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DEC-JAN 2021 ISSUE 98

HAPPY HOLIDAYS Time to relax and make memories

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t’s hard to believe that Christmas is here again, but comforting to know that we made it through a turbulent yet thoughtprovoking year. What we’ve learnt, among a whole lot of other things, is to be adaptable and resilient – qualities we forget to cherish and nurture when routine simply swallows us up. 2020 certainly threw us all out of routine, but although it was tough, it also increased awareness around the importance of living in the now, having renewed gratitude for things usually taken for granted, and appreciating togetherness – both in our immediate families and close communities. Let’s be conscious of not letting the pandemic struggle

becoming our identity, and let’s be positive and excited about 2021 – whatever it may bring. Our festive issue is always lots of fun putting together, and this year was no exception. There’s food, food… and more food. Enjoy, and use our selection of

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mouth-watering recipes to help you celebrate that all-important togetherness with those you love. Extend the love into creative gifting (page 20), which – with that added personal touch – centres around how much thought goes into the gift while also inspiring memory-making. The wonderful experiences in Trending (page 44), along with local gems for the whole family to explore in Take Note (page 4), will also contribute to fun, happy holidays. We’re also sharing the love and spreading festive spirit with our amazing Gift Guide, it’s full of ideas and giveaways for the young, the old and the four-legged. Pamper each other, spend time outdoors, eat and be merry! And if you need something else to do on top of that, change a few things around in your home for a fresh facelift that doesn’t break the bank – take a look at useful tips in our decor feature on page 46. Thank you for journeying through this year with The Crest magazine – for your continuous encouragement, support and loyalty. We can’t wait to share more stories with you in 2021!

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Situated on 60 hectares of scenic valley bushveld and just half an hour’s drive inland you’ll find the mesmerising African Bird of Prey Sanctuary. This community conservation facility opened its doors in 2006 and is a safe haven to a wide selection of South Africa’s indigenous raptors. Visitors can experience these magnificent aerial predators in flying displays that take place from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.30am. The demonstrations allow the raptors themselves to become both teachers and ambassadors for their wild counterparts, so we can experience these normally rare and elusive birds first-hand. Behind the scenes is Raptor Rescue, an

onsite hospital dedicated specifically to treat sick, injured or orphaned birds of prey from throughout KZN. The sanctuary is also home to the only captive Bearded vultures in the southern hemisphere, and part of a breeding programme to save this critically endangered species from extinction. It is estimated that only 400 of these magnificent birds remain, living high up in our Maloti-Drakensberg mountains that separate

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Rocky van Rensburg runs a biological farming system at Three Little Pigs farm in Curry’s Post, which practises mixed rotational grazing. That means all animals pass through all the paddocks at some time. Sheep, chickens, pigs and cattle are all on the ground, never inside. “We also don’t use any chemicals to control weeds or pests. This means our animals produce far more natural meat with much higher vitamin, mineral and good fats content than any commercial meat,” explains Rocky’s son Allan – who runs the Midlands Food Market store in Hillcrest. “My mom, Charmaine, prepares our Romesco olives, olive oils, tapenades and pestos – all with local ingredients, and the range is hand processed and packed by an all-lady crew,” adds Allan, explaining that Real Meat Co changed their name to Midlands Food Market to show that they weren’t exclusively a butchery anymore, but now offer a wider variety of products. The Farmyard Cafe is run by 1000 Hills Chef School trained Mienke Labuschagne – famous for her made-from-scratch pies and scones. The coffee is great too, so this is a place to sit down to have a conversation with the staff or catch up with a friend, before you tackle your weekly deli shopping. “We are a full service butchery and will cut, roll, debone and marinate as you need. Kyle Eksteen, our manager, is an experienced cook and can recommend roast sizes and cooking styles and flavours,” says Allan.

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the border between Lesotho and South Africa. Breeding just once a year in winter, the elusive pairs lay two eggs, but only raise one chick. The challenging aim of the project is to harvest 20 to 30 second eggs from the cliff-face nests to hatch and raise at the sanctuary. This breeding group will form a genetic reserve, and their progeny will be released back into the wild to supplement the dwindling population. The sanctuary’s tranquil, park-like environment is ideal for family visits, and there’s also a coffee shop, playground and bunny enclosure. Adults R70, kids R40, pensioners R60. Open Tues-Sun 8.30am – 4pm, and vulture feeding takes place on weekends and public holidays at 12.30pm.

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GET INVOLVED UBUNTU - So Much More Than Coffee You’ll have to look hard to find someone as passionate and dynamic as Lungile Manyathi. The bubbly business development manager has been with HACT (Hillcrest AIDS Centre

Trust) for four years. “As a NPO, looking at ways to become more sustainable is always on the cards,” she smiles. The Ubuntu Ground Cafe is a social enterprise to generate income, but also a space to learn a skill. “Ubuntu is humanity in the sense that

‘my actions have an impact on others’,” explains Lungi. “Be part of this wonderful ripple effect, because when you walk in here you are immediately supporting others – every sip and bite is making a difference in someone’s life.” With delicious cakes along with skilled baristas trained by Lineage’s Craig Charity, you can’t go wrong. A small playground and baby change room caters for moms looking to catch up while tots play. The Woza Moya centre also has a plant nursery, a shop perfect for Christmas shopping and a second-hand book store. Although the Ubuntu trainee programme has run out of

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funding, business still continues with core staff in place. Upskilling further is however a big wish, so if you can help in any way, please contact Lungi on hactbiz@hillaids.org.za. You could be helping youngsters such as Khanyo Shange (pictured) – one of the trainees who after 12 months has just graduated from the Barista and Hospitality Internship programme. She says, “Sitting at home for a year with no hope of finding work almost broke my spirit. Joining the Ubuntu team has given me hope and confidence.” FOR MORE INFO: 26 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, www.hillaids.org.za; W @UbuntuGroundCafe

and plan each shot meticulously. We love telling raw stories through our filming, but adding our flavour of artistic creativity,” says Eugene. Jess bakes banana bread, brownies and a low carb cheese cake for Velvet’s customers, and the couple is looking to add San Francisco style street food in due time, but want to remain focused on serving great coffee. “We’re obsessively critical on our shots of liquid gold. Zero critical of anyone who walks in. Even more interested in the lifechanging moments that happen with a coffee in your hand,” says Eugene – adding that the name Velvet describes their ultimate experience of coffee, and that using high value beans, not roasting so dark, and supporting fair trade is key. Pop in for an amazing taste experience!

