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APRIL 2020 LOCKDOWN

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Embracing the new normal

A digital edition published for the communities of KZN from the North Coast to the Upper Highway area.


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othing is forever, and this too shall pass. Challenges during lockdown will one day seem like distant memories, and instead we will look back and remember the many positive changes and personal growth this period created. We will realise how we, as individuals, learnt so much about ourselves and our family members while stuck at home for weeks. We will be grateful for all the new skills we learnt, and we will remember how we watched in awe as our beautiful planet was finally given some breathing space. Last but not least, we will remember how our communities came together stronger than ever – with everyone showing immense support and compassion for one another. Thank you to our essential workers who have kept us

KEEP GOING - and thank you nurse those affected by COVID-19, fix our unpredictable internet connections, take the lady down the road to the pharmacy, chat to a lonely neighbour across the fence, adapt to teaching our children through online platforms, nurture your grandchildren

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members" - Coretta Scott King going, and who are still going strong to make sure we have access to food, health care and other necessities. Thank you to our community members and small businesses who offer support wherever they can. Whether you deliver fresh fruit and veg straight to our doors, make sure our treasured pets have the care they need,

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What are we looking forward to the most after lockdown?

while parents are adjusting to working from home … the list is endless. Thank you, we so appreciate all of you! Taking the time to build and strengthen a community by getting to know its people will always have long-lasting and positive effects, which in turn creates real, sustainable change and growth. Accepting

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and celebrating diversity is also key to coming together and finding a sense of belonging. When we slowly start easing out of lockdown, there will be a phase by phase process to follow and respect – to make sure we curb the spread of this virus and keep flattening the curve. We as communities need to stimulate our own economies and focus on small businesses by supporting local. This will also be the entrepreneur’s time to shine, and we can’t wait to see all the ideas created throughout lockdown flourish and come to life. We are excited to showcase all these new businesses in our print issues to come, and are passionate about continuing great relationships with loyal existing businesses and advertisers as well as our faithful readers. We have loved putting this special lockdown digital edition together, our two sister magazines sharing stories and staying true to the Famous Publishing brand by delivering good quality, uplifting content.

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A sunrise run along the uMhlanga promenade, followed by a cappuccino with my friends.

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Quality time with friends and exercising outside of my own property.

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To hug my family.

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I can’t wait for a walk on the beachfront, and for my hairdresser to return to work.

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Going out for a mega cappuccino and muffin.

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There are three things I’ve missed the most: friends, surf and craft beer ... I’ll be embracing it all.

Thank you for your support during this testing time! It’s during uncertain times that communities, through individuals, really show us what they are made of. When the dust settles, let’s embrace a new normal together where we continue supporting each other in both business and everyday life.

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in this lockdown issue* DEAR ADVERTISERS AND READERS As we continue to navigate these unchartered waters, Famous Publishing has created a once-off digital edition sharing content with the audiences of The Ridge and The Crest. We have remained true to our editorial philosophy and delivered content that is uplifting and positive; celebrating and showcasing the people and businesses we share our community with. We are proud to say with live in Durban. Please share this edition with your digital networks and help us spread the good news. We need your help to make this work. We long for the sound of the printing press, the smell of a freshly printed magazine and the sight of our hard work on printed pages. We will be back with a printed version. Enjoy our digital edition and let me know what you think. Doody

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Doody.Adams@famouspublishing.co.za GROUP EDITOR Doody Adams EDITORS Lorna King and Katrine Anker-Nilssen DESIGNER Kyle Griffin SALES CONSULTANTS Lynda Kapsimalis (082 379 9912) Annie Domnick (066 254 0621) ACCOUNTS Sumayia Khan Copyright: All material in this issue is subject to copyright and belongs to Famous Publishing unless otherwise indicated. No part of the material may be quoted, photocopied, reproduced or stored by an electronic system without prior written permission from Famous Publishing. Disclaimer: While every effort is taken to ensure the accuracy of the contents of this publication, neither the authors nor the publisher will bear any responsibility for the consequences of any actions based on information contained herein. Neither do they endorse any products/services advertised herein. Material which appears under ‘Advertorial’ is paid for.

* To the people of Durban, the office parks, the residential estates and, of course, all our advertisers, thank you for your continued support

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Keep going ... and thank you

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

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WIN! A STAY AT THE OYSTER BOX 8

INNOVATIVE SECURITY

After-lockdown pampering: a two-night stay plus loads more

A first for Gold Coast Estate

SURVIVE AND THRIVE

FRESH IDEAS

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BATHROOM CLEANING HACKS

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VIRTUAL CHALLENGES

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LIFE AFTER CORONA

Tertiary education – thoughts about the future

WE PUBLISH

TRANSFORMING THE INDUSTRY Property engagement has increased during lockdown

6 COMMON HEALTH ISSUES

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Expert advice for getting through the lockdown

CONTROL YOUR FINANCES

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Care for our pets

ARE YOU COPING?

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Five tips from Old Mutual

STEP OUT IN STYLE

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Fashion trends for after lockdown

REMOVE GEL NAILS AT HOME Top tips for good-looking hands and nails

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Give your bedroom a “lockdown” revamp

13 Ideas to keep your business moving forward Tips to help parents assist their children with learning

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RESPECT YOUR SKIN Advice from an expert

RADICAL INNOVATION

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Mother’s Day ideas

Shaun Toweel: on property and his vision for the future

EDUCATION AND CORONAVIRUS

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Easy cleaning tips to keep on top of the germs

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Two fun challenges to keep fit during lockdown

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A retirement option worth considering

KEEP IT SIMPLE

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Ant Ellis shares his lockdown mystery box

A FRESH TWIST

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Old favourites using mushrooms

HOME RUNNERS FLATTEN CURVE 46 ... And raise money for charity

LAST WORD Living as expats prepared us

ON THE COVER: CARING COMMUNITY PEOPLE *MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO OUR LIVES

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SHAUN TOWEEL, INTERNATIONAL AWARDWINNING PROPERTY DEVELOPER, IS A MAN WITH A VISION THAT IS LARGER THAN LIFE

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eal estate mogul, Shaun Toweel, has spent the majority of his life in Johannesburg, but recently settled in uMhlanga where the energy and pace best suit his lifestyle. “I originally lived in Ballito, but spending most of my life in Johannesburg, I felt I needed some of that energy that I missed. To me, uMhlanga’s pace fits more with my personality and business profile, as the real estate industry has boomed in this area in the last few years. It has a more cosmopolitan way of life which I need to perform at my optimal best,” he says. Shaun has been performing at his optimal best for many years, and is often described by others as having the Midas touch. This seven times international property award winner and philantor-capitalist sees an opportunity and creates viable markets where none existed before. To date he has completed over a billion dollars’ worth of real estate and is currently involved in large mix-use developments including residential, retail and commercial components in and around South Africa as well as abroad.

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ABOVE: Dream big, and don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars, says property mogul Shaun Toweel. INSET: Shaun with some of the many international awards he has received in recognition of his visionary work. TOP RIGHT: One of Shaun’s exquisite home designs in uMhlanga.

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Shaun’s top five business lessons THINK BIG, START SMALL Dream big, don’t be afraid to shoot for the stars, but at the same time, know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took me years to finally look back and see how far I had come and realise that my accomplishments were dreams I had once envisioned years before. BE CREATIVE AND INNOVATIVE Don’t fall into the trap of doing what everyone else around you is doing. Think outside the box and become a leader. CREATE YOUR DREAM TEAM Don’t compromise on your resources and suppliers. Make sure you all have the same vision from the bottom up. Form a mastermind alliance. BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS Be consistent, humble and always maintain your good reputation. Failing to do so will come back to haunt you. Strong relationships will give you the freedom to build your real estate career the way you want, rather than the way everyone else does. Good relationships are better than money in the bank, because they will earn you more financial stability, along with greater success. LOCATION I believe location is very important, however, I also believe that if you can create a niche and marketable product in an average location, you can still achieve extreme success.

