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HIRSCH’S :: AWARDS

This year the prestigious Standard Bank KZN Top Business Personality Award – which is given to a person who has

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BUSINESS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AWARD

demonstrated “exemplary business achievement, industry influence and is a true inspiration to others” – was given to founder and CEO of the Hirsch Group, Allan Hirsch, pictured here with guest speaker Peggy Sue Khumalo, CEO of Standard Bank’s Wealth Division.

BUSINESS WOMEN OF KWAZULU-NATAL Margaret Hirsch – who was lauded for being a “woman extraordinaire” – was one of the winners at the Standard Bank KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Women gala evening, which recognised and celebrated some of the industrious and enterprising female business leaders, entrepreneurs, employees and social change agents in the province. With Margaret is Grant Adlam and Imraan Noorbhai.

AWARDING THE GIVERS At the SA Women’s Givers Awards evening recently held in Sandton, Margaret was one of the recipients of an award. She is pictured with fellow award winners, including Mathabo Kunene who is featured in this issue.

YOUR CHOICE AWARD For the 14th year, Hirsch was announced as the winners of the Daily News Your Choice Awards in the Appliances and

celebrate! Electronics section. Simone Hirsch, Richard’s wife, received

TIME TO

THE HIRSCH’S, BOTH ALLAN AND MARGARET AS INDIVIDUALS, AND THE HIRSCH’S GROUP AS A

WHOLE, HAVE RECEIVED SEVERAL AWARDS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS. HERE ARE SOME OF THEM the award on behalf of Hirsch’s with Devashen Govender and Simone Smith.

BEST OF PRETORIA AWARD At this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards (an online site showing where the best places, people, businesses and institutions as voted for by the public are), Hirsch’s received the award for the best Appliance and Electronics retailer. Allan and Margaret attended the glamorous ceremony with their Centurion and Silverlakes branch managers, Mark Dukham and Mithun Lalli.

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THE HIRSCH FAMILY Allan Hirsch – Chief Executive Officer Margaret Hirsch – Chief Operations Executive Richard Hirsch – Managing Director Luci Hirsch – Brand Manager EDITOR Glenda Thompson PRODUCTION EDITOR Lorna King DESIGNER Kyle Griffin GENERAL MANAGER Doody Adams PHOTOGRAPHS Cover: Ian Haggerty Kunene story: Lara and David Weeks 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 withour 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. Published by Famous Publishing, 52 Mahogany Road, Mahogany Ridge, Westmead, Durban, 3610 031 714 4700 Printed by Novus Print KwaZulu-Natal www.famouspublishing.co.za

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Welcome home Allan: Down with food wastage.................. 4 Margaret: Saluting women............................... 6 Richard: Making shopping easier................ 8 Luci: Embracing technology.......................10

News Time to celebrate......................................... 1 Furry family fun.......................................... 12 Keeping it in the family............................... 16 Cooking capers!....................................... 30 Tea with the Kunene family.........................32 Summertime in the veggie patch!................38 Ageing healthily!..............................................42 Changing the face of recycling.....................52


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FAMILY TIME! Happy stable families equal a happy, stable society. There’s absolutely no argument about that. But what constitutes a family? For our wonderful cover couple, Paul and Sarah, their five lovable hounds are their family. For the fun and extremely likeable Kunene and Clüver families we’ve featured in this

issue, it’s the entire team of family members who work together and seem truly happy in each other’s space. That is exactly what has made the Hirsch’s so successful. They have worked tirelessly together as a family to build the company into what it is today. Their solid work ethic – similar to the families we’ve featured – has been instilled in them from spending time together, to thrashing out issues and making sure everyone is on the same page. I have really enjoyed putting this issue together as it’s full of delightful success stories. From the families mentioned above to the awesome regional winners of our Margaret Hirsch Women In Business Achievers competition, Dr Tamara Pheiffer, Patricia Schroeder, and our Entrepreneurs Workshops that have seen fledgling businesses turn the corner to success, thanks to the wise guidance of people like Margaret and Allan and Business Coach, Marlene Powell. And, of course, to our super suppliers! The magazine would not exist without your support. Thank you! Enjoy the read and spending happy family time together. Glenda Thompson, editor www.getunoticed.co.za

Let’s shop Holiday helpmates.................................... 22 Cool family favourites...............................26 Keeping you cool...................................... 40 Extractor fans: 4 of our best...................... 44

Final word Giving back............................................... 46 Happenings at Hirsch’s............................ 48 Winning with Hirsch’s................................ 54 Stockists................................................... 56

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WELCOME HOME :: MESSAGE FROM ALLAN

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e certainly live in exciting times, with things changing constantly. Sometimes we may

not like or approve of the changes, but in most cases we accept them for the better. To give an example, I’ve always been aware of food wastage in the world. From a recent trip to the 2019 IFA (pictured right) – the world’s leading trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances – in Germany, some of the suppliers had alarmingly graphic displays of how much food is wasted by a German family in a year, and also how much food

wastage DOWN WITH FOOD

THROWING OUT FOOD IS THROWING MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN. BUT THE RIGHT FRIDGE CAN HELP YOU BECOME A BETTER CONSUMER AND SAVE YOU MONEY

on wastage, cuts down on the carbon footprint, and will save you a lot of money on your food bill, particularly if you buy an energy efficient fridge which has a really good insulation system and motor, and will run efficiently, thus, again, saving you money. Some fridges have a vacation mode on them, so if you’re going away, you put on the vacation mode, and the fridge will keep its temperature cool without running continuously and wasting energy. Every little bit of saving today, no matter how small, certainly helps the

is dumped nationally in Germany in a

cold zones – 0 degrees – especially for

consumer. We’ve been throwing food

single year. Taking this into consideration,

fish, meats, cheeses, dairy products and

away for years because it goes off in the

one can only imagine the amount of food

food that can go off or won’t last long.

