coli count in the Umgeni, ADreach partnered with Save Our Rivers in launching an investigation and collaboration to explore whether it would be possible to make bigger changes along the Dusi-Umgeni river catchment region. As part of the project, Janet was then tasked with managing a pilot cleanup team at the Umgeni River mouth that was fully sponsored by the corporate. The impact of the team was significant, as they made a noticeable difference in the removal of solid waste washed downstream, preventing it and volumes of

Not only do initiatives such as this make a noticeable difference to the landscape and water quality, but they also create much needed employment opportunities plastic from entering the ocean. Following the huge success of the team’s threemonth trial period, ADreach furthered sponsorship for another six months, taking their work up to the end of the Dusi

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once again coming on board as the main corporate sponsor of the Blue Lagoon team, extending their commitment as a corporate to communities, conservation and making a difference. “Adopt-a-River is just one of many organisations working in river conservation, but the difference for me is that now there is a constant presence along the river,” explains Janet. Not only do initiatives such as this make a noticeable difference to the landscape and water quality, but they also create much needed employment opportunities. The members of the current team all come from a settlement upstream and are not only making a living through the initiative, but also being trained and educated in conservancy work through the Umgeni Estuary Conservancy. “I would love to see more corporates adopt teams not only along the Umgeni, but other rivers across the country. There are so many rivers that are crying out for this kind of intervention and by having more teams and eyes and ears on the ground,

issues can be dealt with faster,” says Janet – who is a teacher by profession and taught in primary schools until life got too busy. “I am fortunate to contract on occasion to iSchool Africa – a division of Think Ahead. I get to assist with iPad roll-outs in mainly rural schools and some special needs centres too,” says Janet. Nowadays she finds running an easier, and quicker, exercise option. “I completed Comrades in 2019 and committed to running again this year with my two sisters and brother, before it was cancelled due to Covid. We are hoping to all run together in 2021.” Janet also loves a good book and travelling. “I have been fortunate to meet up with my family, now all living overseas, when they fly me over every couple of years.” But her absolute favourite place is Underberg. “The cleanest river and the greenest landscape, in summer, is so good for the soul.”


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collected and stockpiled bags are moved from the north bank to south bank to facilitate collection. RIGHT: Janet also works with iSchool Africa, an initiative that brings technology to township and rural schools. FAR RIGHT: Emmanuel Dlomo – aka Rasta – is the oldest member of the team.

Canoe Marathon in February 2020. It was at this time too that Janet moved on from the Save Our Rivers organisation to set up her own initiative known as Adopt-a-River. “I am so very grateful for what I learnt during my time with Save Our Rivers,” explains Simpkins, who felt strongly that the information and contacts gathered during her time there could not be put to waste. Adopt-a-River came into being in March this year, with ADreach

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s the whole world found themselves in the midst of a pandemic, schools needed to be agile, flexible and adaptive. St Mary’s committed to continue providing excellence in our teaching and learning programmes through our “School@Home” programme. In 2019 we introduced the Class Dojo App in Junior Primary to connect with parents, to share classroom moments and snippets of their daughter’s school day in the form of photos and videos shared with our families. This innovative decision was the perfect platform to use for our online learning. Videos, worksheets and messages from the class teachers were uploaded daily in addition to email communication and regular WhatsApp calls. During Term 2 there were a total of 2 130 messages sent home on the Class Dojo App, and 3 669 posts shared by our Junior Primary team. We embarked on our online journey with very clear goals; our educational programme could not be compromised, we needed flexibility for our school community as families were juggling multiple roles and operating in their own unique circumstances, and by keeping regular, meaningful contact and staying connected with our families and little girls. “We wanted to ensure that the personal touch was still a priority by delivering our bespoke programme via Dojo each day,”


parents for partnering with us during this time, truly being “Stronger Together”. Grade 3 mom, Mrs Hlengiwe Malevu, says, “As a family, we were able to navigate our way through the School@ Home programme because the app brought the class to our home. The educators went beyond their call of duty to make the best of an unknown and unpredictable situation, being available, at times, even into the evenings, to provide support, update and guidance.” Mrs Samantha Pattrick, with daughters in both Grade 1 and 4, was equally impressed. “St Mary’s exceeded our expectations in the online learning space. We couldn’t have asked for a better home learning experience! However,

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EDUCATION BEING AGILE, FLEXIBLE AND ADAPTIVE ENSURED ST MARY’S DELIVERED – WITH THAT ADDED PERSONAL TOUCH says Mrs Wendy Ross, Head of Junior Primary. “Each class were able to have Zoom calls so that they could ‘see’ one another and still share their news.” Running alongside our educational programme we created a “Shake Off the Lockdown Blues” School Story Page where we posted our weekly Chapel Service, Assembly, Sport and Drama

lessons. There were also many fun-filled activities which included family quizzes, riddles, science experiments, Story Time and baking activities. We are delighted that all grades are currently back at school as you cannot replace personal interaction, whilst running our online programme concurrently. We are enormously grateful to our

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our children were delighted when schools reopened so at last they were able to see their friends and teachers.” FOR MORE INFO 031 764 9855


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raig Charity from Lineage has assisted this fabulous dealership with the set-up of a brand new coffee bar, and it comes with its very own barista – 24-year-old Andile Gcabashe. The lovely Andile is trained by Craig and makes the best cappucino, so don’t miss out – support this talented young lady and enjoy the perfect cup of

coffee along with free Wi-Fi, peace and quiet in luxurious surroundings. What more could you want? The coffee bar is open to members of the public, and a contribution from each cup of coffee will be donated to Meals on Wheels and the Mr Price Foundation. Dealer Principal, Vaughn Marescia, has been involved in Meals on Wheels for over 15 years, and it’s evident that his passion for

this amazing charity lies deep. Feeding over 120 000 people a day nationwide, with a huge drive for community upliftment, Meals on Wheels unquestionably forms part of a bigger picture at FMGH Hillcrest. FOR MORE INFO Mon-Fri 7.30-12.30pm; 39 Old Main Road, St Helier; Watch This Space: Coffee appreciation morning, follow the dealership on Facebook for further details, W FCAHillcrest

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urious children, innovative teachers and involved parents make up a winning formula,” says Angie Richardson, Head of Curro Castle Hillcrest. “Authentic relationships and trust between school and home allow children to flourish,” she continues – adding that they really pride themselves on being a Castle family. “Each child is born with innate potential and we provide a loving, exciting and age-appropriate space for them to explore, discover and develop,” says Angie. “Everyone is unique, but the common thread is that children learn best through play – and play is indeed a child’s work!” Believing that the foundations they lay need to be strong enough to support a lifetime of learning, Angie explains that resilience, confidence, curiosity, communication, creativity, empathy and critical thinking are all best developed through carefully structured play opportunities. “Many moments reinforce why I love being part of our Castle,” says Angie. “Nothing compares to a little one saying ‘That was my best day ever!’ – day after day.” Seeing a child accomplish something that he or she has been striving for and the sheer joy of success is incredibly inspiring for the Castle staff, and children who are new to the school and don’t want to go home after the first