In 2002 he grew his company into a multimillion dollar property portfolio and is the current founder and CEO of a number of real estate companies including Extra Dimensions Property Group based in South Africa, One Luxury Ltd in Mauritius, and Toweel Property Developments and Investments LLC based in the USA. Over the last 20 years Shaun has developed and built ultra-luxury homes and residential communities, and is internationally recognised as the creative force behind some of the world’s most magnificent mansions ever built. He found his passion for real estate as a young boy, observing the work his father was doing. “I can recall how amazed I was observing my dad – with his own electrical company – involved in huge developments where the developer would build on average twenty-five homes in one month. I was intrigued by the hundreds of components coming together and then ultimately the final product. I had a creative and inventive mind, coupled with a deep-set entrepreneurial spirit, to one day to be a creator and developer of my very own masterpiece homes,” he says.

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The realtor environment has changed dramatically over the last 20 years and even more so following the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in many parts of the globe which has thrown the real estate industry into unchartered waters. “The impact has been on productivity across most of the real estate sectors. We are now also witnessing a number of issues relating to delays in construction and loss of income from tenants who are defaulting on rental payments. Furthermore, it is expected that real estate investment will decline due to a slow-down in activity in the marketplace and a decrease in investor confidence during these times of uncertainty.” But how can developers and real estate investors weather the storm and plan for the future? Shaun says it is important for role-players to review insurance policies to ensure they have business interruption cover in place. He is, however, very optimistic about the future post-lockdown. “I believe there will be a good level of demand once the lockdown is lifted. Remember, a substantial depreciation of the rand will become »

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very favourable for foreign buyers as they will be getting a large gain in value for their USD/Euro. However, we cannot solely rely on a heavy influx of foreign buyers. I, however, believe that in times of economic downturn, good opportunities always present themselves and we need to remain positive and seek these windows of opportunities. Ultimately, in my opinion, property is the most sound, tangible asset as people will always need a place to live,” he explains. Shaun is excited about the way he expects the real estate industry to develop over the next few years. “I see the industry developing into more mixed-use communities which I like to refer to as Live, Work, Play. But, I’d like to expand even further on that and incorporate a level of self-sustainability. More than ever, people are starting to see the value of living organically and creating convenient living spaces.” His new brainchild, YouFarm, is built on these exact principals. “I found I was locked in this world of conventional real estate development and wanted to offer people an organic and sustainable way of living. The design is based on

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ABOVE: An ultra-luxury villa in Mauritius – one aspect of Shaun’s international property portfolio.

I believe that in times of economic downturn, good opportunities always present themselves and we need to remain positive and seek these windows of opportunities

contemporary farming life being the centre, which would feed, provide and teach the purest natural form derived from nature. “YouFarm in the USA will include a contemporary farm hotel, spa, residences, wellness establishments, bakery, fine dining and wine establishments that are led by the everchanging tapestry of the gardens. The entire development is self-sustainable and designed to be totally independent from the needs of the real world. YouFarm is designed to create a landmark destination whereby people can organically live, work and play.” Shaun says the YouFarm concept fits perfectly into the current situation we are faced with. “Incidentally, this model is perfectly adaptable to the current worldwide struggles of a lockdown. Future developments and communities built around this model would have minimal impact in a situation like we are experiencing now, due to the amenities such as the wellness centre, the logistics of not needing to go into public spaces, as all you would need to sustain yourself and your families would be accessible in YouFarm.”

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sk anyone who has stayed at The Oyster Box in uMhlanga Rocks about their experience and you will be regaled with stories to fill a volume – each one using adjectives like “romantic, beautiful, elegant and stylish”. A large part of the legacy of The Oyster Box is that it’s been around for as long as anyone can remember. The original cottage – The Oyster Lodge – was built on the grounds in 1863. Made of Burmese Teak, corrugated iron and re-inforced concrete, it was originally used as a navigational beacon. In 1952 the cottage and grounds were sold to local residents Ken O’Connor and Kay O’Connor (Hill), his sister, who started a tea garden … which became a restaurant … and then The Oyster Box Hotel in March 1954. Fast-forward to October 2009 and following an extensive twoyear rebuild, the 21st century Oyster Box with all the luxurious comforts, elegance and charm of a bygone era, re-opened her doors for business. Although the building has undergone many architectural changes since the 1800s, a number of the original landmarks – including the grand, revolving door at the entrance, the reception and foyer with its black and white terrazzo tiles, the familiar wrought-iron balustrade and original, inlaid hand-painted tiles – remain intact. The Oyster Box’s reputation and status as the

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accommodation of choice for celebrities and Royals, precedes it. The Manchester United soccer team, Princes Harry and William, and Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco, who held a second reception at the hotel soon after their wedding in Monaco. While The Oyster Box evokes fond memories in the hearts and minds of her countless visitors and guests, it holds a very special place in the hearts

in Durban for the weekend. At dinner in the dining room (now the elegant, award-winning Grill Room), Stanley asked Bea if she’d like to taste an oyster. Keen to try the delicacy, which she’d never eaten before, she promptly spat the first mouthful on the floor! Not very ladylike, she admits, but this evening marked the beginning of a love affair that has spanned 60 years. Today, The Oyster Box

The legend that is the

OYSTER BOX THE OYSTER BOX IN UMHLANGA IS UNDOUBTEDLY A HOTEL WHERE MEMORIES ARE MADE AND CHERISHED FOR A LIFETIME

of current owners Stanley and Bea Tollman who bought the hotel in 2006. The Tollmans own the internationallyrecognised Red Carnation Hotel Collection, comprising 18 four and five-star hotels around the world, but it was at The Oyster Box in 1952, that the dream of one day owning the property was first conceived. Stanley and Bea, who both lived in Johannesburg at the time, each found themselves

buzzes with a renewed energy and vitality. Accommodation includes 86 individuallydecorated rooms, suites and exquisite villas, as well as a magnificent split-level Presidential Suite offering the ultimate in luxury. Renowned for generous hospitality, passionate service and excellent cuisine, guests have a choice of six venues for wining, dining and relaxing. Try the casual Ocean Terrace,

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serving pizza from a wood-fire oven, the finest seafood and an authentic curry buffet, to the legendary, fine-dining Grill Room offering a menu inspired by the combination of enduring signature dishes and new creations and flavours garnered from around the world. The Palm Court is where a lavish traditional high tea, with live piano accompaniment, is served daily. And for a more intimate dining experience the magnificent Chef’s Table in the sunken wine cellar is ideal for hosting select private dinners for up to 10 guests. The stylish Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are essential pre-dinner or sundowner stops where you can enjoy chilled champagne, freshly plucked oysters from the hotel’s own oyster beds, and enchanting sea-views while listening to live music. The Pearl, Shell, Durban July and Union Castle Rooms are the venues of choice for weddings, functions and events, and a 24-seater, inhouse cinema showing classic and current releases, is a quirky addition to an-all round line-up of services and facilities. In the lush gardens you will find the highly-prized Spa at The Oyster Box. Reflecting and celebrating the intricate tapestry of KwaZulu-Natal’s rich heritage, offering all of the amenities expected of a wellness facility of this calibre, The Spa is a haven of healing and tranquillity. There is no doubt that time spent at The Oyster Box will leave you with magical memories to last a lifetime.

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he Travel Corporation (TTC) – which The Oyster Box is part of – is celebrating 100 years of hospitality this year. A big part of the TTC story is the love story between Stanley and Bea Tollman, which leads straight to The Oyster Box where they had one of their first dates, and where, on another visit, he promised to buy Bea the hotel – which he did in 2006. During this special celebratory year – and after the lockdown period – one lucky couple stands a chance to win a truly special Oyster Box experience comprising of:

Two nights accommodation, including a lavish breakfast each day with sparkling wine and fresh oysters A spa experience for two people in the award-winning Spa A curry buffet meal for two (lunch or dinner) in The Ocean Terrace High tea for two in The Palm Court It’s so easy to enter, simply click here and follow the prompts. Good luck!

https://www.famouspublishing.co.za/ridge/win-an-oysterbox-experience-of-a-lifetime/ Closing date for entries: May 11, 2020

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WITH THE LOCKDOWN PERIOD EXTENDED TO THE END OF APRIL, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR BUSINESSES TO USE THIS TIME WISELY AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY. INTERNATIONAL AWARD-WINNING BUSINESS COACH DARRYN LE GRANGE SHARES 13 ACTION ITEM IDEAS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO WORK ON THEIR BUSINESS THROUGH THIS CRISIS

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Dream Chart: If you have not yet had the time, now is a great time to compile your dream chart. Remember, your business is the vehicle that will assist you in achieving your life’s dreams and goals. Encourage your family to get involved and do their own dream charts too.