fridge, but that can change right now.

that is dumped globally due to cooling

The latest fridges on the market have

Our sales team will give you some great

different drawers for vegetables and fruit

ideas on the best fridges to buy, so if

which work on different humidity levels.

you want some advice please pop into

looking after, and making an effort to

When you have fruit and vegetables

your nearest store and ask about our

retain the quality of our food. In turn we’ll

mixed up, it is possible that one will

extensive range of fridges that keep your

also be saving our hard-earned rands

last longer and the other will go off. It’s

food fresher for longer.

from going down the drain. This brings

so important to store your food at the

me to fridges, as certain fridges have

right temperature as this cuts down

conditions that have not been right. It’s time that we as South Africans start

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Looking forward to seeing you in Hirsch’s, but until then, enjoy summer. H


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WELCOME HOME :: MARGARET’S MESSAGE

women SALUTING

WOMEN IN THE FAMILY AND BUSINESS DYNAMIC – AN

AWESOME COMBINATION THAT DESERVES MUCH PRAISE AND RECOGNITION

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commitment and consistency, and above all, “to keep going” and the buzz words “I am enough”. A month later I left for Angola and went with the intention of studying the orphanages and what they are doing to help the girls, with special focus on girls aged between 11 and 18 years. I was thrilled to work with Rotary in Angola who build facilities for girls and help to educate them to be worthy citizens of tomorrow. With

mpowering women and

hungry to learn, hungry to achieve and

Melanie Hawken of Lionesses of Africa

helping them to grow in

go the extra mile to make it happen. I

who now has over 850 000 African

stature and in business has

loved the energy there and I can see that

women entrepreneurs on her books,

been very much part of my

working on projects with these women

we have travelled to Rwanda and Côte

focus over the last few years. It

will be extremely rewarding and an

d’Ivoire and worked with women, helping

absolute pleasure.

them to build and run sustainable

has been an incredibly rewarding journey seeing how many women who I have worked with go from totally broke, lacking in confidence and only thinking of themselves as “wife and mother”

This letter from my host, Stanley Matiza, the Managing Director of African Century Limited, made the trip so well worth it: It was a great honour and privilege to

businesses. I have travelled to 29 African countries so far and my aim is to travel to and work in all 57 African countries – 54

material, to strong dynamic women who

host you at African Century in Harare.

on mainland and three islands – so in

manage to balance the roles of wife,

I have already received overwhelming

the next few months I will continue my

mother and business woman effortlessly

positive feedback on the impact your

travels, starting with Uganda and Egypt. I

and efficiently.

visit had on aspiring business leaders in

firmly believe that entrepreneurial women

Zimbabwe. I learnt a lot about passion,

of Africa are its future. H

It’s a fact that the major trends in family structures over the last few decades have shifted. Gender equality is no longer a dream, it’s a reality. More and more women are opting to have a career and at the same time raise a family. I have seen so many single mothers, who really deserve medals, for managing and growing their businesses and, simultaneously, raising children who have gone on to be great achievers and a credit to society.  I was recently invited to two neighbouring countries to help motivate the girls and women, many of whom have almost given up on their dreams of achieving anything in life. In Zimbabwe – the country of my birth – I was blown away by their enthusiasm. They are 6 • AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S


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WELCOME HOME :: RICHARD’S MESSAGE

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s our 40th

toddlers, are now home

year in

owners with little ones of

business

their own.

comes to

As we march into the

an end,

“roaring 20s”, we are super

a special thank you to

excited with what this new

all our loyal customers,

decade will hold. From

friends and family who

our side, we’re making

have supported us over

shopping experiences

the years. It has been an

for our customers better

absolute pleasure and a

and faster. What to look

joy to serve generations

forward to in the coming

of our customers who

year is exciting cooking

keep coming back to our

demonstrations in our

stores. We are so grateful. 

stores, the ongoing

Being a family-owned

and extremely popular

business we truly

networking events that

appreciate the importance

have seen so many

of the family dynamic when

valuable business contacts

it comes to choosing items

being made and new

for the home. On many

friendships ignited, and the

occasions we’ve found that

latest home appliances on

choosing major appliances

the market – appliances to

– and even smaller items

suit all styles and tastes.

for the home – is a decision that is taken by more than one member of the family, and sometimes even children get to have their say in the decision-making process. We also love the fact that two and sometimes even three generations of the same family are amongst our loyal customers. Team members who have been with us for many years are

We continuously like to

MAKING SHOPPING

easier WITH 40 YEARS OF PLEASING CUSTOMERS

UNDER OUR BELT, WE WELCOME GENERATIONS

delighted when someone

OF HAPPY HIRSCH SHOPPERS TO EXPERIENCE IT

they’ve watched coming

FOR THEMSELVES

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revamp our stores to make the shopping experience easier for customers. In addition, our website is constantly being upgraded to make it easier to search for items, get information on products, and to shop online. We are also working on quicker deliveries to make sure that if you purchase something, it is delivered to you faster and better than ever before.  We look forward to serving you for at least the next 40 years! H


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WELCOME HOME :: LUCI’S MESSAGE

technology EMBRACING

TECHNOLOGY – IT’S CHANGING OUR LIVES IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY

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e’re fast

minutes from home, pressed

approaching

for time, and by the time you

the end

walk into your kitchen the

of 2019 –

oven is ready to pop that

and what

chicken into it.

a year it has been! Non-

There are also fridges

stop change, growth and

that allow you to view their

development in so many

contents from your phone.