At Velvet Coffee Co, a brand new, welcoming little space created by Jess and Eugene Coetzer, you’ll find excellent coffee – along with great conversation and Wi-Fi. The pair met in a Potchefstroom coffee shop just over three years ago, and that’s where their journey started. “Literally love at first site. We are both obsessively crazy about coffee, so coffee definitely played a role,” smiles Eugene. Eugene was born in Pretoria, while Jess grew up in Colorado, America. A singer songwriter for Monark, Eugene is also a contract researcher for UKZN – with a PhD in Ancient Literature. Together the couple own Reel Emotiv, a motion picture and stills company. “Emotion is everything. The way we shoot and edit shows just that. We obsess over cinematography

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Julie de Robillard started Puppy Ciao during lockdown. “My husband and I had been chatting about the convenience of pet food delivery, and what better time to get your pet food delivered than during lockdown,” she says – focusing on the Dogsense range, developed and manufactured right here in South Africa. Julie had great response from day one, and quickly saw that there was a need to expand her offering to more than just dog food. This is when the online store was launched, stocking a bigger range of food, treats, pet care products, collars, leads and harnesses, and more. FOR MORE INFO: www.puppyciao.co.za; W puppyciao031

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It is time to consider your future! Phase Two at Vian Village in Winston Park will become a reality in the new year. To complement the established and successful Assisted Living facility on-site (Phase One), Phase Two introduces four Life Right Cottages for independent living with assistance when needed. Pre-sales of the four one-bedroom units will begin early next year. Each unit includes a hobby room, enclosed garage, lounge, dining room and patio.

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“Essentially we are a plant nursery selling seedlings, succulents and other indigenous plants,” says owner Nikki Phillips. “We also have a fully stocked garden shop – with among other things lawnmowers and brush cutters for sale.” The newly opened Wild and Raw coffee shop is buzzing with great coffee, milkshakes, smoothies and sweet and savoury treats. “Our main aim is to target families with kids, and we love animals – dogs are most welcome,”

says Nikki. “Fun activities for the kids to do here include ornament painting, a scratch patch and sand pit, building fairy and fantasy gardens, and a small race track – which is being converting into a go cart track,” says Nikki, adding that “we also have a special place in our hearts for the older generation, who love spending time in our garden.” There will be kids workshops during December, so watch this space and follow the Wild and Raw Facebook page for further details. FOR MORE INFO: 1 Gardens Rd, Hillcrest; 031 785 9195; W@thewildandrawgarden

THE PARLOTONES December 18: Join the multiaward winning Parlotones as they take you on a musical journey, embracing a larger than life sound rich with favourites from the band’s award laden catalogue right up to and including their recent SAMA nominated album China. Tickets: R220 each.

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INGREDIENTS  12 medium asparagus  1/2 a cup artichoke hearts  1 cup Panko crumbs  goat’s cheese (Ray uses Belnori balls)  1 bag mixed baby leaves  2 eggs, beaten and seasoned  sunflower oil for frying ARTICHOKE MARINADE  1 bunch/handful Italian parsley, chopped  1 clove garlic, finely chopped  2 tsp olive oil  pinch salt and pepper  splash white wine vinegar  1/4 tsp pickled oregano DRESSING

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 40ml lime juice  40ml white wine vinegar  250ml light olive oil  pinch salt and pepper  1 tsp honey (runny)  1 tsp smooth Dijon mustard

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his year has without doubt highlighted the importance of family, children and community. With the festive season upon us, we’re all conjuring up magical menus which celebrate

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summer, togetherness and our South African lifestyle. Ray’s summer salad – Panko crusted asparagus, marinated artichoke and herby goat’s cheese on baby leaves with a lime vinaigrette – serves two and is fresh, seasonal and extravagant. Enjoy!

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METHOD  Drench the asparagus in flour, dip in egg wash, roll in Panko and shallow fry in sunflower oil until golden. Set aside.  Drain artichoke hearts and halve. Add to a bowl, gently mix in parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, vinegar and oregano.  For the lime dressing, whisk the mustard and honey into the vinegar and lime juice, and slowly add the olive oil whisking with vigour to emulsify. Season with salt and pepper.  Build the salad by gently layering leaves into the middle of the bowl. Place the artichokes and goat’s cheese on the leaves, and dress with the dressing. Finish with the crunchy asparagus and a crack of fresh black pepper. FOR MORE INFO www.rayskitchen.co.za

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balances first. Short term personal loans and credit cards would normally be the most expensive debt.  Draw up a monthly budget showing your net income (plus that of your partner/ spouse, where appropriate) as well as all your fixed monthly commitments. Budget for the discretionary items like entertainment and leisure activities too. Keep a record of your actual expenditure and keep it in line with your budget.  Re-look all your expenses and cut out any unnecessary fat. Shop the market to ensure you are getting the best deal

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price of all your assets less the settlement value of all your liabilities. This number is very important, as it’s the number that will need to sustain you and your family when you one day retire. A good idea would be to set yourself a goal for your net asset value and every year measure this value to see if it’s growing in line with your goal.  If you are a registered tax payer, ensure you engage the services of a competent tax practitioner to legally claim all the allowable deductions on your annual taxes. Any tax refunds would be most useful for those who have had a tough 2020.

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LET’S CELEBRATE! EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY – WHETHER YOU’RE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS WITH FAMILY OR ENTERTAINING FRIENDS AROUND THE POOL THESE HOLIDAYS, HERE’S A FEAST OF FOOD PACKED FULL OF VARIETY, SIMPLICITY, FLAVOUR AND CREATIVITY

t’s the most wonderful time of the year – fun, festivities, holidays, family and friends. And let’s face it, more so than any other year, this festive season is meaningful, momentous and will be about making magnificent memories. We made it! Let’s celebrate this holiday season with the people we love most, sweating our butts off in the kitchen and eating ourselves into glorious, hallucinatory comas. Enjoy!

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 PHILLIDA’S KICK-ASS PORTUGUESE MUSSELS VINAIGRETTE Light, bright and perfect for a sweltering Durban day. For best results, wash down with enormous, ice-cold beer shandies. WHAT YOU NEED: 24-30 medium mussels * 1/2 cup olive oil * 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar * 1 tsp capers, chopped * 1 Tbsp onion, minced * 1 Tbsp pimento or red pepper, minced * 1 Tbsp flat leaf parsley, minced * salt and pepper * 1 thick slice lemon  TO MAKE: In a bowl whisk together oil and vinegar. Add capers, onion, pimento, parsley, salt and pepper. Leave aside to combine flavours well. Pour about a cup of water into a large frying pan, add lemon slice. When hot, but not boiling, add mussels and bring to the boil. Remove and cool. When cool, remove the mussel meat from the shells and mix into vinaigrette. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Clean mussel shells and place in a bag in fridge overnight. To serve, return the mussel meat to the shells and pour over a little vinaigrette, making sure each mussel gets some of the minced onion mix. Serve at room temperature with crusty bread – essential for soaking up remaining dressing.

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 APPLE AND FENNEL SALAD WITH BLUE CHEESE, CANDIED NUTS AND RANCH DRESSING This is one of my versions of a salad we loved in New York City. Crisp, fresh and summery, it’s a winner every time. Ranch is a USA staple, and this cheat’s recipe comes close to the real thing that’s usually made with buttermilk.