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Vision: Spend some time getting clear on your business’ vision and make sure you find your purpose in business. Everything you and your team do should be in line with your company’s vision. Businesses with a clear purpose are almost always more successful than those without one.

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Learning & Development: Grow your knowledge during lockdown. Read business books, participate in webinars or sign up for an online course. Encourage your employees to learn new skills as well.

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Organisational Chart: Take time to look at the structure of your business currently and reassess any changes or

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In the spirit of helping business owners during this time of crisis, ActionCOACH Founder, Brad Sugars, has compiled 10 FREE VIDEOS TO HELP BUSINESSES SURVIVE AND THRIVE DURING THIS PERIOD. To request these free, 10 strategies to get you and your business through the Coronavirus economic crisis, please email Chenal at adminkloof@ actioncoach.com

adjustments that may need to be made. It is also advisable to forecast the structure of your business in three years’ time.

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E-commerce: Does your business have an e-commerce component? If not, is this something you should consider?

Digital Footprint: Google your business and your industry. Do you find what you were hoping to find? Does your business feature? If not, what can you do to address this? Spend time working on building your online brand. Update your website content, work on your LinkedIn profile and write blog articles for social media.

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Review Products & Services: Make time to review and revise your products and/or services. Do you need to adjust your offering? Are there any additional products/services you could offer? Ask yourself what you could do to enhance your offering.

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Marketing: During tough times keep your pipeline full and don’t stop marketing and selling. Upskill yourself and grow your marketing and sales knowledge during lockdown.

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Review Financials: Spend time comparing year on year financials. Are there any expenses that you may need to review, and are there any changes that will need to be made?

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Standard Operating Procedures: Review your systems, add to them and refine them. If you have not yet had the time, now is a great time to start writing your standard operating procedures. Update your company operations manual and improve or upgrade all relevant company documents.

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Declutter & Re-organise: Apart from your desk or home office space, spend time decluttering your digital platforms as well. Sort through your email inbox, back up your computers and organise your online files and folders.

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Get To Know Your Clients: Connect with both past and present clients. Phone and/or email them to show them that you care. Be compassionate, especially if their industries are being affected. Consider sending out surveys or polls to your client base to gather information on your business and learn from the valuable feedback you receive. Above all, remember that the way you treat your customers, especially during trying times, will go a long way in reinforcing loyalty and securing customers for life.

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Action Plan For Re-opening: It is critical to work on a plan for your business for when lockdown is lifted. In order to hit the ground running you need to plan for day one, week one, month one and so on. Don’t be caught without a plan. Prepare, stay positive and turn this time into a personal and business development opportunity.

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ABOVE: Darryn Le Grange from ActionCOACH Ignite.

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In the time of Coronavirus USEFUL TIPS FOR PARENTS TO ASSIST THEIR CHILDREN IN A NEW WAY OF LEARNING

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he international COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching implications, impacting almost every aspect of our lives. This includes education, with thousands of schools closed around the world. Following President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a national schools closure from March 17, 2020 and the subsequent national lockdown, classrooms have stood empty and the sound of children is absent from halls and playgrounds around South Africa. At the time of writing, it is uncertain when

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Classrooms have stood empty and the sound of children is absent from halls and playgrounds around South Africa

schools might be allowed to open again. In the interim, those schools with the relevant skills and infrastructure have implemented online programmes to continue their students’ learning. Schools use a range of digital platforms and structure their content differently, but the goal is the same – to maintain the connection between teacher and learner, and keep our children engaged in their education. This is particularly significant in Grade 12, when students are all too aware of the importance of every day in the run-up to their final examinations. For everyone, this experience is different and,

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Tips for parents  You are not expected to replace the teacher, with all his or her skills and experience. Use this time to support your child, to care for their emotional well-being. Be the healthy snack-maker, the exercise partner, the comforter.  Ask for help – there is a support network available at your child’s school and online.  Be realistic. Every child is different and will respond to this challenge in their unique way. Don’t expect perfection.  Structure is important – make sure your child has a quiet, clean and tidy place to work and a balanced timetable. They should be awake, dressed and ready to start on time, and take regular brain breaks. Fresh air and sunshine do wonders.  Make time for fun and connection every day.  Exercise is vital for their physical and emotional well-being.  Monitor your child’s screen time out of school hours. It is easy for them to overdo it.

for many, the burdens are real. During this time of great uncertainty, though, what a blessing it is to be able to celebrate the relationships we have with our loved ones, to embrace opportunities for personal growth and to identify ways to change our lives and those around us for the better. Let’s model positive behaviour and help our children to develop character traits such as bravery, resilience, adaptability and understanding. We are all in uncertain territory and doing the best we can. Let’s show each other grace, practice patience and use this time to appreciate the value of human connection.

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Hayley Dennyson, Marketing and Communications Manager at Waterfall Schools. www. waterfallschools. co.za

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ot long ago I published an article asking whether our educational institutions are relevant and “good enough”. Just a few weeks later we are facing a completely different reality. This pandemic – of global scale and with significant impact, and possibly of unfathomable proportions – has challenged what we understand to be our norm. The words of rock band R.E.M. now strike a significant cord: It’s the end of the world as we know it. Even with this seismic shift of our reality, my opinion then, still stands now. Educational institutions need to be clear on their purpose. Education, as much as brands and humanity, needs to be more obsessed with what really matters. Educational institutions need to worry less about what they do and focus more on “the why” and then “the how”. What we do does matter to an extent, but why we do it matters the most; it defines our purpose. How we do it, impacts the student experience. But why we do it, builds something much deeper. When a crisis of this scale hits, we are faced with making tough “out of the norm” decisions. We are pushed to re-evaluate or

INNOVATION NARETHA PRETORIUS, THINKING FACILITATOR AND CAMPUS HEAD AT THE IIE VEGA SCHOOL, CONSIDERS OUR EDUCATION, OUR WORLD AND MAKING BOLD DECISIONS

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re-affirm our values. Higher education institutions should produce work-ready individuals, but should we not rather focus on worldready individuals? Our world needs confident, resilient and courageous decision makers. Individuals ready to take on the Fourth Industrial Revolution with enthusiasm, and we now must face a new and even more uncertain reality. This pandemic suddenly propelled us into the need for radical innovation. By facing a global crisis, we are forced to make fundamental changes – policies, the economy, existing frameworks, our education system, and our ways of thinking and doing are being challenged. We now need to apply the much-needed “future” skills: creativity, innovation, critical thinking and complex problem solving. We need forward-thinking humans with the ability to tackle unprecedented complex problems, with courage and empathy, and to make bold and brave decisions, and to do so fast. Educational institutions across the country and the world are facing this pandemic and the challenges it presents. Which brings me back to the question: what really matters? The world as we knew it, has changed forever, and we need to change with it.