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day is testament to the teachers’ nurturing approach and Curro Castle’s developmentally appropriate curriculum. “Exuberant greetings for teachers and friends, hugs and high fives – there is no better way to start a day at work,” smiles Angie. Recent renovations and fantastic added facilities has given Curro Castle extra space, and each classroom now has a patio with astro turf. “We also have a lovely open playground where children can run freely,” says Angie – adding that they are privileged to have the following dedicated playrooms:

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▪ A cognitive area equipped with blocks, construction toys, books, puzzles, games and musical instruments. ▪ A fantasy area equipped to provide role play opportunities – a must for social and emotional development. ▪ A creative area equipped for creating visual art as well as STEAM’D activities. “Our curriculum has been uniquely designed by a team of nursery school specialists within the Curro group, and is based on best international practice and the latest research available,” says Angie.

“We are also proud to be the gateway into Curro HCA and Curro Hillcrest.” This means your child’s journey can continue all the way through to matric with Curro. “In our eyes each child is designed for greatness, and as a school from the Castle to matric we want to maximise each child’s potential and help them be the best version of their unique self,” says Executive Head of Curro Hillcrest, Paul Guthrie. “Our guiding principle is the philosophy of servant leadership, and at Curro Hillcrest we want to produce well-rounded people who will

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understand their responsibility to family, community and South Africa in a time of our history which calls out servant leaders who will make a difference.” FOR MORE INFO 082 287 9376; 2 Blessing Ninela Road, Hillcrest;;






any moons ago the Upper Highway area consisted of pioneering characters who possessed a strong sense of community. The Field family, after which Fields Hill is now named, farmed where Kloof now lies. Their neighbouring Gillitt family owned a piece of land further west, encompassing the area we now know as Gillitts. Hillcrest was always a sought-after destination, and townsfolk from Durban would catch a train to the hills and spend a weekend enjoying the fresh country air and cooler climate. The quaint railway stations that dot the line to Pietermaritzburg are a testament to that time. As the years passed, the popularity of the area continued to grow as families sent their children to many of the private schools available. With the influx of applicants for schooling, there came a desperate need for housing. From the late 1990s, developers started rolling out gated estates across the Upper Highway area. Most of these estates come at a price that excludes young professionals and first-time home buyers,


TOP: The orginal Emberton manor house had beautiful copper gutters. ABOVE: The beautiful garden, with Clifton Gillitt (front) and Sheila and Tom Halsted. LEFT: The estate’s clubhouse today. however the three-year-old Emberton Estate differs. Located on the original Emberton farm, last farmed by Russell and Barbara Halsted, the estate has managed to keep the farm’s legacy going through its beautiful manor house. Russell has a big green suitcase with a wonderful collection of fascinating historical titbits – such as photos, letters and title deeds. “My mother was a great scribe and she recorded everything growing up,” he says. William Gillitt senior came out from Emberton, Buckinghamshire and settled in Wyebank in 1849 – with his wife, five daughters and William junior. In 1870 William junior bought 500 acres further up the hill and named it Emberton, after his birthplace, building a house on the property. William junior died in 1899, when his son Cliff was only 11, but his mother continued to run the farm until she passed on in 1922. Two years later Cliff

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and his wife Jane took over, and in 1946 Tom Halsted, a printer by trade, married Sheila – the only child of Cliff and Jane. Sheila and Tom took over in 1948. “Over the years each generation that has lived in the manor house has made their own alterations to it,” says Russell – who took over in 1976. “I was born there in 1956, it was a combined dairy farm back in the days. I remember separating the milk and cream in the old stone milk shed and travelling with my grandfather Cliff in an old Chevy bakkie, taking the milk down to Pinetown.” The home was very friendly and always open to all. “Even tramps were given food and clothes while being chatted to by Cliff,” says Russell. Cliff was also a commissioner of oaths and a Zulu linguist, and would often have to interpret legal documents sitting on the veranda. Jane’s 25-acre garden was her pride and joy, and quite a feature admired by passers-by. “She would pick bunches of flowers and leave them in an outside room for people to help themselves,” says Russell – adding that the dining-room was large and during the war years hosted many dances.

ABOVE: Jane Gillitt with her grandson Russell.

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“My parents were married there, and so were my two sisters; Yvonne and Lorraine. “Rainy days were never a problem for us as we could ride bikes in the long passages and on the verandas surrounding the house,” says Russell – who also rode his bike to school every day; Highbury, just up the road. In 2007 the farm was sold to developers and today, in the hands of the Collins Group, the Emberton Estate’s manor house is a wonderful reminder of old times. The pub and restaurant is located in the beautiful large dining-room. The little veranda next to the estate manager’s office faces east, and it was said that the old farmer built this so that he could have his morning tea and watch the sunrise over the port of Durban. The house played a significant role in the history of KZN – particularly during the second Anglo Boer War in 1901, when troops en route to liberate the besieged British soldiers in Ladysmith disembarked at the farm and overnighted in their tents, while the train was replenished with water for the steam engines and produce from the farm. Such was the historical value of the home that the roof trusses were removed during the renovations and are currently housed at the national archive in Pietermaritzburg. The old stone milking sheds on the property were deconstructed and the rocks were then repurposed in the walls that flank the entrance to Emberton Estate. The developers of the estate worked closely with Amafa in restoring the home to its former glory, a testament to Murray Collins’s vision and appreciation for the history of the property. When farming operations ceased it became a golf driving range and mashie course, and was a much-loved venue for local families to enjoy. It continues to serve the community today with one of the best restaurants in Hillcrest, Ray’s Kitchen, operating from the restored house. “Valuing culture and keeping history alive is of huge importance to us,” says Murray Collins. “As property developers we don’t just make way for new, we will always appreciate and retain a legacy – keeping a great sense of community alive.”