WHAT YOU NEED: Salad: 2 apples, cored and sliced thin * 1/2 a red onion, sliced thin * 1 fennel bulb, topped and tailed and sliced thin * mixed salad leaves of lettuce, spinach and cress * 1 cup walnuts * 1/2 cup brown sugar * 100g Blue cheese (any mature soft cheese or even feta will work

great) * fennel fronds Ranch Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise * 1/2 cup sour cream * 1/2 tsp chives, fresh chopped or dried * 1/2 tsp parsley, fresh chopped or dried * 1/2 tsp dried dill *1 garlic clove, minced * 1/2 tsp onion powder * 1 tsp vinegar * a drop each of Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce * pinch

each of salt and ground black pepper TO MAKE: Salad: Prepare the candied nuts. In a pan add sugar and stir over high heat until melted. Add nuts, stir quickly to coat. Spread on a non-stick baking mat or heavily greased wax paper sheet and allow to cool. Don’t touch! Spread a generous

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layer of washed lettuce leaves in your bowl or platter. Layer with apple, fennel and red onion. Bash the nuts a bit and sprinkle over salad, with dots of Blue cheese. Decorate with fennel fronds and serve with Ranch Dressing. Ranch Dressing: Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl or blender, mix thoroughly. »

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SPICED GAZPACHO WITH GRILLED PECORINO TOASTIES I’m not really a fan of cold soups, but this is the absolute bomb. It’s refreshing and delicious, and a great way to kick off a festive feast. WHAT YOU NEED: 5 slices white bread * 1 garlic clove, minced * 80ml olive oil * 60ml red wine vinegar * 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped * 1 tin whole Italian tomatoes * 250g cucumber, peeled, deseeded and chopped * 200g red pepper, chopped * 1 red onion, chopped * 80ml orange juice * fresh parsley * ice-cubes (traditional, optional) * sliced baguette * Pecorino cheese TO MAKE: Trim the bread and tear the insides into pieces. In a bowl combine bread, garlic, oil and vinegar, stand for half an hour. Blend the bread mixture with tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, onion and orange juice until smooth. If you prefer a smoother gazpacho, strain. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, top with a drizzle of olive oil, diced fresh cucumber and chopped parsley. Top your baguette slices with Pecorino and grill until melted and golden.

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 CHEF P’S MOROCCAN BUTTERNUT For this killer vegetarian main, choose butternuts with a nice big “bowl”. One butternut serves two. WHAT YOU NEED: 2 butternuts * 125g couscous * sprinkle of dried chilli flakes * 1/2 cup pistachio nuts, plus extra for garnish * 6-8 soft eating dried apricots, coarsely chopped * 6 Medjool dates, coarsely chopped * 1/2 cup olives, coarsely chopped (black or green are both great) * 1/2 cup slivered almonds * squeeze of lemon juice * salt and pepper * 1/2 cup pomegranate rubies * good bunch of fresh coriander, chopped TO MAKE: Cook couscous according to packet instructions, adding chilli flakes to the mix. Dry roast the pistachio nuts, set aside to cool. When the couscous is done, add the dried apricots, dates, olives, 2 heaped tablespoons of chopped coriander, pistachio nuts, almonds and lemon juice. Fork through and leave to stand on a warm surface. Season to taste. Roast butternuts whole at 180°C, skins on. When almost cooked remove from heat and cut off tops. Scoop out seeds leaving a bowl for filling. Fill with couscous mixture. Warm in the oven at 180°C to heat through before serving. Serve sprinkled with extra pistachios, pomegranate rubies and coriander leaves.

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left-over glaze halfway through cooking time. The gammon is ready when the fat is glossy and golden. Cover with foil if the top begins to get too dark. Remove from oven and set aside for 15 minutes before carving. Slice gammon and serve with fruit, gravy and mustard. Fruit: Brush gammon juices on to a hot skillet. Add cherries and nectarines directly into the skillet until fruit softens slightly and caramelises.

ANT’S CIDER AND CRANBERRY GLAZED GAMMON WITH STONE FRUIT It’s usually a honey or apricot jam glaze, but this is better. Serve hot with grilled fruit and gravy, or cold with wine. Lots of wine. WHAT YOU NEED: Gammon: 2kg boneless gammon * 2 onions, quartered * 2 carrots, roughly cut into 3cm chunks * 2 celery stalks, roughly cut into 3cm chunks * 3 bay-leaves * 10-12 black peppercorns * 8-10 cloves Glaze: 300ml apple cider * 100ml cranberry sauce Fruit: nectarines, stoned and halved * whole cherries TO MAKE: Glaze: In a saucepan, add cider and cranberry sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce to a syrup and cool. Gammon: Place gammon in a pot. Cover with room temperature water and bring to the boil over a high heat, boil for 5 minutes. Drain, add fresh water and remaining ingredients. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover with lid and simmer gently for 20 minutes per 500g, turning the gammon over halfway. Once cooked, remove gammon from water and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 200°C. Line a roasting tin with foil. Using a small, sharp knife, remove rind from gammon, leaving as much of the fat intact as possible. Place gammon in roasting tin and brush liberally with glaze. Roast in the centre of the oven for 10 minutes, then take out and brush again with glaze. Continue to roast for a further 15-20 minutes, brushing with any

 EASY CHICKEN, CHORIZO AND OLIVE TRAY BAKE It’s hot. You’re knackered. Make this super easy, a Spanish-style one-tray wonder that’ll satisfy everyone and keep your drinking arm free. WHAT YOU NEED: 1-1,5kg chicken thighs and drumsticks, bone-in and skin on * olive oil * 1 onion, cut into eighths * 150g chorizo, sliced * 150g green olives, pitted and halved * 1 bulb garlic, halved and loose skin removed * 2 lemons, halved * 1/2 tsp dried oregano * 1/2 tsp dried thyme * salt and pepper * 2 cups chicken stock TO MAKE: Preheat oven to 200°C. Add a good glug of oil to a roasting tray. Add onion then chicken, then fill the gaps with chorizo slices and olives, and nestle in the lemon halves and garlic bulb. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with herbs and pour in the stock until the chicken is just over half-submerged. Cook for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 180°C. Cook for a further 60-70 minutes or until chicken is tender throughout. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes. »

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH LEMON, CHILLI AND PROSCIUTTO Brussels sprouts are a Christmas tradition and done right, they are nuggets of goodness. Try this kickin’ East Coast twist on the old boiledto-death ones. WHAT YOU NEED: 250g Brussels sprouts * 2 Tbsp olive oil * 20g butter * juice of half a lemon * 1 red chilli, finely chopped * salt and pepper * 6 slices prosciutto, fried until crispy and chopped (streaky bacon is fine) TO MAKE: Slice off the bottom of the sprouts and cut a cross in the base, a few millimetres deep. Blanch in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, drain and cool. When cool, cut into halves. Heat a pan, add oil and butter until melted, then add sprouts and fry for 6-8 minutes, tossing often. Add chilli and lemon juice, cook until tender and golden. Season to taste. To serve, top with crispy prosciutto and an extra squeeze of lemon juice.