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he practice of social distancing is not an easy feat for an industry that mainly relies on personal engagement. Traditional face-to-face communication has been strained in the lead up to and during the national lockdown, resulting in consumers and property heavyweights having to put their trust into the digital sphere. Through technological advances made in South Africa, coupled with data solutions that are easier to obtain, and the ever-growing popularity of social media, the connection between the property market and potential purchasers has been far-reaching. “There is no getting around the fact that as South Africans we like to personally view property, and it will always be first prize to get a potential client to site. The national lockdown has been a massive challenge for our economy, however it has really encouraged industries – especially property – to truly become more innovative. By utilising existing PropTech and other digital tools, we have experienced first-hand how the property purchasing process can be enriched,” explains Stefan Botha, director of Rainmaker Marketing. “PropTech is not an adage to doing things the same way, it’s a catalyst for how we transform an industry. The national lockdown has only propelled our actions,

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ACCORDING TO RAINMAKER MARKETING, AND THANKS TO TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY HAS SEEN A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN ENGAGEMENT DURING LOCKDOWN

Lockdown has resulted in an increase of between 16% to 35% engagement across various property websites we manage – Stefan Botha, director of Rainmaker Marketing as we continue pioneering in creating interactive site maps and visualisation tools, on-site sales platforms, rich

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digital avenues, lockdown has resulted in an increase of between 16% to 35% engagement across various property websites we manage, as well as an average of 126% increase in engagement across the various social media platforms,” states Stefan. PropTech is the combination of property and technology working together to make the process of renting, sales, and generating unique property experiences convenient, easier and effortless. There is no readymade solution when it comes to PropTech, however through the use of ever-changing, available technologies and applications, the potential to enhance the property market is endless. “We see this period, and beyond, as an opportunity for the South African property market to embrace these technologies and for consumers to become more trusting of digital tools. Rainmaker Marketing has been at the forefront of innovation of the property marketing industry and will look forward to seeing how many of these platforms will really come into their own in the future,” says Stefan.

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Common health

ISSUES Ear Infections Ear infections are a common pet health problem and they can be caused by allergies, yeast, ear mites, bacteria, hair growth deep in the ear canal, and more. Symptoms your pet may have with an ear infection include: head shaking or head tilting, unusual back-and-forth eye movements, vigorous scratching and ear odour.

Skin

JUST LIKE US HUMANS, OUR FURBABIES REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION AND TREATMENT OF MINOR AILMENTS FROM TIME-TO-TIME. THERE ARE SOME GREAT OVER-THECOUNTER PRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP WITH THE MOST COMMON ONES. PET HEAVEN IS A PAWSOME ONLINE PLATFORM WHERE YOU CAN GET A LOT OF THESE PRODUCTS WHEN YOUR FURRY CHILDREN REQUIRE MINOR MEDICAL ATTENTION. IF YOU HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS OR ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS, PLEASE BE SURE TO CONSULT YOUR LOCAL VET 18

Dry, dull coat. Incessant scratching, licking and chewing. Sound familiar? You are not alone! Pet skin problems are the most common presenting complaints at the veterinarian. The cause can vary from environmental, nutritional, parasitic and infectious. Identifying the cause and talking to your vet are the first steps on the road to recovery and relief. However, there are some great products to help make your furry friend more comfortable.

Dental Dental health is a very important part of your pet’s overall health. Cleanings help prevent conditions of the gums and the bones that hold the teeth in place, called periodontal diseases. If left untreated, these diseases can damage your pet’s internal organs – not just his or her mouth.

Gut Your dog has a unique collection of hundreds of different types of single-celled micro-organisms in

its digestive tract. Gut bacteria are crucial for digestion and obtaining nutrients from the food your dog eats. From weight to mental health, the microbiome affects almost every aspect of your dog’s health and happiness.

Hotspots Those bare, inflamed, red areas you often see on dogs, commonly called hotspots, is acute moist dermatitis – a bacterial skin infection. Anything that irritates your dog’s skin enough to make him scratch or chew can lead to the pain and itch of hot spots, which, if left untreated, can quickly grow larger. A hotspot’s location can help your vet diagnose its cause. Fleas, for example, may be the source of a hip hot spot, while a hot spot at the ear might point to ear problems.

Joints Joint pain is, unfortunately, an all-too-common occurrence. While large breed dogs are most affected by joint issues, research indicates that 20% will suffer from some form of arthritis during their lifetimes. Indeed, it is one of the most common causes of chronic pain that veterinarians treat. The two major categories of joint problems are developmental and degenerative problems. Fortunately, there are great products to help you manage your furbabies issues and your vet can assist with a comprehensive care plan. FOR MORE INFO www.petheaven.co.za

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SOME USEFUL TIPS TO HELP YOUR FURRY FRIENDS

DURING LOCKDOWN FITNESS

DIET

FEEDING

GROOMING

Use this time at home to bond with your pooch. Play a game of fetch, tug of war or build an obstacle course for them.

Keep your dog’s weight in check by not over-feeding them and resist spoiling them with treats.

Don’t feed your dog human food. It can lead to Gastric Upsets and in severe cases, Pancreatitis.

This is the ideal time to start brushing your dogs teeth. Also, keep their coats clean by regularly brushing and bathing them.

REMEMBER, VETS ARE OPEN! Veterinarians are seen as an essential service during lock down. You can top up on ULTRA DOG there, or If you are worried about your pet’s health, contact your veterinarian for an appointment.

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Are you

COPING?

WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL CRISIS. IT’S UNSETTLING EMOTIONALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY. SIA REES GIVES US SOME POINTERS FOR GETTING THROUGH THIS TIME

 Ascertain as to what you can and can’t control. Try, as best as you can, not to put too much time, energy and resources into things you cannot control. News watching/reading can lead to a fixation on the crisis. It can create increased hopelessness and despair. Consider limiting news time to 15 minutes a day.  For some of us, it might feel like there is nothing you can control. There is. Look for it. Look around you: your home, your family, how you spend your time.  Structure and clear routine during a crisis is pivotal. It gives us something to control when the world feels out of control. Create new structure and new routines for lockdown. Do things differently. Get up and tackle routine straight away. Set times for meals, for shared housework and for family exercise.  Step outside of self-reflection for a few moments and take stock of the community. Think of each and every family you know and try to anticipate how difficult it may be for them. Families have lost income, are experiencing domestic violence, are unsure as to how they will manage financially. Are you a family like that? Do you need help? Who and how can you reach out to for support? If you are more fortunate – who and how can you help?  Most of us are blessed with more time than before. Use this time to rebuild a relationship with

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Families have lost income, are experiencing domestic violence, are unsure as to how they will manage financially. Are you a family like that? Do you need help? Who and how can you reach out to for support? If you are more fortunate – who and how can you help?

yourself. Who are you? What do you want? When this time of crisis is over, how will your priorities change? What will you do differently? Write it down. Look back at it and remember.  Consider self-care. Dr Monique Tello states that there are four categories that are scientifically proven to support a person’s health and wellness: superior nutrition, physical activity, sufficient sleep and stress management. You need to be intentional about creating time and space for your health and wellness. Be mindful of activities that you think are good for you that might not be: binge-watching television, eating junk food, gaming endlessly.  This is a difficult time and you’re allowed to have bad days. Acknowledge this, allow this. Your ability to be kind to yourself will encourage you to extend kindness and grace to others. Remember Mother Teresa’s words: “We can do no great things – only small things with great love”.  Find new ways to connect. We need each other. Make the call. Keep connected. Share in each other’s trauma for there is power in numbers. Pastor Jon Tyson says that superficiality is the crisis of our age, right now we need people with depth. Show up in practical ways. Be a voice of hope.

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FIVE TIPS TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON YOUR FINANCES

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he financial impact of the lockdown will be with us long after it is lifted and requires us to think and act differently regarding our finances. Old Mutual has this sound advice to help you on your way.

Get a financial coach Planning your financial future can be daunting, which is why partnering with a coach is a good idea. The coach – also known as a financial adviser – can help you make sense of your circumstances, identify opportunities for improvement and suggest practical steps to achieve your long-term financial goals. During challenging times, the coach can provide insight into what the best course of action for your specific needs are.

Beware of the debt trap and use credit wisely If you are struggling with debt, be wary of buying more things and applying for new credit or loans. Pay off your most expensive debt first, the ones with the highest interest rate. Contact your bank and other providers if your income has been reduced and you are unable to make your usual repayments. Get your free annual credit report from Old Mutual Rewards to see what is says and inform any necessary actions you need to take.