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There has been a growing demand for the EB-5 Visa – commonly referred to as the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program – enabling South African nationals to gain lawful US permanent residence, aka the “Green Card”, by means of investment. In order to obtain a Green Card, South Africans are required to invest in a new commercial enterprise, located within an approved regional centre that will benefit the USA economy by creating a substantial number of jobs for American workers. The cherry on the top is that there are significant opportunities available for South African families, allowing your highest aspirations and goals to be achieved. SouthFace Village at

Okemo is a luxury home development in Ludlow, Vermont. The development is near major population centres – New York, Boston, Hartford, Albany, Philadelphia and Montreal – and already Phase 1, boasting 28 luxury residential condominium units, has been completed with 24 units sold. Phase 2 construction of 47 luxury residential units has been allocated towards the EB-5 Investment program over an initial five-year investment loan term, where interest on the investment is paid annually to the investor and at the end of the term, the investor will receive the full principal amount upon receiving their Green Card. SouthFace Village is adjacent to the award-


winning Okemo Mountain Resort. Ted Rossi – the General Partner of SouthFace Village – has 30 years’ experience as a developer, and is committed to developing the highest selling luxury homes at Okemo, combining quality,


family-centric, and eco-friendly luxury in this development. VM Law has been nominated as the South African agent for SouthFace Village EB-5 Investment and will assist you throughout the local process in collaboration with the legal offices of Grant Kaplan based in Florida. We advise interested investors to contact us to evaluate your EB-5 Visa eligibility and address your EB-5 Visa immigration queries. SouthFace Village looks forward to helping you reach your American Dream. Make the right choice for your future.

Dr Moodley, Dr Rajah and Dr Reddy are part of a specialist Orthopaedic Surgeon group practice based at Busamed Hillcrest Private Hospital. WITH OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE PRIVATE HEALTHCARE SECTOR, WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER YOU SPECIALISED AND PERSONAL CARE FOR YOUR ORTHOPAEDIC NEEDS; AS WELL AS EASE OF USE WHEN DEALING WITH MEDICAL AIDS AND BILLING,WITH THE HELP OF OUR FRIENDLY AND EXPERIENCED RECEPTION STAFF. THE SURGICAL TEAM BASED AT HILLCREST IS COMPRISED OF: ▪ Dr Leon Rajah (hand, elbow and shoulder), MBChB FCS (Orth) SA, Upper limb fellowship, Cappagh Hospital, Dublin ▪ Dr Sam Moodley (hip and knee arthroplasty), MBChB FCS (Orth) SA, Fellowship hip and knee surgery, Darby, UK ▪ Dr Praven Reddy (foot and ankle) MBChB, FCS (Orth) SA

All have sub-speciality training as well as a wealth of experience in their respective fields. In addition we can also offer services in the fields of sports medicine and trauma related injuries. During these unprecedented times, our practice is fully compliant with all hospital and Department of Health regulations regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic. We can now also offer consulting on select days outside of the hospital setting at the WaterCrest Wellness Centre at 68 Link Road in Waterfall.

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educe Skincare makes good on its promise to reduce the amount of chemicals and preservatives you put on to your skin and, at the same time, reduce your skin woes. As a result, the natural beauty brand founded by two students with R200 and a dream two years ago, has blossomed into a successful business which is gaining traction in KZN and further afield. “It all started with conversations around how we could work for ourselves,” explain founders Amelia Pattenden and Josh Cannan. “The idea of entrepreneurship came first, and the concept of a skincare line followed.” Amelia suffers from sensitive skin, and as a teenager began experimenting with creating her own creams, cleansers and masks to manage her own problem skin. In time, Josh and Amelia decided to try expanding the collection of products she’d developed over the

years into a viable commercial venture. With Amelia studying towards a B.Com in Financial Management and Josh a B.Com in Computer and Information Sciences and Application Development, they

The Aloe Vera Mousse is a best-seller. It’s such a versatile product which can be used anywhere to soothe and heal, as it penetrates deeply and reduces inflammation had the business know-how and Reduce Skincare was born in their second year. Now both graduates, they are focusing on increasing their product line. “We started with our Aloe Vera Mousse,

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Grapefruit Scrub and Lip Balm and sold to friends, family, market goers at I Heart Market and various pop-ups around the city, while steadily developing more items including serums, oils, masks, a shaving cream and

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an aftershave – and more recently a deodorant putty.” Their products are available from their online store, but they also stock boutique stores and salons. The focus is on plant-based skincare that is free of cruelty, preservatives and chemicals. “We provide quality, affordable and sustainable alternatives to

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traditional skincare and often develop products we wish we could find for ourselves – like the deodorant which I have always wanted and took a year to develop,” explains Amelia. Each product is hand-made

in their dedicated, sterile production space at their home in Durban North. “Because our products are oil based, they are not as susceptible to bacteria growth and changes in colour, texture and scent compared to water-based products. We do huge amounts of testing with ourselves, family and friends and have mentors in the industry who are always so generous with their knowledge and expertise. The Aloe Vera Mousse is a best-seller. “It’s such a versatile product which can be used anywhere to soothe and heal, as it penetrates deeply and reduces inflammation.” They enjoy the challenge of producing a chemical-free and affordable alternative to



Patients who are considered to be under investigation (PUI’s), are required to undergo specific screening at a dedicated tent facility at some of our venues. Some of these patients require basic X-Ray examinations. Lake, Smit & Partners have created a ground-breaking innovative method of examining patients that ensures zero contact between the patient and staff.

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customer satisfaction and the relationships they have built as a result is the best element of their work, and they have many testimonials from people who have seen radical transformations in their skin as a result of using Reduce Skincare. “We’d love to see the business grow into a lifestyle brand with products across skincare, food and accessories that promote the Reduce mindset of sustainability and conscious consumption,” they say. “We aim to share self-love, awareness and positivity with our customers, while offering eco-friendly products that make a difference in people’s lives.”

must-have products like an illuminator, which is Amelia’s current focus. “I’m using mango as a base,” she says. Word of mouth has done its bit for the growth of the business, as customers share their discovery with friends and follow the brand on social media. Having salons use Reduce Skincare products in their treatments has been particularly satisfying for Amelia and Josh, who note that the affordable price point puts people off as they can’t imagine something that’s not expensive doing the job. “It’s so rewarding to have them come back surprised at how well our products work and ready to buy more.” The couple say that this


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auline Randles bought the pharmacy in the Link Hills Lifestyle Centre from her “old boss” Paddy Lewis in 2010. “Patrick and I worked together for over 15 years,” says Pauline. “We had some fun times – things were not so ‘structured’ back then.” Pauline had a few years’ break in a rural pharmacy in Winterton, where she learnt a lot about primary health care. “On my return to the Upper Highway area I was determined to follow my passion and use my skills in preventative health care and counselling,” she says. “I love sharing my knowledge with my customers, and my favourite motto – which is a sign in my dispensary – is ‘laughter is the best medicine’. Of course this does not make me money, but it draws people back to the pharmacy,” she laughs. Pauline has a Department

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of Health Primary Care Drug Therapy licence which enables her, with the valuable clinical skills of her two experienced nurses Sylvia Williams and Cindy Bradley, to examine, diagnose and treat many conditions in line with the essential drug list – such as antibiotics for bladder or ear infections. “Cindy is a wound specialist and Syliva has extensive experience in trigger point massage, reflexology and genetic testing, which identifies our predisposition to inherited illness risks,” says Pauline. “We like to classify ourselves as ‘exceptional’ – not your

BELOW: Pharmacists Pauline and Heather (centre) with sisters Sylvia and Cindy and the rest of the team: Sandy, Nonny, Slie, Mandy, Shelly-Lynn and Thobile with pharmacy student Hloni.