aspects of our world. The end

So cool, and incredibly handy

of a year brings about many

when you’re grocery shopping

things, and for us Saffas one

and can’t remember if you

of them is SUMMER, with

need to buy eggs.

longer and warmer days, and,

A feature I’ve been using for

of course, humidity – which

a while now is the start timer

results in us fleeing to find

on my washing machine – I fill

comfort in almost anything

the washing machine at night

that has air-conditioning.

and set the timer knowing that

My very first job at

the morning washing will be

Hirsch’s in 1999 was in the

done around about the same

air-conditioning department

time I wake up and switch the

where I worked as the

kettle on! So convenient!

receptionist/switchboard

I recently posted

operator for Hirsch Air for

something on Instagram

the best part of a year. Over

along the lines of “one minute

the course of my 20 years at

you’re young and fun and the

Hirsch’s I’ve worked in every

next minute you’re getting

single department, each

realise in mid-December when

and definitely a lot easier!

excited about an air-fryer!”

one teaching me something

temperatures are soaring,

Modern technology has

Well ain’t that the truth? I

valuable and new, and giving

that they forgot to service the

created the most user-friendly

can’t believe I’ve only had my

me the foundation on which

bedroom air-con and now

living environment possible.

air-fryer for just over a year –

I’ve built my career.

it’s not cooling as it should.

We can now efficiently “run

how did I ever live without it?

Luckily, a quick call to Hirsch

our world” from the comfort

Air can sort that out in no time!

of our cellphones (no remote

new kitchen gadgets are

required). Ovens have been

just around the next corner.

But, there was something about my time at Hirsch Air that really gave me a good

One thing is for sure –

I’m so excited to see what

understanding as to how

our homes are filled with

created that allow you to turn

Whatever they are, I’m sure

much we value the comfort of

appliances that make our

them on via your cellphone –

it’s going to make life a lot

our homes. No one wants to

lives a little more comfortable

how perfect is that? You’re 15

easier! H

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FAMILY FUN

FAMILIES COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, WHETHER IT BE TWO FOOTED OR FOUR, OR A MIXTURE OF BOTH, BUT ONE COMMON THREAD IS THAT UNMISTAKABLE BOND OF CARING, LOVE AND RESPECT

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nearly 8 000, and working with partners both in South Africa and internationally, considers himself the alpha male in the pack. However, during the fun photo shoot with the family, we got the impression that George – the mischievous, wise, and pretty canny black lab – begged to differ. He literally took centre stage at the shoot, loving the attention and acknowledging it with a humorous wag of his sleek black tail. Sarah, the multi-talented matriarch of the pack, runs two successful businesses from home: one being a wellestablished lingerie company – Sarah Elizabeth – and the other, to tie in with her love of her furry family, is Pawfect, an online pet product company. Sarah recently developed her own range of doggy treats under the Pawfect brand, “made by dogs, for dogs,” says Sarah. “I always said that if dogs had their way, instead of choosing chicken and cranberry flavours they would choose

he Swainson family, who live in a gorgeous home

rotten fish and smelly socks. So each dog has a flavour: Lily

on the KZN North Coast – kitted out with Hirsch

Love Bug – Pork Skin, Sweet Potato and Apple; Gracie’s

appliances from the much used ice-maker to the

Dustbin Digger Treats – Butternut and Peanut Butter; and

top of the range SMEG stove – are a happy mix

George’s Ox Liver Rusks for dogs.

of two humans and five dogs. I’m quite sure that

“The doggy treats are mainly designed to add a bit of

Paul, Managing Executive of Partnerships at CCI, the largest

humour and showcase each dog’s personality. Gracie was

outsource contact centre provider in South Africa with a team of

a rescue, and every Monday and Thursday would crawl

WHAT A TREAT! The dogs got to eat their innovative treats for lunch while we were treated to a delicious al fresco lunch that included spicy baked gammon, a delicious papaya salad and a divine Nigella Lawson-inspired Chocolate Guinness Cake. It was so good, we just had to share the recipe with you. RIGHT: George, determined to sample the very tempting sliced gammon while “mom and dad” are busy posing. LEFT: Treat time for the fourfooted family.

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Paul with one of his favourite appliances, the Sno-master ice-maker.

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Gracie, our foster fail, is one who we picked up after running

“Gracie’s Dustbin Digger Treats”. George always joins me

one day. She was full of fleas and ticks, and we nursed her back

for my morning coffee, so he gets to have one of his Ox Liver

to good health. She is my rags to riches dog. She is also my little

Rusks as a special treat.

shadow and her tail wags at a 100 miles an hour. All she wants

Although George insisted on taking centre stage at the shoot, his fellow four-footed friends gave it their best shot and we loved getting to know them.

to do is show you love.” Both Paul and Sarah are avid sports fans and marathon runners. Paul is the Chairman of one of South Africa’s most

Nelson is Sarah’s running dog. As Sarah explained, “He is a

innovative and fastest growing running clubs, Ballito’s Dolphin

stroppy kind of soul and always has to tell you how hard done

Coast Striders, and Sarah started Jump Start for people who

by he is. He talks a lot and loves going for walks on the beach

would love to get into running as a hobby and form of exercise.

and on trails. Then there’s Lily, she’s soft and gentle and loves

“This neatly combines my passion for running and sports bras,”

her dad, sleeps on the bed each night and is a bit of a princess.

she explains.

Olivia, the very leggy Great Dane, is our resident loveable

They both agree that one of their favourite things is to be at

goofball. She is a little loopy but we love her exactly the way she

home with their dogs around them. “They are our family. We

is. She was a rescue and is deaf because of bad breeding.

wouldn’t have it any other way.” H

CHOCOLATE GUINNESS CAKE

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through the gate to dig in the dustbins, hence the name

180°C. Butter and line cake tin. Pour the

as it is quite a damp cake. Once the

Guinness into a large wide saucepan,

cake has cooled, place on a flat platter

INGREDIENTS: For the cake: 250ml

add the butter, in spoons or slices, and

or cake stand and ice.