Time for bold actions If your budget shows you are overspending, be prepared to

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Review your investment and retirement plan The recent volatile financial market has had a severe impact on most investment portfolios. Your circumstances will determine the appropriate action you should take now

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Stay calm and stay protected Covid-19 has reminded us about the uncertainty of tomorrow. It is important to review your risk cover and financial plan to make sure your loved ones are taken care of if you are no longer

The lockdown has helped with “getting back to basics”, identifying areas where you previously thought you weren’t able to save around. If you are a business owner, plan for contingencies to ensure that those who rely on your business for an income will still be able to receive it. Consult your financial adviser and make informed decisions without compromising your long-term financial plans.

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Step out in

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DURING LOCKDOWN MOST OF US HAVE FAVOURED GYM WEAR OR COMFY LEGGINGS WITH A T-SHIRT. BUT SOON WE ARE GOING OUT TO FACE THE WORLD AGAIN, AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CELEBRATE THIS THAN WITH A GORGEOUS NEW OUTFIT? PASSIONATE ABOUT SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER FOUR FABULOUS OPTIONS FOR YOU. BEST OF ALL, YOU CAN SHOP ONLINE AND GET IT DELIVERED STRAIGHT TO YOUR DOOR AFTER LOCKDOWN

Wendy Bashford Designs Wendy Bashford Designs offer simple clothing that will make you feel beautiful. Designed and made in Durban, with a variety of colours and styles, the classic, chic and comfortable outfits are perfect for any occasion. www.wendybashford.co.za Olivia dress, R520. From left, Melissa, R270, Wendy, R300, Lisa, R430,

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Crystal, R530.  Boho top, R320. * Prints change weekly

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Doll Doll is a proudly South African label supplying the fashion industry with original, unique and always gorgeous women’s clothing in exquisite prints. Their website hasn’t been launched yet, but you can find them on Facebook or Instagram to place an order. W Doll SA 

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Belle Gray A modern lady’s fashion haven, Belle Gray Clothing offers a touch of Western mixed with Durban beach style. Tops, kimonos, dresses, jumpsuits, bodysuits and more are available to order on their website. www.bellegray.co.za  Francesca short ruched dress, R690.  On Island Time pocketed striped dress, R850.  Life Is Good button down ruffle top, R720.

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Rosehip With a beautiful new sleepwear collection, Rosehip’s pyjamas and kimonos are made of the softest Indian cotton and available in four botanical designs. Their colourful leggings – made of lycra and available in three botanical designs as well as a leopard print – are great for yoga, gym and running. Rosehip is also making 100% cotton, washable and breathable facemasks in four assorted designs. Remember: facemasks should not replace social distancing, but are an added precaution. www.rosehipdesign.co.za  Pyjamas & kimonos, R990 each, PJs available in XS, S, M & L, kimonos in S/M and L/XL.  Leggings available in S, M and L, R750 each, or buy two and get a third free.  Face masks, R200 per set of four.

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Remove your gel nails at

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THE EXTENDED LOCKDOWN HAS LEFT MANY OF US WITH SERIOUS REGROWTH AND “GAPS” IN OUR GEL NAILS THAT WERE DONE PRE-LOCKDOWN. YOU CAN EITHER JUST WAIT FOR THEM TO GROW OUT COMPLETELY, PICK THE GEL OFF (NOT A GOOD IDEA!) OR DO YOUR OWN HOME REMOVAL

You will need the following: •Acetone (not ordinary nail polish remover) •Cotton rounds/balls •Squares of tin foil •Nail file

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 Gently file the surface of all the nails to break the seal on the polish and remove the shiny surface.  Soak a cotton round with acetone and place directly on the nail surface. Wrap each nail individually with tin foil.  Keep wrapped nails in place for up to 30 minutes. Keeping your hands warm with a hot pack can speed up the process.  Unwrap the tinfoil and rub the nail surface with the cotton round to remove as much of the gel as possible. You may need to rewrap the nail if the gel does not come off easily. Use an orange stick and gently work the polish to release completely.  Once fully removed, shape your nails and wash your hands.  Finish with some cuticle oil or hand cream to nourish the nails and skin. We used an Environ Hydrating Oil capsule in place of cuticle oil! *Don’t forget to use hand cream after washing and sanitising your hands! Sanitiser contains up to 90% alcohol which can be very drying on our hands. FOR MORE INFO www.pinkpetals.co.za


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Make

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ADMIT IT, ALL MOMS LOVE BEING SPOILT ON MOTHER’S DAY, AND WHETHER WE WILL STILL BE IN LOCKDOWN OR NOT, THERE ARE AMPLE WAYS TO APPRECIATE YOUR MOM THIS YEAR THAT WON’T COST A FORTUNE. HERE ARE 10 EXPERIENCES TO INSPIRE YOU AND LEAVE A LASTING MEMORY WITH THIS SPECIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE

their children’s lives, so why not create a scrapbook of your favourite photographs, artwork and all fun memorabilia from the past.

Bake a cake Mother’s Day would be incomplete without something sweet to celebrate mom. If your mom enjoys baking, then whip up her favourite cake together – and don’t forget to offer to clean up the mess afterwards.

Virtual tours From the comfort of the lounge suite Google virtual tours, and choose what you want to explore. From museums, gardens, zoos and theme parks, enjoy the experience without leaving home.

Flowers There’s nothing like a pretty bunch of flowers from the garden to make mom feel all warm and fuzzy. Tie together with a ribbon or place in a vase, and she will admire them for days.

Let her sleep in Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let mom sleep in without having to worry about the family, making breakfast, feeding the pets or anything else.

Breakfast in bed There’s no better way to start the day than with breakfast served on a tray in bed. Keep it simple – yoghurt and fruit; pancakes drizzled with syrup; toast with oodles of butter and jam; or scrambled eggs on toast. And don’t forget the coffee.

Plan a picnic This time of year is ideal for celebrating Mother’s Day at home enjoying a picnic in the garden. It doesn’t have to be fancy – sandwiches, fresh fruit, something sweet and a lot of love.

D-I-Y face mask Mom will be glowing on Mother’s Day after you’ve pampered her with a do-ityourself face mask. There are many recipes on the internet – using, for instance, lemon, oatmeal, bananas or milk as a base – which are easy and safe to make. Best of all, mom will look radiant.

Memories Moms love being reminded of precious moments in

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It may be possible to gild pure gold, but who can make his mother more beautiful?”

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Give her the remote This is your mom’s day, so hand over the remote and let her watch TV as much as she wants – uninterrupted!

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astefully decorated in hues of blue and gold, Dr Parushinee Naidoo’s aesthetic practice – Skin Solutions – resonates elegance and professionalism. After studying medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand, Dr Naidoo combined her passion for travelling with her profession and worked in the UK, where her love for aesthetics

was ignited. “I worked closely with a plastic surgeon in the UK, and at the time, 17 years ago, aesthetics was still a very new field. He introduced me to different aesthetic procedures and gave me hands-on training. I also learnt to appreciate the artistry in the human face and how to always respect it,” she recalls. Dr Naidoo returned to SA in 2005 and decided to expand her expertise in aesthetics with formal training in Fillers and Botox and other aesthetic modalities. In time she acquired an Intraceutical Oxygen machine – the first in KZN – and Skin Solutions was born. Today, with a burgeoning client base and a yearning to expand her services, Dr Naidoo moved to uMhlanga, where Skin Solutions is now one of the premier aesthetic medical practices. Dr Naidoo and her team ensure their patients receive the best and safest procedures as well as a comfortable environment to achieve their skin goals. As every patient is different, Dr Naidoo formulates a personalised treatment plan and aims to align the patient’s results with safe, evidence-based treatment and product options. “My focus is on making people feel comfortable in their own skin using a combination of my medical expertise, an innate love for healing, and utilising the best possible products. I have rapidly

expanded my treatment offerings to focus on anti-aging, pigmentation and acne, in addition to derma-planing, micro needling or injectable aesthetics.” Skin Solutions also offer Hydro-facial treatments, and is the flagship aesthetic practice in KZN for the widely acclaimed Biomedical Emporium skincare range. Dr Naidoo is personally involved in her patient’s care. “It’s important for me to have a connection with my patients. I practice a very clinical form of aesthetics and adhere to a strong ethical code and strive to excel at service delivery.” The aesthetic industry is growing fast, but in 2020, Skin Solutions continue their trend of merging innovation with results. The sign on the wall in Skin Solutions says it all: #comfortableinyourownskin. FOR MORE INFO 031 0010877/066 241 2161; 4A The Boulevard, 19 Park Lane, uMhlanga; www.skinsolutionssa.co.za; drnaidoo.skinsolutions