ABOVE: Pauline Randles, owner and pharmacist.

usual pharmacy! We offer free delivery to all the old age homes in the area, which gives families peace of mind that their loved ones are cared for. We take pride in being an A-grade pharmacy and our staff are passionate about prompt service excellence.” “Pauline knows most of her patients by name and even sends me a WhatsApp reminder when my repeat meds are ready. This is a great help in today’s hectic life,” says customer Cheryl van der Merwe. Link Hills Pharmacy has a 24-hour emergency medicine call out service available to the local community. “During this Covid-19 crisis we take

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turns getting to work early to sterilise the store, and we have WHO protocols in place to protect staff and customers,” says Pauline – who after completing her studies did her intern year at Wentworth hospital, then furthered her qualifications studying Psychology and Business Management. She then did her B Pharm Honours in Pharmacology at UDW, the now Nelson Mandela School of Pharmacy.

ABOVE: Pauline (centre) with original owner Paddy Lewis (left) and Robin Lamplough (right) – customer and historian who spent time putting together the story of this community-focused independent pharmacy. LEFT: Patrick and employee June Ross, in 1980. BOTTOM: Pauline with some of the previous staff, in 2000.

When everything around us is changing . . . some things stay the same! HISTORY OF LINK HILLS PHARMACY Link Hills Pharmacy, the village’s first pharmacy, was opened in 1975 by Patrick Lewis. He started in partnership with the owners of Hillcrest Pharmacy, John Birt and Sakkie Steyn. Five years later, Lewis bought out the other partners and became the sole owner of Link Hills Pharmacy. At that time, the pharmacy’s premises were in the Saveway Centre, behind the present Engen garage. In 1985, the business

moved across lnanda Road to the new Waterfall Centre, the forerunner to the present Watercrest Mall. In 1994, Pauline Randles started employment with Patrick as a pharmacist. In 2007, the pharmacy moved back across the road almost to its original position, which is now the new Link Hills Lifestyle Centre, where it is at present. In 2010, Pauline purchased the business from Patrick.

BELOW: A photograph of the Saveway Centre, taken by Waterfall resident Sven Hurvey in 1987. Courtesy of Hazel England, Pinetown Museum.

FOR MORE INFO LOCATION: Link Hills Lifestyle Centre, lnanda Rd, Waterfall (next to Pick n Pay). CONTACT DETAILS: 031 762 1420/9;; OPENING TIMES: 8am-5pm weekdays; 8am-1pm Saturdays; 9am-1pm Sundays and public holidays. AFTER HOURS MEDICATION: Call 073 998 1699 (call-out fee applies). Check out our FB page and website for medical information and specials. WhatsApp questions and orders to 072 825 4025.

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Speaking power to SUGAR


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llovo Sugar SA accounts for around a third of the total sugar industry production in South Africa, making it the largest sugar producer in the country. The industry has

undergone seismic challenges in the past few years, and Illovo’s foresight and ability to diversify, has put it on a solid footing in both the domestic and export market. Illovo has not only diversified its product

and service offering. It’s about empowering and investing in people. Today, Illovo buys 93% of its sugarcane from local independent farmers. Its land redistribution initiative has resulted in the sale of over half its owned land portfolio – 28 000 hectares – to mainly black people. This has facilitated the establishment of 55 black commercial growers. In addition, Illovo works with 3 000 out-growers, 2 258 of which are small scale farmers. Importantly, it has provided these growers and farmers with extensive, hands-on technical, financial and capacity-building support, with the goal of increasing their yield. This strong focus on, and massive support for the livelihoods of rural farmers, their families and local communities, is reflective of Illovo’s commitment to investment in rural economies. Mamongae Mohlare is not only the first

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ever female managing director of Illovo Sugar SA, but the first black female MD to lead a sugar business in the industry. She’s very clear: “We set ourselves the goal of ensuring that everything we do and deliver today will contribute to economic benefits of the rural communities.” Illovo has a long history, embedded in the deep rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal. Illovo Sugar Estate was the forerunner to Illovo Sugar SA, and was founded in the

In order to be sustainable, the industry needs to focus on renewable energyrelated diversification opportunities that will assist in harnessing the full value of sugarcane

little village of Illovo in 1889. From that day to now, a series of mill acquisitions and establishments was followed by a South African first – the first SA company to operate a refinery. In 2004, one of Illovo’s mills, Gledhow, was sold to Ushukela Milling (Pty) Ltd, a black-owned consortium. This was a milestone, and as Mamongae says, “It was through that, that we contributed to the national goal of creating and developing black industrialists, giving them significant shareholding and enterprise control, and impacting on job creation and skills development.” Illovo was formed in 2010, and by 2018, had acquired a Level 1 B-BBEE status. Around one million people or two percent of South Africa’s population depend on the sugar industry for a living, and direct and indirect employment is estimated at 350 000 jobs. The industry is often »

ABOVE: Mamongae Mohlare is the first ever female managing director of Illovo Sugar SA. TOP: Illovo Development Riders – an initiative to develop community talent. LEFT: Inside the sugar mill at Eston.

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referred to as the “invisible economic backbone” of the rural areas in which it operates. It has shoes in infrastructure in areas where cane is grown and processed, and its demand for services and goods supports jobs in towns as well as onfarm. Why is its impact deemed invisible? Because it’s only visible when a mill closes down and cane demand drops. Illovo has a total workforce of 3 500 people. Of that, 25% are female. The executive team consists of 83% black people, 30% females. Transformation is part of the ethos, and it underpins their business model. In recent years, the sugar industry revenue has been severely impacted: “The Health Promotion Levy (Sugar Tax), as well as cheap deep sea sugar imports into South Africa, are having a significantly negative impact on industry revenues, including those generated by Illovo,” says Mamongae. “The sugar levy alone took an estimated 250 000 tons of sugar out of the market, translating to a R1,2-billion revenue loss.” Illovo responded by diversifying, and so remains a strong, viable, profitable business.


We set ourselves the goal of ensuring that everything we do and deliver today will contribute to economic benefits of the rural communities” Its diversified business operations include its downstream businesses in furfural and ethyl alcohol. The opportunities currently being investigated include cogeneration of electricity, production of biofuels,

and production of biogas for electricity production. “Little doubt,” says Mamongae, “in order to be sustainable, the industry needs to focus on renewable energy-related diversification opportunities that will assist in harnessing the full value of sugarcane.” Collaboration and public-private partnerships are considered key to creating prosperity. The handshake between Illovo’s mentorship programme and the SA Government’s Job Fund, is proof of the pudding: “We have been working with the National Treasury on the Jobs Fund initiative which provides capital for a project to develop 3 000 hectares of uncultivated small-scale grower cane land on the KZN South Coast,” explains Mamongae. “It’s an investment of R63-million.” To date, Illovo has invested over R4,2-billion towards supporting small and developing local enterprises. As MD for Illovo Sugar SA, Mamongae Mohlare is convinced, “Our business represents a workable model for the industry. Equally, investment in downstream diversification offers an opportunity to increase black ownership in the sugarcane value chain.”