* 1/2 cup dried walnuts, coarsely chopped * 1 tsp dried sage * 1/2 an onion, finely chopped * pinch of nutmeg * pinch of tarragon * zest of half an orange * salt and pepper * 8 slices streaky bacon TO MAKE: Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut the sausage skin and squeeze meat into a bowl. Add remaining ingredients except bacon, mix thoroughly with clean hands. Line the walls of each cup of a muffin tray with a slice of bacon, then fill each cup with sausage mix. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top edges are crisp.  MEDITERRANEAN SMASHED POTATOES Easy. Quick. Delicious. And don’t leave out the balsamic, it’s next-level goodness. WHAT YOU NEED: medium potatoes, roughly one per person * olive oil * balsamic vinegar * fresh rosemary * salt and pepper TO MAKE: Keep the skins on the potatoes and microwave until half cooked. Remove from oven. Using a potato masher, press down on each potato to slightly bust open the skin. Pour olive oil and some balsamic vinegar over, season liberally with salt and pepper, and toss on a good few rosemary twigs. Roast at 180°C until golden brown and crisp. To serve, swap out the roasted rosemary with fresh and you’re good to go. »

MY YUMMY ROCKING CHRISTMAS STUFFING BOMBS If you aren’t doing a turkey but love the flavour of stuffing, my reinvention of the tradition is for you. It’s pure Christmas in every bite, that is if you don’t swallow them whole. WHAT YOU NEED: 8 pork sausages * 3/4 cup breadcrumbs * 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped

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with us! Monique is a “Winter” with cool undertones to her skin, and she looks drop dead gorgeous with her new hair colour, make-up and clothing. People tend to forget how powerful colour really is, but the truth is; the wrong colours can completely overpower you, leaving you looking washed out and tired. At the heart of each of these transformational makeovers is an in-depth personal colour and figure analysis, in which we will find out the colours that uniquely suit you, as well as exactly which styles will complement your body shape best. Hair by Carl Putz, Kloof : 072 640 7185

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ď ľMOCHA AFFOGATO Coffee and chocolate are a match made in Christmassy heaven. Dig into this top notch sweet ending, paired with your favourite liqueur. WHAT YOU NEED: top quality, full cream chocolate ice-cream * 1 espresso shot per person * your favourite milk chocolate bar, for grating * 1/2 cup brown sugar, for toffee shards

TO MAKE: Make toffee shards by melting sugar in a hot pan. When it’s liquid, pour out on to a nonstick baking sheet or a properly greased sheet of wax paper and spread to 2-3mm thick. Cool. To serve, add a scoop of chocolate ice-cream to a bowl, cup or mug. Pour hot espresso shot around ice-cream, finely grate chocolate over and decorate with shards of toffee.


tablespoon of lemon juice and 1/2 a cup of syrup into a blender, food processor or bowl. Blend until smooth. Strain if desired. Pour into a pre-chilled container and freeze overnight. Serve with berries and a sprig of mint. FRUIT SORBET WITH FRESH BERRIES AND MINT Fresh fruit sorbet is a light and bright way to end off a big meal. You can make an easy sorbet with pretty much any fleshy fruit, using this method and not much effort.

WHAT YOU NEED: 900g fresh fruit (5 cups after prepping and slicing) * 1 cup sugar * 1 cup water * freshly squeezed lemon juice * fresh berries of your choice for decoration * sprigs of mint for decoration

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the gift in burger packaging from your local takeaway. Create a “braai” hamper filled with eco firelighter balls in a jar, a quirky “match” lighter and other favourite braai loving items: beer, bottle opener, biltong, braai spice, etc. Create a cute tag: “Come on baby light my fire” – beautifully presented in a handy galvanised braai caddy. Recycled egg cartons make the best packaging for a creative gift from the garden. Propagate rock roses, and this gift will cost you only the ribbon and tag. Other fun ideas to fill: home-made bath bombs; mini muffins; candy/chocolates; jewellery; folded money. Coloured glass jars from Consol Glass not only look great, but “hide” contents. Gift swimming trunks or a costume in a blue glass jar, adding dimension by gluing a bendy toy to the lid. Use a fun summer image to create a unique and personalised gift tag that hints to the theme of the gift. Repurpose gift bags from your shopping spree this Christmas. Many stores use great quality gift bags to package your purchases in. Hide store branding with a strip of patterned paper or gift wrap, and finish off with a homemade Christmas decoration and tag. Alternatively trace a circle using a side plate to “cut out” store branding from packaging to create a window into the contents of your gift. »

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Support your street vendor by purchasing a homemade basket to make a unique stationery gift basket perfect for any stationery lover’s desk. Colour co-ordinate the contents, completing the look with home-made tassels. Merry Fishmas … Jars make the most wonderful gift vessels. Remove packaging from items purchased and fill a jar. Fishing hooks can be put into a smaller jar, lining the bottom of your jar with tissue paper or paper shreds. Attach a homemade stick fishing rod and fish tag to the outside of your jar using washi tape. Spray paint the jar lid blue to match the colour theme of your gift. A great way to present a “fishing shop” voucher too. Impress the baker in the family with a large jar filled with cupcake baking goodies. Decorate the jar with clear dot stickers; paint the handle of an inexpensive wooden spoon to match, and add a large tag with a cupcake recipe. Colour co-ordinate for a successful and useful gift. Get creative and repurpose old glass jars to make fun, unique and “wow” gift vessels for gifting money or vouchers this year. No need to wrap these gifts; insert money or a voucher with candy, and place straight under the tree. Use spray paint, acrylic paint and permanent marker pens to decorate the jars.

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Theme a gift for a car lover with a car wash hamper. Using a pineapple theme, purchase yellow and green car wash items and present in a handy storage basket. Contents include pineapple key ring, sponge, cleaning cloths, spray bottle, chamois (remove sticker from packaging), pineapple car freshener and shopping bag, and petrol slip folder.

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About Life with which you bombard them – remember, this is what you’ve prepared them for: adulthood, decisionmaking, independence, and a host of other attributes. And if it’s to be, let them make mistakes in this controlled environment. You can’t control it all. One piece of advice for those who are working hard to replicate home in your teen’s new environment, don’t overdo it. Keep it real. Whether your son or daughter is going into a university residence, a private student res or digs, don’t create what you think they’d like. Let them inject their own personality into their space. It really doesn’t need to look like a film set on day one. Let it develop over time, in their time. Julie Simpson’s daughter is heading to Stellenbosch University from Durban. Julie recognises that as a mom, it’s easy to get carried away in the excitement of it all, and wants to create a homeaway-from-home nest: “I’m trying to reign myself in, and follow my ‘student’s’ lead ... within reason of course. I do think one mustn’t forget it’s a student room and not a decor spread. If it’s too perfect, they may feel too uncomfortable to study, relax and party in there. There are so many clever decor budget options to create a quirky space that’s not wasteful or over the top. The expression ‘less is more’ comes to mind, particularly after this difficult year ...”