Guinness; 250g unsalted butter; 75g

heat until butter has melted. Whisk in

Topping: Lightly whip the cream cheese

cocoa powder; 400g castor sugar;

cocoa powder and sugar. In a bowl

until smooth, sieve the icing sugar

1 x 142ml tub sour cream; 2 eggs; 1

beat together sour cream, eggs and

over the cream cheese, then beat until

tablespoon real vanilla extract; 275g plain

vanilla extract. Pour into the brown,

combined. Alternatively, use a food

flour; 2,5 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda.

buttery, beery pan, and finally whisk

processor, putting the unsieved icing

For the topping: 300g Philadelphia

in flour and bicarbonate of soda. Pour

sugar in first, then blitzing to remove

Cream Cheese; 150g icing sugar; 12ml

cake batter into cake tin. Bake for about

lumps before adding the cheese. Add

double or whipping cream.

45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool

cream, beat again until you have a

METHOD: Cake: Preheat oven to

completely in the tin on a cooling rack,

spreadable consistency.

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KEEPING IT IN THE

family

TO CELEBRATE FAMILIES, WE CAUGHT UP WITH A PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN FARMING FAMILY – A FAMILY OF GERMAN, DUTCH, ENGLISH AND NORWEGIAN DESCENT. MEET ELGIN’S PIONEERING GRAPE FARMING FAMILY THE CLÜVERS, OWNERS OF DE RUST ESTATE AND PAUL CLÜVER WINES 16 • AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S


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e took a trip out to the gorgeously lush, vibrant Elgin Valley in the Overberg region in the Cape to meet up with members of this pioneering

family – Paul Clüver junior, his sister Liesl, and their mother, Songvei – to find out more about the family. They were the first farmers in the region to plant vineyards after Elgin was identified as having the potential for being South Africa’s premium cool climate wine growing region. Farming apples, and some years down the line grapes, was probably not what the 21st century

Clüver’s great-grandfather, a music teacher, had in mind when he arrived in the Cape from Wechold in Germany in the late 19th century. His son Paul married the daughter of the owner of the farm De Rust in 1896, and his son, also Paul (a psychiatrist), inherited the estate which at Left: Vineyards, apples, mountains and clouds – this is the life. Below left: Salt restaurant. Below: Paul in the apple orchard.

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the time was used mainly for summer grazing. It was Gertrud, Paul’s wife, who took up the reigns of the farm and planted the first apples trees. She was also determined to uplift the community and built a school in the area, which started with two classrooms and a handful of children. Today it caters for over 1 000 pupils. Gertrud’s son, Paul, a neurosurgeon, and his lovely wife Songvei took over the running of the Clüver estate in the 70s, building it up to be one of the finest apple farms in the region, with Paul being awarded the Farmer of the Year in the 90s. In the late 80s they planted the first grape vines, making the first wine on the estate in 1997. The cool climate in the region allows them to make the perfect cooler climate varieties such as Riesling, Right: Paul Senior with his grandson Max enjoy the outdoor life and spending time together. Below: Apples in the making.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Paul and Songvei have five children – four daughters and a son – with four of the five being involved with the running of the estate and all with their own skill sets. Paul (1V) is the managing director, Liesl is marketing director, Inge is the financial manager and Karin is production manager. Inge’s husband Andries Burger is winemaker. De Rust Estate is nestled in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. To balance the impact

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of agriculture, over half of the estate is set aside for conservation in perpetuity. Various eco-tourism activities take place on the estate, and it has become renowned for its mountain bike trails.

waste and making sure everything is in harmony with nature.” During our visit, we popped into SALT restaurant which is conveniently situated next to the Paul Clüver offices. The

Over the years, the Clüver family have won many awards for

restaurant offers a culinary partnership between Paul Clüver

sustainable farming methods. Explains Paul, “Farmers today see

Wines and chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit. The cosy

themselves as custodians of what they have and understand the

restaurant is spearheaded by Mechell Spann, and the SALT

importance of looking after and conserving it. Sustainability is

philosophy is all about authenticity and focusing on quality

key, which means you use everything in moderation, minimising

ingredients “cooked in an honest way”. H

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LET’S SHOP :: USEFUL STUFF

NEED HELP AROUND THE HOME THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED

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hether it’s whipping up a delicious home-made icecream concoction, making the perfect cup of coffee, getting a great night’s sleep on the most

comfortable mattress, or simply cleaning one’s teeth with a state-of-the-art electric toothbrush – it’s wonderful to know that Hirsch’s is on your side. We have a variety of fabulous goodies to make holidays and time spent with family and friends at home that much easier. Here’s our choice of the best holiday helpmates to tease you, but there are so many more in store. For more information on them, check out our Hirsch’s website – www.hirschs.co.za

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 HISENSE 49” Smart TV. HIRSCH’S CODE: 68554

MASON CASH Mixing Bowl. HIRSCH’S CODE: 62565

CANDY WATCH&TOUCH The innovative Watch&Touch oven is the kitchen game-changer. It’s the only oven with an All-Touch Total Control Screen door, an integral HD video camera, exclusive video recipes and four different cooking modes. HIRSCH’S CODE: 70839

SMEG

Dishwasher, for a smarter, greener, cleaner and quieter wash. HIRSCH’S CODE: 68530

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ROCKET Ice Lolly Mould Set. HIRSCH’S CODE: 62614

SMEG Ice-cream Maker Accessory. HIRSCH’S CODE: 69510

PHILIPS Easy Touch Plus Garment Steamer. HIRSCH’S CODE: 68733 SIMMONS Classic Firm Bed Base Set. HIRSCH’S CODE: 2206

DEFY Vacuum Cleaner. Cordless, rechargeable and adapts to different surfaces.