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• You can freeze leftovers for up to three months.


• Other than the traditional swirl of cream to garnish tomato soup, try these options for extra flavour:


Feta, Parmesan or Pecorino cheese – grated, shaved or crumbed on top;


Chopped herbs – like chives, parsley or dill;

Total time to make: 1 hour / Preparation time: 10 mins / Cooking time: 50 mins

INGREDIENTS: • 2 tbsp extravirgin olive oil • 1 medium onion, chopped • 1⁄2 tsp fine sea salt • 2 tbsp tomato paste • 1 tin whole peeled tomatoes, with liquid • 2 cups vegetable broth

• 1/2 tin kidney beans, rinsed • 2 tbsp cubed unsalted butter • 1 tsp Illovo White Sugar, to taste • freshly ground black pepper, to taste • 10-15 fresh basil leaves (optional) – additional to garnish


METHOD: In a saucepan warm olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and salt, cook until onions are translucent. Add tomato paste, cook for about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and

vegetable broth, increase heat to medium-high, and simmer for 30 minutes. Reduce heat gradually and stir occasionally. Remove pan from heat and leave to cool. Pour mixture into a blender (in batches

if necessary), add beans, butter, sugar, black pepper and basil leaves. Close lid and blend soup until smooth. Serve in bowls with a swirl of cream, decorated with a basil leaf or two, and chunks of your favourite bread.

A garnish with extra bite – sprinkle with cumin or paprika; Lemon, lime or orange zest. Visit our website for more delicious recipes: Illovo Sugar products can be found nationwide.

rock the kitchen*


hen I think of curries, stews, braises, tagines, tray bakes or pot roasts from around the world, I envisage hearty family meals that, for my squad at least, require only some fresh bread and a couple of gallons of good wine. But beyond the end result, let’s talk about the benefits of this style of cooking. Firstly, they’re DUH easy: Onepot dishes really require one thing to be successful – patience. Some simple preparation and you’re halfway there – just remember to keep your protein moist, and don’t burn it like a klutz – just let ’em go, low and slow, for as long as possible and you’re the heavyweight cooking champion of the world with no training whatsoever. Secondly, they’re so versatile you don’t need a recipe. Aim for balance, season correctly and keep it relatively simple, you can’t mess it up (don’t quote me). Classic combinations are classics for a

reason: lamb, red wine and thyme; beef, vegetables and stout; chicken, garlic and lemon; butternut, yoghurt and coriander. Hungry yet? Just add creamy mashed potatoes, dumplings, steaming savoury rice, spicy lentils or even pasta and some greens. Mouth-watering! Thirdly, if you’ve ever wondered what to do with those vegetables or left-overs other than relegate them to the bin, salvation is here! Minimise your waste and crank up the flavour, plus, hide the healthy vegetables that kids think they hate by stealth-cooking them into ridiculously delicious meals. I had a kick-ass chat with my amigo, Durban food legend Shaun Smith. Among other things, Shaun is a celebrity chef, international judge, culinary educationist, chef school principal, restaurateur, food scientist and molecular gastronomist, which frankly overqualifies him for a conversation about what may ostensibly be “stew” – but a couple of hours with Shaun guarantees you lessons in history, geography, science, chemistry, and of course, killing

One Pot




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it in the kitchen. Plus, we played the same grungy music scene in different bands in the early 90s, so let’s say Rock the Kitchen sums Shaun up pretty well. Shaun spoke, I listened carefully as a hailstorm raged outside. If I didn’t feel like getting into the kitchen before, I sure as hell did after we spoke! Here’s some of what he had to say. One-pot dishes aren’t relics of the stuffy domain of snotty French chefs. There are vibrant, seasonal and seriously delicious versions in

of gruel. By using a combination of finely and roughly chopped aromatics, you’ll get a layered, textured result that’s as good to eat as anything else. Finally, consider the balance between base flavours (browned meat, caramelised vegetables), midnotes (carrots, peppers, celery, garlic, ginger) and top notes to lift the dish (bright herbs, vinegars, citrus). So, oxtail. It ain’t everyone’s bag, but I’m going try and convert a few of you out there. Slow cooked, rich and unctuous, it’s a wholeday deal that’ll make you cry happy tears. I swear.

Shaun's Outrageous Oxtail (Serves 4)

every cuisine around the world. There are a couple of golden rules to stick to, for example, meat cooked on the bone is the way to go. Cook it long enough and you’ll not only get soft, tender and moist meat that falls apart, but the flavour is multiplied tenfold. On temperature, pressure cookers can achieve the heat needed to tenderise and develop flavour in far less time, but why rush? Good things take time, and it’s worth every minute. Also, it shouldn’t end in a sloppy bowl

chopped carrot, onion and celery, sauté until soft. Add garlic, herbs, seasoning, tomatoes, sugar, beer/ wine, stock and cover with a lid. Simmer covered in oven on a low heat for 2-3 hours. Add the large diced carrots, onion and celery, simmer covered for another 1-2 hours until meat begins to fall off the bone. Finally, season to taste and serve with buttery mash, green beans and eat in front of a movie you can fall asleep to. Convenient, low-stress cooking doesn’t mean junky food, packet sauces or endless beans on toast. Think ahead, cut yourself a break and get stuck into some crazy-good comfort food. Rock on!



• 1kg oxtail • flour, for dusting • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil • 2 onions, 1 roughly chopped, 1 finely chopped • 3 carrots, 2 roughly chopped, 1 finely chopped • 2 celery stalks, 1 roughly chopped,1 finely chopped • 1 teaspoon minced garlic • 3 teaspoons dried oregano • ½ bunch thyme • 2 rosemary stalks • 2 bay-leaves • 1 teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons black pepper • 2 tomatoes, chopped • 1 teaspoon brown sugar • 330ml beer or white wine • 100ml beef stock Dust oxtail with flour and brown in a small lidded pot in oil. Deglaze the pot with stock, loosening any bits stuck on the bottom. Add finely

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ABOVE: Durban lover of good food, Ant Ellis.




t feels like we are under siege, trying to fight off something we can’t even see. Thankfully, that is exactly what our immune systems are designed for. Every day, they defend us against thousands of invisible enemies that threaten our health. There is evidence that nutrition and other lifestyle measures influence immune strength and susceptibility to infectious diseases, but whether these stand up to Covid-19 is not yet known. However, why not give your best defender a fighting chance and start supporting it.