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Charles Thompson, Developer of Gold Coast Estate shares his thinking: “Innovation has always been at the forefront of what we do; and this aligns with our futureproofing promise to plan five to 10 years ahead. We started planning to introduce this system more than two years ago, long before ‘contact-less’ systems became essential. “Although we find ourselves amidst a health crisis which has made people

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We are keeping our promise of toptier security within a bespoke estate for families, and part of creating a bespoke experience is security”

old Coast Estate Sibaya has introduced a completely contactless security system. Located at its Gatehouse, the no-touch biometric reader is the first layer of Gold Coast Estate’s already-robust and multilayered estate security. In these challenging economic times businesses have no choice but to innovate. As the market’s attention becomes harder and harder to capture, property developers are being pushed to find the next best thing in order to create that competitive advantage. The developers of Gold Coast Estate – Devmco Group – have innovation weaved into their DNA so introducing something entirely new, innovative and unseen was just a matter of sourcing the right system.

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very sensitive about how they engage with their environment, this was not the key driver for us. Innovation is – and has always been – a key driver. “This technology is not readily available in SA – we had to source it from abroad, which took some time as we had to ensure the system was not only the right one, but that, once we had sourced it, we were

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TOP: Charles Thompson, Developer of Gold Coast Estate Sibaya. ABOVE: The no-touch biometric reader at Gold Coast Estate Sibaya.

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Introduce pops of colour Change it up by moving a few furniture pieces around, tuck an armchair into a corner seat for an instant resting spot and inject hints of colour by changing the scatter cushions and bedside lamps.

Fresh

IDEAS

LANE MEETS SHARES THREE FUN TIPS TO UPDATE AND FRESHEN UP YOUR BEDROOM WHILE STUCK AT HOME DURING LOCKDOWN

Make rest a priority Your bedroom should be your retreat – it’s a sanctuary for peaceful reading, writing and studying, as much as a comfy resting place. Add warmth with snuggling neutral throws and blankets.

Get creative with your own flower arrangement Take a walk in the garden and pick some beautiful leaves and flowers, combine them in a vase and place them next to your bed. This will express your personality and instantly boost your mood. FOR MORE INFO Interior Lane: 076 973 3340; www.interiorlane.co.za

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Tile Cleaner For an easy, natural tile cleaner, mix a quarter cup of baking soda with two litres of warm water. Scrub with a brush, sponge or mop, then rinse. For tough stains, wait 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

Bathroom cleaning

HACKS THINKING OF A DIRTY BATHROOM CAN SOMETIMES BE QUITE ICKY AND OVERWHELMING. BUT NOW THAT YOU ARE STUCK AT HOME YOU ARE INEVITABLY GOING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE BATHROOM, SO YOU REALLY NEED TO UP YOUR GAME WHEN IT COMES TO KEEPING IT CLEAN. HERE ARE SOME SUPER-EASY BATHROOM CLEANING HACKS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO MAKE IT LESS PAINFUL – YOU’LL NEVER CLEAN YOUR BATHROOM THE SAME WAY AGAIN

DIY Shower Cleaner A lemon is one mighty all-purpose cleaning tool. It’s antibacterial and antifungal, and its antiviral properties and mild acids make it one of the best natural disinfectants around. Besides, it smells great too! To attack stubborn scum in the shower, slice one lemon in half and dip in a bowl of salt – which adds an abrasive scrub to the already powerful combination. Scrub the glass shower door and

Bath Cleaner No matter how hard we scrub, we never seem to get the corners of our bath clean. Luckily, we have a clever solution. Soak cotton balls in your bath cleaner (or rubbing alcohol) and leave one in each corner of your bath overnight. By morning, they’ll be gone.

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leave for a few minutes while the lemon gets to work. Rinse off with water and say goodbye to scum.

Toilet Cleaning Not only do you want your toilet bowl to stay white, you also want to make sure the seat and handle are free of germs. Generously apply a toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit for up to five minutes before scrubbing with a stiff-bristled toilet brush. Wipe down the toilet seat and handle with disinfectant wipes or toilet cleaner. * Remember: Toilet brushes need cleaning, too. After use, let the toilet brush dry out of the holder and spray with disinfectant.

Keep Surfaces Clean Bathroom items – such as towels,


bathmats, medicine cabinets and toilet seats – can be hosts for germs. During times like these, wash your towels more often than before and don’t share them with the other members of the household. Try using paper towels for drying your hands. Disinfect every item in your bathroom, especially the toilet. Whether it’s your bathroom sink or your bathroom floor, you want to make sure all your surfaces are sparkling clean. The best way to minimise work is to place a bottle of bathroom cleaner under the sink. Give everything a spritz as soon as you see a build-up of hair, dust, toothpaste or spills.

Mirror Mirror On The Wall Nothing says “I didn’t put much effort into cleaning” like a dirty bathroom mirror. It’s something so forgettable yet so hard to look away from once you notice it. Whether it’s dried droplets of water from when you’ve washed your face, flecks of toothpaste or settled dust, make sure you’re giving your bathroom mirror the wipe-down it deserves.

Use Containers To Minimise Dust When you leave all your products out on the sink or the shelf, you will notice a fine layer of dust. Your bathroom products can also house allergens apart from dirt. Therefore, put all your soap, cotton rounds and skincare items in containers to minimise the amount of dust.

Fresh Fragrance Finally, it is vital to keep your bathroom smelling fresh. Keeping an essential oil diffuser on the counter will make you want to visit your bathroom more often.

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VIRTUAL Challenges

EVERYONE’S BEEN JUMPING ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN VIRTUAL CHALLENGES WHILE IN LOCKDOWN – A FANTASTIC WAY TO KEEP FIT WHILE STUCK AT HOME AND AT THE SAME TIME SUPPORTING WONDERFUL FUNDRAISERS. WE’VE PICKED TWO FOR YOU TO TAKE PART IN

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WHEN: SATURDAY 25 - SUNDAY In aid of NPO Pathways, this virtual challenge Join this virtual lockdown challenge where all proceeds go 26 A P R I L fundraiser encourages you to run, walk, cycle, swim, paddle or wheelchair. A to I Care – giving street children a future. To receive your race VENUE: @HOME lucky draw prize of a weekend stay at The Oyster Box Hotel is up for number, send proof of payment and name to info@icare.co.za. DISTANCE: UP TO YOU! grabs. Tag @pathways.school on Instagram when sharing your pics. Use hashtag #RunFreeWithICare when sharing your pics on WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE social media. 9071 KM TO LONDON When: Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 April When: 27 April, Freedom Day, anytime between 5am-5pm Where: At home LUCKY DRAW PRIZE OF A Distance: Up to you W E E K E N D S T A Y A T T H E O Y S T E RWhere: At home Distance: 2,5km or 5km Donation: R100 or more if you can, please use your BOX HOTEL UP FOR GRABS! Donation: Children R25, adults R50 name and pledge distance as reference How to donate: Via Zapper or EFT, visit www.icare.co.za Bank details: Pathways,DONATION ABSA Bank, Hillcrest Branch, DETAILS for details account number 4044866448 EFT - R100 (OR MORE IF YOU ARE WILLING!) PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND

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e are experiencing the worst pandemic of the modern world. There’s simply no telling how deeply the ripple effects of the virus will impact our lives in the future – which is why there’s never been a better time to plan and take active measures towards securing your retirement.

secure estate with plenty additional amenities. And thanks to the reduced repo rate, you will now save thousands on your bond.