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offers a laundry service, and Y which offers stable Wi-Fi. With nationwide brands like CampusKey Student Living, the choices are wide. They offer everything from furnished single en suite rooms with kitchen, through to communal style living where four to 10 people have their own bedrooms, but share a bathroom and kitchen. As a parent, what are your priorities? Speaking to mums in particular, primary concerns are around a very secure environment conducive to study and healthy social interaction, with easy and safe access to the university campus. Take


buying again unnecessarily. We have all the basics in terms of bedlinen, towels and some small decorative items, but will need basic kitchen items for her res. The rest she’ll be responsible for as time progresses.” Check out the residence’s rules regarding what’s

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A multiplug and power surge plug for phones, laptops, reading lamp and so on. An extension cord is handy. A backpack for campus, and for those weekends away. A suitcase which packs flat, so it doesn’t take up space in a cupboard. Washing hamper for dirty clothes – those concertina ones work well so they can be tucked away when not in use. Small collapsible hamper or litter bin for masks after a day on campus.

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security for instance – at residences such as CampusKey, you’ll find biometrics and more, and facilities range from DStv, study spaces, dining facilities, to gyms, bicycle hire and offstreet parking. Rooming choices aren’t only about budget, but about your child’s personality and social habits. If you have a loner or shy teen who struggles to mix, often pairing them up in twobedroomed accommodation is the smarter move than a single room where they can be reclusive. But once again, make sure their opinion is heard. But no matter the accommodation, every student

wants to put their stamp on their own new home. Combining practicality and personality can be a challenge in what is often a small space – and if they’re sharing that space too, collaboration and consideration is required. As a parent, don’t get carried away with glam decor ideas – let your child settle in with the basics, and gradually build up their own space to their liking. For mum Tanya Bailey, they had a headstart – they’d already bought items for their daughter for boarding school: “We bought all that with university in mind, so we wouldn’t find ourselves

prohibited and what’s not. Are you allowed to put nails in the wall, or paint them your favourite colour? What’s the standard furniture, if any? If you’ve visited (or scrutinised the website), get

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the dimensions. If it’s a digs situation, you may need to provide your own furniture. Consider finding the different channels used by departing students to advertise their furniture – source all the sale sites/secondhand stores for the basic furniture needs. Buy a secondhand bed and desk, then add a new mattress and paint a tired desk, and so on. Less is always more, so avoid turning the room into an obstacle course. They’ll have a heap of friends in there, so don’t drown them in scatter cushions. What makes a room look and feel bigger? No clutter, pale colours, and loads of light. Storage is not only essential, but minimises clutter. Choose multifunctional furniture or make it multifunctional – your desk can double as a dressing table and a storage unit. Ottomans with hidden storage can be footrests and seats. Plastic storage drawers can be a bedside table. If it’s possible to fit large plastic storage boxes on wheels under the bed, do it. Two things which, as a parent, you could well put on the list: an inexpensive floor rug that’s happy in the washing machine; and a good reading/study lamp. Once you’ve supplied the basics such as bedlinen, towels, and ample resilient crockery or cutlery for the kitchenette, hand it over to your teen. Rest assured, that room is going to look quite different when you next see it.

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TENEO PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THE COMBINATION OF A TRADITIONAL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION, WITH A BLEND OF NEW SCHOOL THINKING through British International examination centres. But, more than just curriculum, it is a simple philosophy which underpins Teneo – quality schooling for all, no matter where you are. Having deliberately entered the online learning space, Teneo has researched it extensively, investigated other models and digital platforms, and created their own unique offering. “We’re offering a new paradigm of education,” says John Shaw, CEO of Teneo.

“This is not ‘home schooling’, it’s way beyond that. It’s the school of the future. We’re equipping young people with the tools to enable them to do things differently in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Van Berkel explains, “We are the first school in Africa and possibly the world, as far as we are aware, to have a Futures Thinking expert working with us to assist teachers with futures thinking and help integrate it into the traditional curriculum.” The school has over 300

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educators, about 95% of them full time. Teacher hiring is not bound by geo-physical barriers as teachers work exclusively in the digital space which enables them to be hired from anywhere in the world – and they are. At Teneo, the team recognises the numerous challenges facing the new world, whether it’s environmental or social. “South Africa needs a nation of self-starters and entrepreneurs to create positive action,” says Shaw.

Our goal is to produce kind young people who’re lifelong learners, and ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Encouraging their students to be active citizens and part of the global creative economy, Teneo understands that it is essential to teach students to have a growth mindset and to be hands-on in a world that is becoming increasingly isolated. “They’ll need to find solutions to world problems,” says Jackie Cook. “We want them to be able to look at their neighbourhoods, identify the issues, create solutions and activate communities to work together to solve them.” FOR MORE INFO www.teneoschool.co.za


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o, what is it about Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village that’s so surprising? What makes everyone do a double take? Many things, but as we get to know our existing and prospective homeowners, it’s largely about the contrast between what they envisaged as a traditional retirement village – and ours. Walking around the Village gives you a very good idea of our lifestyle. A tranquil, indigenous landscape where bird life is prevalent – perfect for walking pets, shady benches to chill with a book, and everywhere you look … immaculate, clean, and so safe. And because we’re integrated into Kindlewood Estate, residents have access to the wetlands, and community facilities too. It’s also the sounds. Sounds of life, laughter, people getting on with their lives. Canasta with friends? Walking out with the birders? Wine tastings and festive community events. Join in, opt out, start your own painting club. It’s all up to you. Welcome to multi-generational living. It’s a good feeling. Step into your choice of a unit. They’re

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•On-site full service Totalcare medical and frail care centre. •24/7, full security, including patrols and panic buttons. •Pet friendly. •All gardens/maintenance taken care of. •Access to all Kindlewood sporting facilities. •Five minutes to daily shopping needs. •Eight minutes to Gateway Theatre of Shopping. •10 minutes to King Shaka International Airport.