Immune System



Keep Your Immune System Healthy


According to the Harvard School of Medicine, Your first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take towards naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body – including your immune system – functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these: ▪ Don’t smoke. ▪ Get adequate sleep. ▪ Do regular exercise. ▪ Manage stress through meditation, music, yoga or prayer. ▪ Eat a diet low in fat and rich in fruit and vegetables. ▪ Maintain a healthy body weight. ▪ Drink alcohol in moderation. ▪ Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently, wearing a mask and cooking meats thoroughly.


Every part of your body – including your immune system – functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living

Immune *Boosting Foods In addition to ensuring you have a healthy gut microbiome, it is advised to include the following nutrient-dense foods in your diet. Vitamin C rich foods: These include citrus fruits, red bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, papaya and kiwi. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infection. Garlic: Its immune boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin. Garlic is thought to be anti-viral, anti-bacterial

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 Mushrooms: Medicinal mushrooms have been used for thousands of years. They are prebiotic, boosting the microbiome’s beneficial bacteria. Research shows that certain varieties – such as Reishi, Lions Mane, Shiitake and Turkey Tail – are potent sources of antioxidants such as ergothioneine and gluthathione, protecting cells from free radicals. In additional they are a nutritional powerhouse, providing a great source of Vitamin D, essential for a strong immune system. Should you not be able to source them, these are available as a supplement. The Real Thing Medicinal Mushrooms, R249.

Viral Combat Top Picks


 Red Marine Algae: Gigartina is a plentiful source of protein, vitamins, trace minerals, and fibre. Many species of marine algae – including gigartina – contain significant quantities of complex structural sulfated polysaccharides which have been shown to inhibit certain viruses. Vibrant Health Gigartina Red Marine Algae, R735.  Devine Elixir: Divine Elixir is a super juice which has been developed to help the body heal itself. Daily intake of Divine Elixir will bring your body back to a state of alkalinity and remove the pathogens from your body as the combination of natural plants move through your system and do their work. Contains Chaga Mushrooms, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, lemon, apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, sea salt and highly charged water. R172,50.  Zinkies Lozenges: Zinc is known to have a major influence on the development and integrity of host defences against infection. The barrier functions of the skin and pulmonary and gastrointestinal tract are diminished by zinc deficiency. In addition, all the major components of the immune system suffer as well. Zinc is used to help with a sore throat, is an immune booster, and can assist with a runny nose and hayfever. R56.  Metagenics ImmuCore: ImmuCore® is designed to provide a multiple mechanistic approach to support immune system health. This formula features Ultra Potent-C®, developed for enhanced cellular uptake of Vitamin C, combined with zinc, selenium, Vitamin D, and a concentrated blend of mushroom extracts. R425.

and anti-inflammatory. Ginger: Popular for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Vitamin E rich foods: This powerful antioxidant is found in foods like almonds, avocado and sunflower seeds. Selenium rich foods: Thought to combat viral infections, selenium is found in foods like almonds and Brazil nuts. Turmeric: Has high concentrations of curcumin, which is thought to be anti-viral. Green tea: Contains powerful antioxidants and is also a good source of the amino acid, L-theanine. It may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds.

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he classic-meets-contemporary feel of this Hillcrest house is a signature of interior designer Taryn Flanagan of Taryn Flanagan Interiors and exactly what the owners were looking for when they brought her in to refresh their home. “I love working with existing pieces that have a sense of history and reflect the personality of the people who live in a house,” says Taryn. “Often all that’s needed is a lick of paint, new upholstery or a bit of sanding to give items that may have been looking a bit dated a new lease on life.” In this case, the great bones of the home and the special items it was filled with gave her a good

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foundation to work from. Armoires have been painted in a rich teal and deep charcoal transforming them into focal points, and new handles gave a chest of drawers a fresh appeal. Colourful stained-glass windows inspired pops of colour throughout the home, and Taryn made clever substitutions like replacing a single dated coffee table with a grouping of side tables adding unexpected,

The garden is very green and manicured with an abundance of iceberg roses so linking the interior spaces with the outdoors was essential” modern details to the heritage setting. “The family is still building up their collection of art, so wallpaper is a great way to bring life to your walls without spending a fortune,” she notes of the way she’s added grass cloth and patterned papers. “It’s a simple, effective way to create character and can be easily changed.” The owners have two children – aged 10 and six – »

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so making sure the space is as practical as it is pretty was an important element of the brief. To get this balance right, Taryn chose durable fabrics, rugs that are easy to maintain and added plenty of storage to disguise clutter quickly and effectively. Texture abounds with hides layered over jute rugs, cushions with patterns placed against chunky throws and plenty of wicker, leather and raw timber throughout the house. “The garden is very green and manicured with an abundance of iceberg roses, so linking the interior spaces with the outdoors was essential,” Taryn notes. “We’ve brought the outdoors in with plenty of indoor plants and botanical motifs, as well as the stacking doors which allow the house to open up completely.” On the veranda, the pale palette is a nod to the roses. To keep it from feeling bland, though, she’s added a statement pendant light and patterned scatters. Each child’s bedroom had to reflect their personality too, and Taryn has made them both bright, fun and versatile enough to grow with them. In the little girl’s room, an overblown

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rose wallpaper and pink velvet headboard will look just as good when she’s a teenager, and in the younger son’s room, a geometric wallpaper is offset by a set of stuffed animal heads which can easily be updated for a more sophisticated look later on. In the main bedroom, a simple ottoman was transformed with a set of leather straps that are a nod to the horse motifs that run throughout the house. Layers of textured linen, a deep buttoned headboard and a subtly patterned rug add interest to the tranquil, neutral colour scheme ensuring this room is a retreat. In the guest room a traditional leather headboard and freestanding wardrobe are offset by a bold floral armchair. Although there are several heirloom pieces in the house, and the architecture is classic, it’s the combination with modern elements like painted brickwork, black interior doors, framed monchrome prints and vibrant fabrics and wallpapers that ensure the house is ideally suited to the young family that calls it home. FOR MORE INFO




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was in the corporate world for almost a decade, but always dreamt of being involved in fashion and using my creative side more,” says Upper Highway’s Hayley van der Linde – who bravely bought an online clothing boutique in February this year. “Catwalk Couture was created in March 2018 by a friend, and when she decided to sell her business I jumped at the chance.” Catwalk Couture stock exclusive clothing that will help you stand out from the crowd. “We rarely restock the same item twice, and we offer a huge range of clothing, from beachwear to formal wear,” says Hayley – adding that everything is of top quality. Priding themselves in offering the best service, they feature classy and modern fashion for the economical fashionista – with inspiration directly from the latest catwalk trends. “We only bring in a couple of units for each style, the idea is that we sell out fast and replace it with something brand new. This means you will have the peace of mind that what you are wearing will



RIGHT: From left, Allure Plunging Neck Mesh-Overlay Maxi Dress, R799; Amore Sequin Bodice Crisscross Backless Mesh Dress, R949; Plunging Neckline Dutchess Satin Dress, R1 299.