Sooner rather than later

Care in a time of crisis Who will take care of me if I fall sick? The coronavirus has truly highlighted this concern over the past few weeks as we’ve been faced with the devastating effects of the virus. Easy access to medical care is a crucial aspect to consider when weighing up your retirement options. A retirement estate, like Shoreline Sibaya, offers access to an on-site state-of-the-art care centre operated by leading elderly care provider, TotalCare, if and when you need it. Staffed by a registered nurse with access to a multidisciplinary medical team, this not only gives you peace of mind about your well-being should you fall ill, but it also offers family near or far reassurance that you will be well cared for in your golden years.

Life after

CORONA THERE’S NEVER BEEN A MORE PERFECT TIME TO THINK ABOUT INVESTING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT

many changes and unknowns ahead, now is the perfect time to reduce your overheads, downsize your home and invest in your retirement. On the plus side, a smaller home means less responsibility and more time to focus on activities you enjoy. Shoreline Sibaya offers the perfect solution with petfriendly studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for sale starting from R1,490-million, all within a

Embrace financial uncertainty The virus has caused major financial uncertainty, with economies, industries and enterprises around the world buckling under the weight of the global pandemic. With so

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Even if you are years away from retiring, it’s worth considering your options sooner rather than later. Retirees often feel overwhelmed by the many sudden changes all at once, and moving to where you plan to retire before you actually retire can help phase in the transition, making it a lot easier. As an over-50s lifestyle estate, Shoreline Sibaya has several residents who continue to work while living on the estate. Conveniently situated in the Sibaya Coastal Precinct, the estate is a short distance from the business hubs of both uMhlanga and Ballito. What’s more, with a community centre and restaurant onsite, residents have ample opportunity to make new friends, helping them to feel more settled in their new home and enjoy all that Shoreline Sibaya has to offer. FOR MORE INFO www.shorelinesibaya.co.za; info@shorelinesibaya.co.za

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In Durban for business or leisure? Hop aboard the Ricksha Bus for a scenic three-hour overview of Durban’s major attractions. Explore rich history of traditional Zulu culture in the Valley of the 1000 Hills or visit a local township and experience the unique Durban lifestyle.

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From adrenaline-fueled adventures to family-orientated activities, Durban offers something for everyone. Take a guided tour of Inanda, where the late former President Nelson Mandela chose to vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Fall in love once again. Take a walk on the Beachfront Promenade, where you will truly experience love happiness that makes Durban the must visit destination. Pack your picnic basket, meet up with friends or simply enjoy a ricksha ride at the beach to experience tranquility that comes with nature and the warmth of the people of Durban.

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ell, this is awkward. A grocery cupboard rapidly dwindling to reveal bagged and tinned odds and ends tucked away at the back, that we swore we’d get round to using. An occasional trip to the shops (thank you supermarket frontliners), where stock levels are irregular, often yielding more odds and ends. Plus, a precarious balancing act between light, nutritious home cooking and an overwhelming desire to eat mountains of comforting lasagna twice a day. OK, maybe it’s just me. No doubt about it, we need to plan and cook differently under these peculiar circumstances, to satisfy the body, mind and wallet. The key is to reframe your pantry as the ultimate mystery box – and the winning strategy is simplicity. Let’s look at dry goods. Pasta is often at its absolute best when stirred through with a simple pesto and seasoned to perfection. An all-time Italian classic is Spaghetti Aglio Olio e Peperoncino – chopped garlic and red chilli flakes or fresh chilli, gently cooked in good quality olive oil, mixed through and served with black pepper, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and lashings of Parmesan cheese. If you have the dregs of different pasta shapes, toss them all together in an oozy tuna mac ‘n’ cheese. Bada bing, bada boom. South American-style beans and rice is a killer side to a simple lemony

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THE ULTIMATE MYSTERY BOX CHALLENGE – FOOD GURU ANT ELLIS UNLOCKS SIMPLE COOKING FOR COMPLICATED TIMES

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chicken breast. Sweat down some onion in butter, with garlic, cumin and oregano. Add rice and stock (instead of water), a tin of chopped tomatoes, and a tin of kidney or black beans, brine and all, and boil down. You could also throw that into a tortilla or taco with some sliced steak, salad, cheese and avo. The same applies to staples like lentils and other tinned or dried items. Treated simply, lentils are crazy delicious cooked with curry powder or masala, and stirred through with a couple tablespoons of plain yoghurt lurking in the fridge.

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This isn’t about dumbing it down to suit your pantry or eating basic, boring food. It’s really about being smart, looking at classic combinations and enjoying home-cooked food at its simple best

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While we reconfigure our exercise routines, we could all do with some salad. But let’s avoid the kitchen sink varieties. Many classic salads are just a few good ingredients, like the Caprese – tomatoes, Mozzarella and basil; or the Greek – chunky cucumber, tomato, red onion, feta and olives, and a simple dressing; or a good old homemade coleslaw – shredded carrots and cabbage (I like to add apple and a few thin slices of red onion), tossed through with light mayonnaise, red wine or apple cider vinegar and some seasoning. Perfection in every mouthful. Tins of fruit we can’t square up to? The easiest fruit pies or cobblers are my favourites. Drained, tossed in a pan with butter, sugar and a dash of cinnamon, topped with a pastry lid or an easy crumble, baked and served with that carton of custard. Nope, that won’t last long. Let’s also not neglect our left-overs, both in the fridge and the freezer. So often ultimately relegated to the bin, they can make the most delicious sandwiches, pies, pasta sauces, soups and more, and if that’s not on the agenda, plenty of homeless folks could really use a meal right now! This isn’t about dumbing it down to suit your pantry or eating basic, boring food. It’s really about being smart, looking at classic combinations and enjoying home-cooked food at its simple best. Until next time, keep it real! Remember to support our restaurant friends any way you can by buying vouchers. Rock on!

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Mushroom And Chicken Quesadilla Makes 1 large INGREDIENTS: • 10ml oil • 1 chicken breast fillet, sliced • 205g button mushrooms, thickly sliced • 3ml paprika • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained • 2 large flat wraps • 5ml ground cumin or taco spice • 100g guacamole • 100g Cheddar cheese, grated Fresh salsa: • 1 red onion, finely diced • 2 tomatoes, fined diced • fresh coriander • green chilli, sliced • salt and pepper

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BEAT THE LOCKDOWN BLUES. GIVE OLD FAVOURITES A NEW TWIST WITH THESE EASY-TO-WHIP-UP RECIPES FOR THE FAMILY TO ENJOY OUTDOORS AS WE EMBRACE AUTUMN’S GLORIOUS WEATHER

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METHOD: Heat oil in a pan and fry chicken until cooked. Transfer to a plate and return pan to the stove. Fry mushrooms for 2-3 minutes. Add reserved chicken and paprika. Cook for 1 minute and set aside. Place beans and cumin into a mixing bowl and roughly mash with a fork. Lay a wrap on a flat surface and spread bean mixture on top. Top with mushroom and chicken mixture, guacamole, cheese and fresh salsa. Lay the second wrap on top of the filling. Heat a large, non-stick pan on the stove and slide the quesadilla into the pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes, turn (using a plate to assist) and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes. Alternatively, place the quesadilla under a hot grill for 1-2 minutes per side. Slice into wedges and serve. To make the salsa, combine red onion and tomatoes. Add fresh coriander and some chilli if desired. Season with salt and pepper.