 RUSSELL HOBS Purify Max Airfryer. HIRSCH’S CODE: 68814

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LET’S SHOP :: FRIDGES

Cool FAMILY FAVOURITES! FRIDGES ARE VERY MUCH PART OF THE FAMILY HOUSEHOLD. THEY ARE THE GO-TO PLACE FOR A QUICK SNACK, A GLASS OF WATER OR A BOTTLE OF CHILLED SPARKLING WINE. THEY ALSO KEEP OUR FOOD SUPER FRESH, AND THE LATEST TREND IN FRIDGES SEES ALL FOOD TYPES STAYING FRESHER FOR SO MUCH LONGER

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he Hirsch team recently visited the IFA Appliance and Electronics Fair in Germany earlier this year and were hugely impressed with technology that is keeping food fresher for much longer. “Fridge manufacturers spoke about wastage when food

is not kept at the right temperature, and ways to prevent this from happening. The latest fridges have food sensors inside them – red lights that shine when food starts to go off, allowing you to either eat or cook the food in good time before it’s too late,” commented Allan. Here are some of our favourite fridges to beat the heat this summer.

 THE GRUNDIG CONNOISSEUR 4-DOOR WINE COOLER FRIDGE Behind one of the four doors lies a wine cooler that is as practical as it is elegant, and can store 28 bottles in adjustable temperatures between +5°C and +20°C. Sitting on telescopic wooden shelves behind a foamed, UV filtered glass door, and additionally protected by an odour filter, the wines are always showcased. HIRSCH’S CODE: 65964

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 DEFY SIDE BY SIDE This 1m-wide unit offers industry leading freezing capacity. The Defy Side by Side range offers Neocool dual cooling technology that incorporates two independent cooling systems for longer lasting freshness. HIRSCH’S CODE: 64313

 DEFY COMBI BLACK GLASS Elegantly designed with black glass for a sophisticated addition to your kitchen. This fridge also boasts an A+ rated system that supports an eco-lifestyle saving you up to 25% on energy consumption versus A energy. HIRSCH’S CODE: 61055

 DEFY 4 With Multi-zone technology, as well as the added choice of extra capacity of fridge or freezer functions at just the touch of a button. HIRSCH’S CODE: 65959

 KITCHEN AID ICONIC FRIDGE Coming in a variety of colours, the striking Kitchen Aid Iconic range of fridges comes with a fast cool facility, vacation option, a door alarm, a trendy wine rack, and a long-life vegetable drawer. HIRSCH’S CODE: 65679

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LET’S SHOP :: FRIDGES

 LIEBHERR AFRICA Customers want greater everyday convenience from modern appliances, as well as longer food storage times. Technologies such as BioFresh or DuoCooling mean that food waste is avoided and endless shopping trips become a thing of the past. Liebherr also present sophisticated features, appealing designs and state-of-the-art technology for fridges and freezers.

 WHIRLPOOL UPRIGHT FRIDGE FREEZER PAIR Whirlpool’s Upright Freestanding Fridge and Freezer Pair can stand separately or next to each other to form a double-door unit. The fridge comes with 6th Sense Technology called FreshControl, which keeps food fresher for four times longer, while the freezer comes with the NoFrost™ system. HIRSCH’S CODE: 66080 and 66079

 SCOTSMAN ICE MACHINE Having your own ice machine means you have the convenience of ice on hand. The small self-contained EC46 from Scotsman with its rounded corners and pleasant appearance can be accommodated under any counter, as long as sufficient airflow and ventilation for cooling purposes is provided. In addition the EC series

 SMEG’S DOLCE STIL NOVO If you’re buying good wine, you need some

has a PWD (Progressive Water

fabulous storage space. The SMEG Dolce Stil

Discharge) System for remote water

Novo built-in series includes seamless wine

discharge up to 15m away and

coolers and sommelier solutions – available on

1,7m high.

Hirsch’s online and in-store.

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SEPARATE FANS IN FRIDGE & FREEZER O U R N E O C O O LTM D U A L C O O L I N G T E C H N O L O G Y K E E P S Y O U R F O O D F R E S H E R F O R L O N G E R BY MAINTAINING OPTIMUM HUMIDITY LEVELS WITH AN ADVANCED AIRFLOW SYSTEM. 2 SEPARATE FANS ARE USED TO COOL TWICE AS FAST WHILE ELIMINATING UNPLEASANT ODOUR TRANSFER. THIS FEATURE IS STANDARD ACROSS ALL DEFY SIDE BY SIDE FRIDGES AND SELECTED COMBI’S.

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HIRSCH’S :: COOKING

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itchen Capers brings together anyone interested in new products, new recipes and new cooking techniques – and it’s fast becoming a firm

favourite with Hirsch’s customers.

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING! At the recent ECR House & Garden Show the Hirsch family got together in the Discover Durban Cuisine kitchen to cook up a mini storm for visitors to the show. The Hirsch’s chose dishes that were predominantly from their own recipe books, and the result was a mouthwatering feast of note. Needless to say, the audience vote was for the puddings –

capers! KITCHEN

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING COOKING AT HIRSCH’S! COOKING AND SHARING MEALS IS THE BEST WAY TO BRING FAMILY AND

“Since 1946 Grundig has made modern, high-quality products which make people’s lives better. What began back in 1946 with a radio has grown into a wide range of products available throughout the world with a focus on quality and style. Grundig home appliances come with a five-year warranty as standard to reflect our trust in the German design and reliability of our range,” said Cherisse Erwee at the launch of the Grundig kitchen in Ballito.