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be uniquely you,” says Hayley. “Our recent collection is 100% local, including our bags and shoes. It’s so important to me to promote local and help empower other women in business.” Although admitting it has all been a bit of a rollercoaster due to Covid-19, Hayley is positive. “With the way the world is going, online shopping has really grown and can »

ABOVE: Geometric Print Tube Bodycon Dress, R549; Arabella Split Thigh Backless Sequin Mesh Dress, R1 499. TOP RIGHT: Dusty Pink Diamante Plush Jersey, R399. RIGHT: Black Diamante Plush Jersey, R399.

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only continue to do so,” she smiles. Stocking items from size SS to XXL, the nationwide courier fee is only R99. “We also have a showroom in Kloof, where clients can come and try on garments – ensuring the utmost exclusive shopping experience,” adds Hayley. “In addition to following all the sanitising procedures, we steam clean all garments after they have been tried on. “There is nothing more satisfactory than helping someone find that perfect outfit for a special occasion,” says Hayley. “I know how difficult it can be, there are not a lot of options out there.” Catwalk Couture also employ a seamstress who can tailor make a dress for you – anything from matric dance to bridesmaid dresses. “We can also do alterations on items that need a little nip or RIGHT: Catwalk Winter Lapel Melton Coat, R899. BELOW: Hayley of Catwalk Couture offers fantastic customer service; if you can’t find an item in your size – please email to order.

tuck,” laughs Hayley. “Fashion is a way of selfexpression. I love helping my customers finding something that enhances their unique body shape and skin tone,” says Hayley.


FOR MORE INFO Hayley 082 301 0550;;; W catwalkcoutureZA;


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till on top when it comes to value for money within the property market, the Upper Highway area is increasingly popular and continues to attract buyers. One of the main reasons for this is our large selection of excellent schools. The renowned well-established schools, along with the emergence of fantastic new schools in Hillcrest and Waterfall over the recent years, make for an incredible range to suit a variety of families. Other reasons people choose to buy in this area include the strong retiree market, the outdoor lifestyle, the availability of apartment-style living and the availability of stock – the latter key for any growing market.


ABOVE: Father and daughter selling team, Dave and Sam Jones. Slow price increases and high demand for affordable property has led to a market that is becoming overstocked. Pricing will be a critical factor for sellers to attract interest, and for any property that is on the market for over four months – the need for price adjustment will be essential. “John Loos anticipates a price increase of 3,8% as an average, but in our experience, this will apply largely to properties below two million. Properties over this price might on the short term grow at a slower level,” says Dave. “It’s critical for sellers to be informed of the stock levels in their particular price segment, as well as the pace of monthly

sales in that particular price range and property type.” The building of affordable apartments – such as Kings Gate, Emberton Mews, Cotswold Fenns and The Woods – has seen a new emerging non-traditional market for the area dramatically changing buying patterns and competing with traditional stock. Dispelling the myth that only townhouses are popular, Dave says the top price segments with regards to sales are new apartments between R1,5- and R2-million followed by apartments under R2-million. Freestanding houses between R1,5- and R2-million is next, followed by existing townhouses between R1- and R1,5-million. The slowest selling price segments prove to be land over R1-million – due to high building costs and the availability of already made stock – and freestanding houses over R4-million. There are several reasons people are selling – such as emigration or relocating within South Africa, and change in family structure. The biggest reason, however, is without doubt downscaling due to financial pressure. This again puts the Upper Highway area in a fantastic spot, with a number of newer more affordable developments on the go – such as the trendy 40 on Assagay. “Modern and secure with lower levies, being 90% off the grid and offering huge savings on transfer duty, five of the 11 sites have been reserved after just 14 days of marketing,” says Dave – adding that all sales made before the end of August receive an uninterrupted power supply system worth R70 000. “Interested parties are encouraged to physically come to the site as all platforms are now cut and you can get a great idea of what’s on offer by seeing it for yourself.”


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rancoise left France for South Africa 33 years ago. And yes, it was for love. “I met Lawrence in 1987, while waiting for a taxi in London,” she smiles. “And that’s how it all started.” In 1998 Francoise and renowned conservationist Lawrence Anthony bought a rundown 1 500 hectare hunting game reserve in Zululand. “Lawrence had the vision of a large conservation area, and Thula Thula was going to be the first step,” says Francoise. “We welcomed our famous herd of seven elephants in 1999 – and today we have 29!” Hunting has not been permitted for the past 22 years, and the Thula Thula wildlife population has grown beautifully – as well as the land. “We have increased to 4 500 hectares and are planning to expand further soon,” says Francoise – adding there are plenty of other beautiful creatures at Thula Thula, including rhino, hippo, buffalo and giraffe. Francoise was thrown into the deep end when Lawrence passed away in 2012. “I was totally unprepared for my new responsibilities in conservation. A woman, a blonde and a foreigner … no one believed I was going to make it,” she laughs. “I realised how much I had to learn. Although I had been in the bush for 14 years,


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I had been dealing mainly with the admin, marketing and the running of both our lodges.” But Francoise grabbed the challenge headfirst, and was also inspired to create the Volunteers Academy – a centre aiming to educate on the subject of nature and wildlife conservation. The NPO opened in July 2018 and is a huge success. “Education

THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER Lawrence Anthony took in a herd of wild elephants and communicated with the matriarch through the tone of his voice and body language. In time he came to be known as the elephant whisperer, and his wonderfully written book The Elephant Whisperer (2009) is a true reflection of his ability to be one of the pachyderms. Francoise’s recent book An Elephant In My Kitchen (2018) is equally inspiring.

LEFT: The renowned Thula Thula elephant herd.

ABOVE: Lawrence and Francoise.

BELOW: Shaka the elephant and Thabo the rhino.

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is key to conservation, and we need to inspire future generations to raise awareness on environmental issues and the necessity to protect endangered species,” says Francoise. With the elephants visiting Francoise at the main house after Lawrence passed away, she sensed the importance of the need to carry on. “It was as if they were trying to tell me something. And it was a powerful message: I was not alone, I had a family to look after, I had a responsibility that I could not give up,” says Francoise. “The legacy was now in my hands, and this gave me direction and purpose.” The elephants’ presence and returning visits encouraged Francoise to lead the Thula Thula team to where they are now, despite all storms, conflicts and numerous challenges. “There is never a dull moment, always something unexpected happening,” says Francoise. “But I am blessed to be working with a wonderful team who have been with me for many years and share my passion and vision for Thula Thula and its »



ABOVE: The fantastic Thula Thula staff.