Chilli And Mushroom Con Carne Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS: • 15ml oil • 2 onions, peeled, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 1 small red chilli, finely sliced • 2-5ml cayenne pepper (according to taste) • 5ml ground cumin • 3ml ground cinnamon • 250g lean beef mince

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• 250g button mushrooms, sliced • 30ml tomato paste • 410g tin chopped tomatoes • 500ml beef stock • salt and freshly ground black pepper • 400g tin red kidney beans, drained and rinsed To serve: • cooked white rice • finely diced toppings: tomato, red onion, avocado • fresh coriander leaves

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METHOD: Heat oil in a pot over a

medium heat. Add onion, cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in garlic, chilli, cayenne pepper, cumin and cinnamon, cook for 1 minute. Add mince and cook, stirring, for 5-7 minutes, or until the meat is browned. Add mushrooms, cook for 3-4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, chopped tomatoes and beef stock. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 35 minutes. Add kidney beans, cook for 1015 minutes. Serve with white rice, diced toppings and coriander leaves (optional).

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Bacon, Mushroom, Red Pepper, Gruyere And Potato Frittata Serves 6 INGREDIENTS: • 10ml oil • 15ml butter • 250g button mushrooms, thickly sliced • 5 spring onions, chopped • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced • 125g streaky bacon, grilled and diced • 2 medium potatoes, cooked • 100g Gruyere cheese, grated • 6-8 eggs • salt and freshly ground black pepper To serve: • crispy bacon • fried mushrooms • rocket salad

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to 190°C. Heat the oil and butter in a pan, fry mushrooms for 2-3 minutes. Add spring onions and red pepper, cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat, add bacon, potatoes and cheese. Gently combine. Transfer mixture to a wellgreased tin or ovenproof round casserole. In a bowl whisk eggs together. Season well with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over mushroom mixture and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the centre is just cooked. Allow to stand for 5 minutes before unmoulding or slicing from the tin. Serve warm or at room temperature, topped with extra crispy bacon, fried mushrooms and a rocket salad.

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Mushroom And Beef Nachos Serves 4 INGREDIENTS: • 15ml olive oil • 1 onion, finely chopped • 250g lean beef mince • 250g button mushrooms, chopped and pan-fried • 1 red chilli, finely chopped • 5ml ground coriander • 3ml ground ginger

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METHOD: Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion, sauté until glossy. Add mince and allow to brown. Add mushrooms, chilli, coriander, ginger and chutney. Add tomato purée and paste, swirl water in the tomato purée tin and add to pot. Add beans and allow to cook together for 15 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper. Serve with nachos, guacamole, crème fraiche and coriander.

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Home runners flatten the

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SOUTH AFRICANS COME TOGETHER IN A VIRTUAL MARATHON – RAISING A WHOPPING R124 000 FOR THE HILLCREST AIDS CENTRE TRUST (HACT) COVID-19 EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND

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ast week families from all over the country were challenged to get off the couch and be part of making history by entering South Africa’s first ever virtual marathon, the Futurelife Bambelela Marathon Challenge. Inspired by South Africa’s lockdown and everyone’s efforts to flatten the COVID-19

We are thrilled to announce that we had just under 1 000 entries from runners and walkers from not only around the country, but the world too curve, the marathon challenge’s goal was to involve the entire family in a fitness event that promoted both mental and physical health in these unprecedented times, whilst simultaneously raising much-needed funds for the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (HACT) COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. According to Futurelife’s marketing director,

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TOP: Sue-Anne Swindon from New South Wales in Australia also participated in the challenge. ABOVE: Sihle Ntuli, a full-time cook for the 24-bed respite unit at Hillcrest AIDS Centre, joined hundreds of South Africans in the virtual marathon.

Bhavna Maharaj, our nation did not disappoint. “We are thrilled to announce that we had just under 1 000 entries from runners and walkers from not only around the country, but the world too,” she says proudly. “Children as young as nine years old, and folk from as far as Dubai and Australia, took part in the challenge on Monday April 13, completing either 5km, 10km, 21,5km or 42km. In the end their combined efforts helped us raise over R124 000.” Bhavna adds that Bambelela is a Zulu phrase meaning “stay strong”. “As South Africans we are incredibly strong and resilient by nature, so it was no surprise that the message behind the

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Bambelela is a Zulu phrase meaning “stay strong”. As South Africans we are incredibly strong and resilient by nature LEFT: Asanda Mazibuku from Team Vitality completed 5km in the virtual marathon.

BELOW: The Merzkirch family in Germany all

participated in the marathon.

name resonated with so many,” she says. “What was particularly remarkable was that despite poor weather conditions in some areas of the country, and little to no running space (some did it in their apartments), people still chose to get creative, stay strong and complete their entered mileage. To say that it was inspiring would be an understatement!” Myles Buxton, Durban runner and race organiser, was equally impressed by the turnout. The virtual marathon was his brainchild, and he says that he is in awe of the results. “Initially when I came up with the idea, I thought that a couple of hundred people

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taking part would be a massive win, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would end up raising over R124 000. It goes to show that despite the uncertain times we are living in, the spirit of ubuntu is still alive,” he says. “On behalf of Futurelife and the HACT, we would like to thank every single runner and walker who participated in the challenge. The money raised is desperately needed by HACT and will go to ensuring that its dedicated team, who are working at the frontline of this pandemic, can continue doing what they do best – saving and transforming lives,” says Bhavna.

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last word*

LIVING

as expats prepared us WHEN YOU SEE YOUR FAMILY LIVING A QUARANTINE LIFE, YOU REALISE ALL YOU NEED IS PRETTY SIMPLE, WRITES AMANDA CALNAN VOWELS

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aking do or doing without” and hanging out with no one but my immediate family reminds me of our family’s earliest and loneliest days as expats in Australia. When our young family relocated from the US to Brisbane, Australia, for a job in 2011, it was swift and jarring. Overnight, everything and everyone we knew, was either upside down or unavailable. The experience started out very lonely with heaps of selfdoubt, parenting guilt, education gaps, and extreme cost-cutting measures. Still, those days of living much more simply outside of our comfort zone are some of the happiest memories in our little family’s life.

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Budget Living: Last month my husband and I both lost our incomes due to COVID-19. This isn’t our first rodeo. In Australia, we didn’t live on a cushy expat package. We negotiated as well as we could, but lived in one of the most expensive cities in the world at the time. Despite a shoestring budget, we were hell-bent on soaking-up every bit of Oz. Fun wouldn’t be cancelled. While we scrapped our grand plans for country-wide travel, we did go to the beach with sandwiches every weekend and adopted the Aussie tradition of barbequing in local parks. All alone. We knew how to find the best take-out deals and split beers to make them last.  Covid Culture Is A Foreign Culture: In Australia I spent several months patting new acquaintances on the arm – only to learn it wasn’t normal to touch so casually. Similarly, the new norms of virus culture have all of us trying to remember social distancing. I no longer linger at the grocery store.  Food Is Everything, Always:  Never have we eaten so well than when living on a budget in a new country. The public schools had no lunch programme. I was making three (cost-conscious) meals a day. I saved every extra bit of veggies in the freezer for some stir-fry. As expats, we snacked less and ate better. It took such an effort to shop that I shopped as little as possible and with great efficiency. Converting weights, finding substitutions, and

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taking advantage of what was in abundance took it out of me.   Family From A Distance: I was only an expat for two years, but my sister and her family have lived in South Africa for 15 years, and we have raised our collective kids as virtual cousins since birth. Expat families know how to do virtual family.  School In Limbo Can Be Liberating: Our son missed most of first grade, then skipped about three months of any schooling. The lost days between school systems – and watching too much iPad – were some of the most fabulous and frustrating days as parents. My husband and I were the whole world to our three- and seven-yearolds. When we returned to the US, another big school gap happened.  Keep Your Network Simple:  When we landed overseas, it was just too much to keep up with the large network of US friends and text groups. I pared down. It was clear who meant the most. The same is happening now.   Senses Trigger Memories: New travel senses imprint your memory. Similarly, the tastes, smells, textures, lighting, and emotions we keep from this COVID era of our life will trigger fond and scary memories, forever. I’m holding on to the smell of my kids baking bread, the sound of the family all working on their computers, and the taste of our cheap coffee on these familyquarantine mornings in 2020. Originally published on Thrive Global

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