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ABOVE: A light-filled, airy design for the units – that’s high on my wish list for a home! charming. They’re specifically designed to maximise light and air, so whether yours is a bigger, spacious unit, or more compact, this is feel-good architecture. Don’t let curiosity get the better of you. If you haven’t seen one of our newly launched two-bedroomed units (at the perfect price point), why not pop in? We’re pretty sure you’re going to be saying, “I didn’t expect this!” But you be the judge. Come on! You know you’re itching to see how our residents do grown-up life. FOR MORE INFO: www.merv.co.za

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ave you ever considered that your greatest achievement in life has been growing older? When looking back over your 60, 70 or even 80 years most of you can truthfully say, “Wow, that was a hell of a ride.” Everyone has ups and downs in life, good and bad things happen and we all have secrets and regrets. But instead of wallowing in self-pity it’s so much better – as you grow older – to dump your baggage and look to the future with joy and anticipation. You may be wrinkly, wider and not quite as agile as before, but don’t let that stop you from having fun and living your best

life. Age is simply a number and the beauty about ageing is that the older you get the more free you are to do and say what you please. Don’t fear advancing years but rather embrace them. Keep your friends close and contact them often. Talk to small children and interact with teenagers. Gatecrash the occasional 40-something party and discover how quickly the “generation gap” with the almost middle-aged is shrinking. Talk to animals and stroke dogs and cats. Erect a bird feeder in the garden and delight in local birdlife. Start taking the slower, more scenic route through life by making the small things matter. It’s good for the soul.

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Probably the greatest fear about ageing is financial. “Are my savings enough?” “How long am I going to live – will they stretch that far?” There are the lucky few who don’t have these concerns, but they are in the minority. The rest of us have to cut our cloth to fit our coat. The first thing to do is to consult a trusted financial advisor. Secondly, make sure you are debt-free before you retire. Thirdly, cut down and cut back to ensure you live within your means and don’t accrue new debt. Don’t get rid of your medical aid. Rather adjust it to a more affordable level and then, if you can, add Gap Cover. And lastly, do not dig into your capital without sound financial advice – that capital is all you’ve got. Retirement always comes as a bit of a shock, even to those who have been dreaming about it for years. To minimise the jolt, plan and prepare for the change in lifestyle and circumstances. As previously suggested, find a part-time job or a hobby to keep your brain agile and exercise – even a 30-minute daily walk – to keep your body fit and supple. Never think of yourself as “old” because then you will be. Be sure to behave like a “seenager” as often as possible – it will

keep your mind young and drive your children crazy! I often think of the singer, Cher, who, when some guy asked her, “Don’t you think you’re too old to sing rock ’n roll?” replied, “You’d better check with Mick Jagger.” Enjoy the forthcoming holiday season. Many of us will be missing family this year due to international travel restrictions, but this too will pass. Instead of letting the

Men (and women) do not quit playing because they grow old – they grow old because they quit playing – Oliver Wendell Holmes situation get you down, share this time with friends, speak about the future and new plans. There is an Irish saying: You’re not as young as you used to be. But you are not as old as you’re going to be. So live every second of every minute of your life with joy.

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RETIREMENT DONE RIGHT “WHAT MORE COULD ONE WISH FOR?” – CARL FREYER, RESIDENT.

Whether your dream retirement includes spectacular gardens, glorious weather, an active social calendar or attention to the finer details, Renishaw Hills delivers retirement done right. With state-of-the-art security and an inclusive monthly levy covering more living expenses than most competitors, you could soon be living the holiday from as little as R1.64 million. To find out how we offer true value and an array of home and purchase options to suit your needs, book your private tour of Renishaw Hills, Scottburgh today. Email sales@renishawhills.co.za or take our virtual tours on www.renishawhills.co.za.

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BRACKENHILL CRAFT DISTILLERY MAKES FINE GIN FROM VERY SOUTH AFRICAN INGREDIENTS AND IS ATTRACTING ATTENTION FROM FAR AND WIDE

actually make our own grain-based alcohol.” But Brackenhill has taken it one step further than fermentation. “We have a community in the Ulundi area who are growing Zulu rainbow maize for us, which we then use as the grain in our grain-based neutral spirit.” It’s a wonderful angle to have taken, both in terms of marketability but also, and more importantly, in generating jobs and an income in a rural community. An added benefit is that Zulu rainbow maize, an heirloom crop, won’t disappear as it is replaced by hybrid maize varieties. Carl also uses sorghum and barley in the grain mix. Carl and Brackenhill Distillery’s journey to where they stand today has been one full of red tape and patient waiting. It took almost two years for their liquor license to be processed, and during that time they had to pay rent for their distillery and spend their days looking at their still standing idle. The 2020 lockdown obviously didn’t help, but now that all the bureaucracy has been overcome they are producing a tremendous tipple that is catching people’s eyes.

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here science drifts into the realm of magic.” This is how Carl Grossman explains the process of distilling gin from humble maize. His passion is infectious as we walk around his small distillery in Waterfall, and he speaks of his dream for a beautiful big copper still and where he hopes Brackenhill Craft Distillery will be in a few years’ time. Carl explains what makes his gin stand out from the rest, both in terms of how the gin is made and also how their gin physically stands out on what are very crowded gin shelves in bottle stores, thanks to its classy and local branding. “We’re one of the few distilleries that actually does the fermentation ourselves. Where most craft distilleries buy in batches of neutral alcohol and add botanicals, or flavours, to turn it into gin, we

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ABOVE: Juniper berries are a must for gin to be called gin. LEFT: The machinery used is beautiful in itself.


Carl explains the distilling process, and while there isn’t enough space on these pages to share it with you, it is interesting to see how this drink, which has become such a powerful trend, is made. For gin to legally be called gin, it needs to contain juniper berries, but on their shelves Brackenhill has up to 40 plant products, or botanicals, that are used to impart flavour into various gins. One of these is the indigenous umsuzwane, lemon bush in English and Lippia javanica in Latin, which has become the brand’s signature. It lends a lemony note to the gin, but is also used by some local cultures as a medicinal herb. Again, a local community, this one near St Lucia, grows this for Brackenhill. Carl is obviously proud of his product, of how it is made from scratch from indigenous grain and how indigenous botanicals have been used. Even the wood used to age the gin is indigenous, and is hung in the alcohol to impart levels of toasted flavour.

ABOVE: Brackenhill makes both rum and gin, and the Umqhokwane gin should be on shelves in early 2021.

We have a community in the Ulundi area who are growing Zulu rainbow maize for us, which we then use as the grain in our grain-based neutral spirit

Brackenhill’s branding reminds you repeatedly of this local origin, with the Amabala Nguni cow in the label, below an African silhouette in copper hanging from the neck of the bottle. Amabala is the Zulu name given to white Nguni cows with black spots, and Carl tells a story of how he went into the field to take a photograph of a particular Amabala bull for his gin bottle. Those who are keen to find out more about gin and distilling, or who’d like to do a gin tasting, should get in touch with Carl. He runs tastings in the distillery, and a group can even come up with their own unique batch of gin, using different botanicals under Carl’s expert guidance. Brackenhill Craft Distillery has walked a long and windy road to get where it is today, but they have been noticed along the way both locally and internationally, and if things work out like they seem destined to, this very local brand will soon be showing off our heritage around the world.