LEFT: Baby hippo Jo was born last

month – to parents Romeo and Juliette.

conservation projects.” The expansion of Thula Thula, with some private and some community land for elephant habitat, is one of the most exciting projects currently on the go. “We have almost reached our maximum capacity in terms of habitat for our special elephant family, and had to implement a reversible male elephant contraception programme a few years ago to allow controlled breeding,” explains Francoise. “With this expansion, our special herd will be able to enjoy much-needed bigger space and renewed happy family life with new births.” The development will also improve employment and education in the local communities involved – with more land to protect and manage. “Twenty kilometres of new fencing,


essential access roads, extra security, guards training and equipment, land management, removing nonindigenous plants and trees … the list is endless,” says Francoise. The introduction of a new endangered species is also on the cards – still confidential at this stage, but to be revealed soon. “We are also planning to introduce more rhinos to increase our rhino population,” says Francoise. After the reserve’s last rhino, Heidi, was slaughtered for her horn in 2009, Thula Thula adopted two baby orphans called Thabo and Ntombi – and hand-reared them until they were 18 months old. “They were then released into the reserve under 24/7 surveillance by armed guards. In 2013 their horns were infused with a special dye to further protect them, and in 2016 we were forced to take the drastic measure of removing their horns,” says Francoise. In 2017 satellite and GPS tracking collars were also fitted on the rhinos. “Despite the tragedy of our rhino orphanage in February 2017, where two of our orphan rhinos, Impi and Gugu, were slaughtered by poachers

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for their horns, we decided not to give up on our actions to save more rhinos,” says Francoise. “In May last year we acquired two female rhinos, mother and daughter Mona and Lisa, with the vision of creating a growing rhino family at Thula Thula. Sadly, Lisa passed away in January of a viral infection. But in March we had the most amazing surprise when Mona gave birth to a baby girl,” beams Francoise. “We named her Sissi, short for Busisiwe in Zulu, which means blessing.” With a woman like Francoise at the

I have learnt that adversity and tragedy has got a way to open doors to new roads of hope and opportunities, and that the most important thing when faced with difficulty is the way we respond to it” – Francoise Malby-Anthony helm, the fighting spirit of Lawrence and Thula Thula will never cease. “I have learnt that adversity and tragedy has a way of opening doors to new roads of hope and opportunities, and that the most important thing when faced with difficulty is the way we respond to it,” says Francoise.


FOR MORE INFO Thula Thula has created a fun and extremely popular adoption programme to assist with fundraising for their conservation projects. Email info@ or visit www.thulathula. com for more information.




steoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative joint disease that worsens over time and mostly affects senior pets, but can sometimes be present in younger dogs as well. During colder months, the clinical signs of this disease are more severe and as pet owners we should know the signs to look out for in our animals: ▪ Reluctance to move, especially in the morning when they wake up. ▪ Walking with a limp. ▪ Resist activities they used to enjoy, like going for a walk. ▪ Yelp when a certain joint is touched. ▪ Show a change in behaviour. Managing this disease is multifactorial. Your vet will do a full examination, start a pain

control regime, and discuss various treatment options based on the joints affected and severity of the arthritis. Never give a pet any human medication – only what your vet prescribes. It has been proven that joint supplements both greatly reduce inflammation in the joints, and the need for medication. Look out for a supplement that contains chondroitin, glucosamine and green lipped mussel extract. Glucosamine is effective in reducing pain and joint inflammation, while chondroitin has a synergistic effect with glucosamine and aids in cartilage repair. Green lipped mussel extract (GLM) contains high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids that helps reduce joint inflammation, and there is evidence that GLM reinforces

the activity of some antiinflammatories, and markedly reduces gastric ulceration associated with their use. Besides feeding a joint friendly diet, you can provide padded bedding, consider acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physiotherapy and low impact, short interval exercise to keep your pet comfortable and pain free. With the right approach your pet can still lead a long, happy life.

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hat are you doing?” said my partner as I reached for the wine. “We’re going to look at paint swatches now.” “What am I doing?” I replied somberly. “I’m looking after my health.” She made a sound she sometimes makes when talking to me – like a lawnmower being pushed across a lawn when it unexpectedly encounters a pebble. “What?” I said. “Do you think I’m looking forward to this large tumbler of chilled, white wine? No, no – this is medicine.” I slugged it down virtuously, a soldier doing his duty. It was my partner’s fault – she’s always bringing home dietary books and telling me to eat better so I can live longer, as though “longer” means the same as “better”, and using long scientific words no one understands, like “cholesterol” or “marzipan”. Mainly I just nod patiently and promise to stop squeezing tubes of Nutella into my mouth pretending it’s toothpaste. But then one day, during half-time in the rugby, I picked up one of her books and starting flicking through it. Well! What a revelation! It was a book called The Blue Zones – Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest, and it’s about those various places around the world where people all live into their 90s and more. “Well!” I said, turning the pages. “Well, well! Interesting!”


“What?” said my partner suspiciously. “On the Greek island of Ikaria – which has the highest percentage of people in the world over the age of 100 – residents all drink two glasses of wine with lunch. Fancy that!”

All these newfangled ideas like calories or carbohydrates are just fads. It’s not what we eat that hurts us – it’s worrying about it She snatched up the book and scowled at the page, where I’d helpfully circled the relevant information with a ballpoint pen. It made perfect sense to me. The oldest person in the world is never some

marathon-running teetotaler – it’s always some old French lady who smokes cigars, takes shots of brandy with her breakfast and sexually molests any young man within arm’s length. I wondered if I should start smoking cigars. “This doesn’t seem right,” she muttered. “Don’t be a science-denier,” I said. “In the next chapter it says they all take a nap every afternoon to lower their blood pressure and boost their immune systems. Gosh, I wish I’d become interested in health a long time ago!” “Maybe you’re not reading the book right,” she said. “Sorry,” I replied. “I’d like to stay and argue, but I have to finish my second glass of wine then take my siesta.” “But the paint swatches.” “Well, I hate to miss them, but health comes first.” The old-timers have it right, I reflected, stretching out happily on my bed. All these newfangled ideas like calories or carbohydrates are just fads. It’s not what we eat that hurts us – it’s worrying about it. From now on life is going to be both long and happy. But there are good times to take a nap, and times when it’s a bad idea because it gives your partner the opportunity to read the medical evidence for herself. When I strolled through later she was jangling the car keys. “Ah, you’re up!” she said. “Let’s go.” “Go where? The paint shop’s closed.” “To visit your family,” she said. “In the book it says another thing all those places have in common is very strong family bonds.” “Wait a minute … ” “Every day they spend time with members of their near and extended family.” “I didn’t read that … ” “Every single day. It’s what the book says.” It’s good when a household can agree on a health regime. In mine, we have agreed to donate The Blue Zones to our local charity bookshop.

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