FRIENDS TOGETHER, WHICH IS WHY HIRSCH’S RECENTLY LAUNCHED A MONTHLY KITCHEN CAPERS EVENT GRUNDIG KITCHEN LAUNCH Hirsch’s recently launched their brand new state-of-the-art Grundig show kitchen at their Hirsch’s Ballito branch. Testing out the kitchen for the guests were fabulous chefs, the Delish sisters, Rebecca and Kate Lund. The sisters Margaret’s to-die-for Pavolova pictured – although it was agreed that all the dishes went down like a house on fire!  Allan, Margaret, Sherwyn Weaich, Luci and Richard. 30 • AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S

whipped up recipes from their new cookbook, demonstrating the versatility of the products paired with the finest wines from Diemersfontein wine estate. “This is the first of its kind in South Africa and we are so thrilled to have it

in our store! We have a strong 40-year solid relationship with the Grundig brand and with this incredible concept, we’re ready to take it to even greater heights,” said Allan.  Margaret Hirsch, Rebecca and Kate Lund, and Denver Naicker.


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BAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH HIRSCH’S Hirsch’s Centurion recently co-hosted their Kitchen Capers event with Defy

WHIRLPOOL SUPREME CHEF LAUNCH Hirsch’s recently hosted Whirlpool for the

where children were invited to #BakeAdifference with Defy. The children decorated cupcakes with assorted candies and sweets, and the creator of the best decorated cupcake took home a Defy blender.

launch of their Supreme Chef microwave in Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Margaret and social media influencer, Allegro Dinkwanyane prepared and cooked a variety of dishes in the Supreme Chef to showcase how simple it is to use.  Allegro Dinkwanyane and Margaret Hirsch.

KITCHEN CAPERS LAUNCH AT HYDE PARK There was great excitement at Hirsch’s Hyde Park when they launched their monthly Kitchen Capers event at the Whirlpool stand. Eve Solomons from Good Enough to Eat dazzled the guests with her interactive vegan food demonstration, preparing a Mushroom Stroganoff with a delicious salad while sharing the health benefits of veganism with the audience.

CORPORATE COOKING COMPETITION Hirsch`s uMhlanga recently held their annual corporate cook-off under their Kitchen Capers umbrella, where two local uMhlanga corporates – East Coast Radio and Prime Property – competed in the Hirsch’s state-of-the-art Siemens kitchen for the title of Hirsch’s Corporate Cook-off Champions. The event was sponsored by Bosch and Siemens, and Prime Property won the title, receiving prizes from Hirsch`s, Bosch and Siemens, Torga

HIRSCH’S KITCHEN CAPERS | VEGAN ESSENTIALS Hirsch’s Hillcrest held their first Kitchen

Optical Cornubia and Ballito, and DNA

Capers event with vivacious vegans Lundy

Auto Centre Bosch Car Service.

Kruger and Biancca Wilson from Nutreeco.

Audience members learnt tips and tricks on how to make vegan essentials and had a chance to sample them. ABOVE LEFT: Lundy Kruger and Biancca Wilson. ABOVE RIGHT: Nathan Kruger, Jacqui Ferguson and Heema Vallah. AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S •

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HIRSCH’S :: GUEST

Tea

WITH THE KUNENE FAMILY

WE CAUGHT UP WITH MATHABO KUNENE AND HER FAMILY AT HER HOME ON THE BEREA IN DURBAN TO CHAT ABOUT THE PAST AND FIND OUT ABOUT HER WORK TODAY

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athabo Kunene, the

with Mathabo, she took us back to a time

meal. And secondly, her mother gave

widow of the late great

when her mother, Nosipho, a domestic

her the basic skills that turned this

poet, writer, academic,

science teacher in Nyanga Township,

extraordinary, extremely resourceful

creative genius and

instilled in her a couple of essential

woman into a sought-after caterer in

diplomat, Professor

“rules” for enjoying a good life.

Los Angeles, where the family lived as

Mazisi Kunene, has the uncanny ability to transform one back in time. Catching up

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First and foremost, was the importance of eating a well-structured

exiles for many years. After returning to South Africa, a highlight of her career


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was catering for the wedding of Nelson

exile in Los Angeles – between 1975 and

Mandela to Graca Machel.

1993 – Mazisi held the post of Professor

We met Mathabo, her sons and

of African languages and literature at the

daughter-in-law at the beautiful, sprawling

University of California, while Mathabo,

family home that has been featured on

who had trained as a nurse in South

Top Billing, just in time for tea. Mathabo,

Africa, wanted to help supplement her

who has shopped at Hirsch’s for many

family income. After completing her BA

years and is proud of her gorgeous

Degree, she decided to do catering on

SMEG kitchen appliances, places great

the side and cooked traditional African

importance on family and loves nothing

food at street fairs in the city.

more than having her sons, Zosukuma,

This led to her forming her own

twins Ra and Rre, their wives and her

catering company – Ashanti – and

daughter Lamakhosi, home for a visit.

becoming the go-to person for African

The kitchen is always busy it seems,

cuisine for the rich and famous. Her

with friends and family dropping in for tea and meals. Helping Mathabo in the kitchen is her nephew, Sthembele Mabowa, a graduate from the Capsicum School of Catering in Cape Town. Reminiscing to when the family lived in

culinary fame led her to being called on ABOVE: Mathabo with a photo of the late great Mazisi Kunene. TOP: Tea at home: From left, Zosukuma, Rre, Mathabo, Phile (Ra’s wife) and Ra. LEFT: Mathabo gets some help in the kitchen from her nephew Sthembele Mabowa.

to cater for an African themed fundraiser organised by Bishop Desmond Tutu, catering for a massive crowd and helping towards the US$3,5-million that was raised at the event.