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oung Seth Ngcobo might be working at the Total Service Station in Botha’s Hill by day, but his dream of becoming a professional dancer and following in the footsteps of the local dancers who are making their mark on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is alive and well. More importantly, while he’s waiting for an opportunity to quick step his way to a world-renowned ballroom, he is sharing his love for dancing with local communities spread across the Valley of 1 000 Hills. Late last year, he was approached by Ubizo, a nonprofit organisation that has created a school of arts to nurture young talents. Based on the fact that unemployment and poverty are rife across disadvantaged communities across the valley, and because performing arts such as music, drama and dancing are almost non-existent in local schools, Seth is looking forward to holding classes for children at the local arts centre. Apart from discovering talented young dancers from these communities, he also believes that evening classes for adults will provide some “couple time” and give families with little that is inspirational in their lives a chance to have fun. Just as the poorest of the

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poor danced the night away to the strains of African jazz in the dance halls of Sophiatown in the 50s and 60s, there’s no reason why locals should not dance present day troubles

ABOVE: Siphosethu Ngcobo and Madison Bromfield put in a shining performance at Shall We Dance 2018.

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away and include dance in their culture once more, he believes. “People think that they need to go to gym to be well and to get fit, but dancing can do that for you and you can have fun.” Seth followed in the footsteps of his mother who danced until 1990, when she hung up her shoes to take care of him and his younger brother. In 2003, at the age of just seven, his mother persuaded him to trade in his gymnastics classes for dance classes. He says she invested a great deal in dancing for both him and his brother, eventually moving the family from Umlazi where they didn’t have many opportunities to dance. He admits that it wasn’t the coolest thing for a youngster to do – although now he is often approached about dance classes via social media, thanks to a resurgence of interest following the popularity of international television programmes. Seth’s love of dance has also allowed him to navigate a number of challenges in his life – including the loss of his mother. “When I go on to the floor, everything else in my life goes out of my mind. When I’m not dancing, I feel as though something is missing,” he admits. Today he practices up to three times a week and says his favourite dance is definitely the romantic waltz. Seth won his first South African dancing championship with partner Kayla de Chalain


ABOVE: Dancers Seth Ngcobo and Juanita Pillay at the launch of the annual

dance extravaganza Shall We Dance 2019 that took place at the Durban Playhouse.

in 2011. When she moved away to continue her studies, he teamed up with Madison Bromfield, opening up another exciting chapter in his dancing career – participating in the local version of Shall We Dance South Africa for a number of years. This was an important boost to his dancing career, and he has worked extremely hard to be a lead in this event – which is presented annually by the South African Dance Teachers’ Association (SADTA). The partners also won the SADTA South African Rising Star Championship in 2017. The Covid pandemic and

lockdown slowed the creation of the dance school but classes are, at last, up and running for both youngsters and adults. Meanwhile, Seth is also looking for some vital equipment – a sound system, fans and mirrors – and is appealing for donations. With his present partner, Zandile Mbhile, Seth will be teaching ballroom and Latin American dance. But he is open to other professionals joining in to offer classes on everything from ballet to traditional indigenous dance.

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he Upper Highway area has a brand new player in the SUV market, proudly owned and managed by the Alpine Motor Group. Haval becomes the third brand to be represented by the Alpine Group in Hillcrest, and brings with it an exciting opportunity for Alpine to increase their offering to the local area – and beyond. This new business will be located at 36A Old Main Road, and will share a site together with the existing Alpine Renault Dealership – in

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conjunction with their high quality pre-owned offering. As a multifranchise business that can now offer cars catering for almost any budget and discerning taste, it’s clear that the Alpine Motor Group’s getting things right – with you in mind. With the Haval range focused solely on high quality SUV derivatives, this brand will no doubt pack a powerful punch in the local SUV market. The superb value offering of the GWM brand can also

BELOW: Alpine management team, from left: Tyran Ramlal, Byron Warner and Anthony Robinson.


not be ignored, and this will provide a high quality commercial and lifestyle offering to the local community – without breaking the bank. It’s very likely that the latest and greatest addition to the SA Big Bakkie market will also be on show by Alpine – the GWM P-Series, with a range, size and incredible value-based pricing that is set to cause shockwaves throughout the country. This will be a must-see for any bakkie-buyer before they make a decision to sign on that dotted line. Management at Alpine have taken this opportunity to not only

increase employment prospects in our area, but also to undertake a sizeable revamp to their existing premises – both to accommodate their new family member, and to provide a better setting for any prospective clients to come and enjoy an experience centred around service, quality and convenience. The Alpine Service Centre has also received a state-of-the art revamp, with technical expertise to match. Being RMI approved, the Service Centre is available to service

With the Haval range focused solely on high quality SUV derivatives, this brand will no doubt pack a powerful punch in the local SUV market Renault and Haval/GWM, as well as any other brands. The invite is out –come and put the Alpine Haval and Renault teams to the test! For anyone looking to buy an economical Kwid or Stepway, the evergreen Renault Duster and showstopping 7-seater Triber, or one of the best value high-end SUVs on the SA market – the Alpine Motor Group has a one-stop shop at 36A Old Main Road in Hillcrest. Haval and Renault Hillcrest are ready to provide the service you deserve. FOR MORE INFO Contact the management team via info@havalhillcrest.co.za and info@renaulthillcrest.co.za, or dial 031 765 8329 for a chat. Dealer Principal Byron or managers Ant and Tyran will gladly assist.

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 ADD COLOUR AND PATTERN Introducing colour, texture and pattern in the accent pieces can completely transform a drab room into a gorgeous interior as Jocelyn Jones of Jossi Interior Design has done here. “Bring in pops of colour, be more daring with pattern, and add a rug for some texture,” she suggests. “Scatters can set the tone and pull the decor together delivering enormous impact with little effort as they give you colour, contrast, pattern and design all in one,” says Shelley Scribante of House of Decor. MOUNT SOME SHELVING “Without taking up too much space, shelving offers a very practical way to get creative and showcase your favourite pieces, whether art, decor or crockery,” says Lane Baglione of Interior Lane.  DISPLAY ACCESSORIES “Turn an empty wall into a gallery using artworks and sculptural art pieces,” says Jocelyn. “Look out for interesting vases and objects for

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empty console and coffee tables and group these together to create focal points on otherwise bare or cluttered tabletops.” “Choosing contrasting colours or patterns and different textures in your accessories can give you depth and interest in your decor,” says Shelley.  HANG SOFT CURTAINS “Adding the right window treatment can truly transform your interior,” says Lane. Hanging your curtains from the highest point possible makes a room feel more spacious. “I like to combine Roman blinds and soft flowy curtains to both block out

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9  REPLACE THE HANDLES “A simple yet highly effective way of updating your home is to change your old handles to something that suits your style and taste,” says Lane. “There are no set rules when choosing handles or knobs as long as they are practical. With so many options on the market you can choose from bronze, brushed nickel, copper, wood and shiny steel finishes. They come in all shapes, sizes and forms, and are also relatively inexpensive and easy to install.”  ADD ART TO YOUR WALLS “Introduce artwork in different forms,”

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I enjoy playing with scale as it makes an impact. Look for different mediums of artwork and challenge yourself”  ADD GREENERY “Adding plants is one of the easiest ways to update your home for summer,” says Sabrina. “Even changing the plants around from time to time can add a new look and feel. If a space is too dark, there are many faux plants that look realistic without the fuss.”