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from a 29% pass rate to over a 90% pass rate. Under her watch, a library, computer centre, and maths and science block have been built at the school, and to alleviate the water shortage in the area, Mathabo organised for a bore hole to be installed for the school and the entire community. Mathabo and Margaret Hirsch met recently at a ceremony in Pretoria where they were announced as 2019 recipients of the SA Women Givers Although Mathabo still entertains a

Award. These awards are bestowed as

reputation as an African cuisine aficionado

lot, her focus today is more heavily on

recognition, celebration and a symbol

preceded her and she was called on to do

education, women’s empowerment

of gratitude to South African women

the catering at many events including the

and fundraising, including a project

and women-led businesses that make

launch of Zimbali Estates, catering for

that through the Kunene Foundation,

a difference by giving back for the well-

2 300 people at Nelson Mandela and

she has taken under her very capable

being, development and progress of

Graca Machel’s wedding, as well as

wing – the Kwahluzingqondo School

communities, therefore helping to uplift

Madiba’s birthday celebrations.

in Umkomaas. The school has gone

South Africans. H

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HOME :: KITCHEN GARDEN

THERE’S NOTHING MORE SATISFYING THAN BEING ABLE TO PICK ONE’S OWN FRESHLY GROWN VEGGIES FOR A QUICK SALAD OR BAKED ROOT VEGETABLE DISH. WE ASKED GARDENING GURU, TANYA VISSER, FOR SOME TIPS AND IDEAS TO GET THE BEST RESULTS

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FROM YOUR KITCHEN GARDEN verything is

be between 1-2cm thick. The

growing fast and

finer the mulch the thinner the

temperatures

layer. Rather have a very light

are rising. Most

mulch that is replaced often.

veggies are thirsty,

DON’T pile the mulch up

needing regular watering to

against the stems as this

produce juicy, tasty leaves

could cause them to rot

or plenty of flowers for future

and also prevent water from

SUMMERTIME IN THE VEGGIE fruit. How does the waterconscious gardener conserve

patch!

penetrating. DO mulch if grey-water is

water without depriving the

used. The mulch filters the

plants, which would affect the

solids out of the water.

yield and make them more

DO dry grass clippings

susceptible to pests? Here

before using them as mulch,

are my tips.

otherwise they can form an

Mulching conserves the water in the soil, preventing the top layer from drying out and becoming hard.

impenetrable mat on top of the soil. Spongy soil minimises the amount of water that crops

Mulching do’s and don’ts:

need, because every drop of

DON’T make the mulch

water can penetrate to the roots

too thick, because it can

and doesn’t run off. The more

suffocate plants and soak

organic material in the soil, the

up the water, preventing it

better it retains moisture. Work

from reaching the plant. A

well-rotted compost into the

layer of mulch should only

soil before planting.

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vegetables. Tomatoes should be well watered two to three times a week while they are growing. Once the fruit starts to develop, reduce watering but not to the point where they wilt. The yield may be smaller, but the tomatoes will be tastier. Carrots, beetroot and other root crops taste better if grown in drier soil. This encourages the roots to penetrate deep into the soil looking for moisture and minerals, which produce a better flavour. Water root crops regularly for the first Grey-water is wastewater collected from the shower or bath, hand basin, washing

DO use environmentally safe detergents. DO wash vegetables that

exclusively. Supplement it

three to four weeks after

with municipal or rainwater to

sowing or planting, then taper

flush away the residues from

irrigation to a minimum. H

machine and, in some cases,

have been watered with

the grey-water.

from the dishwasher.

grey-water before using or

*MORE WATER DOESN’T

visit www.thegardener.co.za

Grey-water do’s and don’ts:

just use grey-water for fruiting

NECESSARILY MEAN

or www.tanyavisser.com.

DO use grey-water

vegetables rather than on

MORE FLAVOUR

Don’t forget to tune into the

within 24 hours, otherwise pathogens can develop.

leafy vegetables. DON’T use grey-water

The way you water can improve the flavour

For more on gardening,

new season of The Gardener on Channel 176 on DSTV.

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of tomatoes and other


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HOME :: AIR-CONDITIONERS

cool

KEEPING YOU

WANT AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS THAT NOT ONLY COOL YOUR HOME BUT ARE ALSO SUPER ECO-FRIENDLY? THEN HIRSCH AIR IS

AT YOUR SERVICE – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR BUYING, INSTALLING AND REPAIRING AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS

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irsch’s have been selling and repairing air-conditioning units since they

started out in 1979. However, it was only in 1990 when they realised they were selling so many units, that they decided to set up a division dedicated to selling, installing and repairing air-conditioning units – and that is when Hirsch Air was founded. This “cool” division has gone on to win awards year on year for being the biggest seller of several makes, including LG and Samsung. Our Hirsch Air team recommend that you service your unit once a year. This will involve routinely replacing or cleaning the filters, as clogged or dirty

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filters block normal airflow

to explain the difference

and significantly reduce the

between inverters and non-

system’s efficiency. Replacing

inverter air-conditioners (the

a dirty, clogged filter with a

conventional kind).

clean one can lower your

Air-conditioning units first

air-conditioner’s energy

started out as non-inverters.

consumption by 15%.

Very basically, once you’ve

If you’re looking at buying

set your desired temperature

a new air-conditioner for the

on the wall-mounted indoor

summer and want something

unit – say 22°C – the outdoor

that is energy efficient, then

unit starts up and begins the

perhaps it’s time to consider

cooling process. This uses

an inverter air-con that will

more current as the air-con

help you save up to 40% on

continues to run at full speed

your energy bill.

to create cool gas.