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THE HARVEST TABLE’S CATHERINE CLARK’S TIPS ON SURVIVING THE FESTIVE SEASON possible at the start of a meal Raw food – such as fruit and vegetables – are full of important enzymes but most importantly full of enzymes that assist us to digest our food. This makes raw foods almost self-digesting. This also means that raw foods can assist us to digest other cooked foods, such as protein, which might be more difficult for your body to break down. 

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is achieved. A lack of stomach acid therefore hinders the entire operation of your stomach. You can incorporate some lifestyle changes to improve your acid levels by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water and drinking this morning and night, adding it to meals or buying an acid supplement to take with each protein meal you eat.  Practice gratitude Practicing gratitude daily really helps put things into perspective and energises us to continue on our journeys. A lovely way to make this a daily habit is to carve out time in your routine, either alone or with family or a friend, and find things to be grateful for. Express it out loud; articulating the “gold” in our lives makes it so much more real and valuable.  Laugh a lot Stress can cause inflammation and prevent your body from doing the vital repair work that it needs to perform daily in order to stay healthy. Laughter assists your body with the release of endorphins, which reduce stress and increase the general feeling of happiness.   Listen to your body and give it what it needs Our bodies need good nutrition every day. Choose one meal to focus on getting the good stuff in, and it will leave less space for the things your body doesn’t want or need. When we take good care of our bodies they really do return the favour and take good care of us.

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t’s that time of year again. After a stressful year of lockdown, we all deserve a break. It is, however, very important to ensure our pets are well looked after during the holidays. Here are some handy tips to make sure your pets have the best care while you are away. Boarding arrangements If you are going away and will not be able to take your pets with you, now is the time to book a place in a kennel or cattery. • Do your due diligence and take your pets to places recommended by your vet. • Ensure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date – especially for Kennel Cough – since this can be transferred very quickly in a kennel environment, and most reputable kennels will not allow your pet to come stay without this vaccination having been done. Finding a great house-sitter is also a viable option. I must encourage you, though, to do your research first. • Interview the person and see how they react around your pets. • Always introduce your pets to the person who will be taking care of them. • Familiarise the sitter with any special medical and dietary needs your pet may have. • Leave the sitter with your vet’s number and an emergency family contact.

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Travelling with your pets If you take your pets with you on holiday, please take them for their annual visit to the veterinarian beforehand. You want to ensure your pet is healthy, and it is also an ideal opportunity to discuss needs your pet may have during the trip. Some issues you may wish to discuss are: • Motion sickness medication for the car ride. • Anxiolytic medications if they will be around noisy New Year celebrations. • Collecting emergency medication such as antibacterial treatment for wounds, antihistamines, anti-nausea meds and pain medication.

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Make sure your pet is micro-chipped – you don’t want to potentially ruin your holiday because your pet got lost. Internal and external parasite control is important; stock up on deworming meds and tick and flea control products. And finally, do some research on your holiday destination as follows: • In case of emergency, Google which vets are close by and save their details on your phone. • Have a copy of your pet’s medical records with you, so your holiday veterinarian will be well informed of your pet’s medical history.

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don’t give Christmas presents,” I said to my partner. “It just ends in tears.” In fact, I don’t give any presents at all, and my partner thinks this is because I am a cheapskate – but that is only mostly true. It’s also because I’ve been traumatised. It all started when I was young. I don’t know if you’ve met my family, but they’re a bunch of weirdos. There was my Aunty Irene, who used to travel a lot for business, so every Christmas she would give me a loosely wrapped bundle of those tiny free soaps and shampoos from cheap hotel bathrooms. It’s not just that 10-year-old boys are about as grateful for sudsy cosmetics as they are for a twin-pack of underpants – sometimes she would already have used some shampoo but then not closed the lid tightly enough so that it leaked and I would sit there unwrapping a soggy, soapy piece of festive wrapping paper, trying to smile through my tears. By the way, have you ever wondered precisely when hotels started folding the ends of toilet rolls into points? I know exactly when it was because that was the year my Christmas present from Aunty Irene was a half-used roll of toilet paper with its end folded into a neat little point. That half a toilet roll made my dad laugh. “It could have been worse,” he said. “She could have given you the used half!” The rest of them weren’t much better. My granny was very frugal. You couldn’t come

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FOR SOME, THERE’S VERY LITTLE JOY IN THE ART OF GIVING – AND RECEIVING – CHRISTMAS PRESSIES, LAMENTS DARREL BRISTOW-BOVEY to her house without bringing her a gift, but she never opened it in front of you – they went into a special cupboard. She would open them later after you’d left, keep the ones she liked and sticky-tape the others back into their crumpled wrapping paper for re-gifting purposes. Once I opened my Christmas present from granny and my mom frowned and said, “Mom, isn’t that the electric carving knife I gave you for your birthday?” I didn’t mind, because I could definitely use a knife that could cut through a tree if it had a long enough extension cord, but my mom took it away because if anyone was going to use the electric carving knife she’d won at the work raffle, it would be her.

She would open them later after you’d left, keep the ones she liked and sticky-tape the others back into their crumpled wrapping paper As granny got older we realised she didn’t even open the presents any more before re-gifting them, so I made big savings by giving her my spare supplies of socks and handkerchiefs and mini

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shampoos. Once I gave her a brick, which I recognised two years later when my sister opened it at her baby shower. I explained all this to my partner. “I don’t care,” she said. “We’re seeing my parents on Christmas Day, and you’re not arriving without a present.” “But I don’t even give you a present!” “I’ve noticed,” said my partner drily. “But they’ll have bought a present for you. Imagine how awkward it will be.” I grumbled but it was my first Christmas with the in-laws and I wanted to make a good impression. I didn’t know what to buy, but fortunately my partner had a suggestion. It was a bit expensive, but she knew they’d love it. On Christmas Day I proudly presented the gift. “Merry Christmas!” I bellowed. They looked at me awkwardly. “Um,” they said, “you do know we’re Jewish? We don’t celebrate Christmas.” Even while I was blushing and stammering, I realised that in the game of life, my partner is way ahead of me. “Oh, he knows that,” she said silkily, taking the present from my hands. “He bought it for me.”

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