Our suppliers, Fourways Aircon, have taken the time

Pipes then carry the cooled gas from the


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IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A SIMPLE STANDALONE FAN, HERE ARE SOME GREAT IDEAS FROM DEFY.

 Try out the Defy Mist Fan (MF 8000 B) with LED lights, humidifying function and black rubber base with wings to enable you to easily move it around the house.  The stylish Tower Fan (TF 7000 W) comes with a large LED display and touch button electronic control panel. The touch keys allow precise speed adjustments. It also comes with a remote control for easy and convenient operation.

compressor through to the indoor unit, where its fan blows air over the cold heatexchanger piping into your room, cooling it down. Once the indoor temperature has reached the pre-set level, the outdoor compressor switches off again until the temperature inside rises above the pre-

 The new Air-Coolers (MAC 6030 W and MAC 7030 W) have 3-speed modes and 4-in-1 functions – Fan, Cooler, Ionizer and Humidifier. The models come with tilt and turn shutters and horizontal and vertical oscillations, which help to evenly distribute homogeneous fresh air throughout the entire room. The ionizer generates negative ions, reducing dust in the air.

room temperature down to your desired comfort level, then slows down to an idlelike speed once the pre-set temperature is reached. In contrast, a non-inverter motor only runs at one speed. The result is that an inverter air-conditioner uses just enough electricity to keep your room at the perfect temperature

set level – when the whole

all the time – speeding up

process repeats itself.

and slowing down exactly as in the long run, they can

required. And in the process

on-off process is that it may

use more electricity than

it can save up to 40% on your

consume more electrical

non-inverters.

electricity usage.

The downside of this

power than an inverter air-

So how do inverter air-

At Hirsch’s, our staff will

con, especially if you’re using

conditioners work and what

happily guide you in your

your aircon for very long

does the inverter actually do?

choice and point out the

periods during the day.

The difference is that an

advantages of each type

inverter motor is able to

of air-conditioner for you.

less of a capital investment –

vary its speed as required. It

Whatever you choose, you’ll

and they work just fine – but

speeds up quickly to get the

enjoy a long cool summer! H

Non-inverter air-cons are

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HIRSCH’S :: HEALTH

healthily! AGEING

DR TAMARA PFEIFFER, THE WINNER OF THE MARGARET HIRSCH WOMAN IN BUSINESS ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR GAUTENG IN 2018, SPECIALISES IN SOMETHING THAT APPEALS TO US ALL – ANTI-AGEING

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50 years benefits no one except the pharmaceutical companies – but it is the new pattern of ageing, and is incredibly expensive. To be getting ill more often, to be suffering from more and more inflammation for those between 40 and 50-years-old, puts massive strain on your quality of life – not to mention the healthcare system. A study done on centenarians (people who live longer than 100 years) discovered an incredible secret. Centenarians who took part in the study only spent one-third on their healthcare

e’ve all seen the

grace, agility and flexibility unknown to

compared to those dying between the

YouTube clips of the

most 30-year-olds. And we’ve all quietly

ages of 60 and 70 years. This means

90-something-year-old

thought that could be me. Well, that

that most of us are going to spend 66%

woman competing

could and absolutely should be you!

more on healthcare than someone over

in gymnastics and

This business of getting older and

performing ballet and yoga with the

slower from the age of 25 for the next

100. How is this possible? This is called The Longevity Dividend,

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and has nothing to do with a single

100 years of life, love and adventure.

secret potion, or a magic pill. It is, very

I don’t want to sit in a nursing home

simply, the amount of time you remain

wasting away.

feeling young and agile compared to

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I want to live every moment till the end

frail – it is called your healthspan.

and have the physiology, the joints, the

Centenarians only get sicker and

energy and the excitement of a 20-year-

slower in the last three to five years of

old. Life is too short to stop living at 50.

their life, which means they are active,

We all have grandparents or even

agile and self-sufficient, and lead full and

parents who are on that slow downward

independent lives almost all the way to

decline, living in pain, their minds still

the end. It is as though they compress 40

yearning for those adventures, but their

years of illness into just a couple of short

bodies just can’t take them there. It is

years. For the rest of us, we become sore,

inhumane, unfair and for the most part

stiff and sick and become dependent on

preventable – and this does not have to

our children and their families or end up

be your future!

in nursing homes alone and frail.

It is never too early or too late to

I’m not sure about you, but I want to

change your healthspan. Today is the day

be climbing mountains at 80, walking around Paris with the love of my life, skydiving, going on roller coasters. I want

you decide – who do you want to be? ABOVE: Tamara with Margaret at the Awards Gala Dinner.

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LET’S SHOP :: EXTRACTOR FANS

 WHIRLPOOL Cooker Hood This wall mounted cooker hood is dishwasher-safe with washable aluminium grease filters and features LED lights for ideal lighting. The fan ensures a fresh, grease-free cooking environment. Exclusive 6th SENSE Sensor technology dynamically adjusts energy consumption, depending on what you are cooking. HIRSCH’S CODE: 57122

 ELICA Missy Chimney Extractor Neatly finished, this 60cm, stainless steel and ducted out chimney extractor is a neat fit in any kitchen. HIRSCH’S CODE: 62285

4 of our best EXTRACTOR FANS

AN EXTRACTOR FAN OFTEN FINISHES OFF THE LOOK OF A PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN. BUT OTHER THAN LOOKING GOOD, WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

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irsch’s sells a variety of extractor fans – also known

an open-plan kitchen? To shed some light on the matter, we

size, and how powerful should it be? Extractors come in a variety of shapes

as chimney extractors –

asked the experts to answer some of the

and sizes with different capacity motors,

from a wide selection of

most common questions customers have

but the size of the extractor should

suppliers in a variety of

asked regarding extractor fans.

correspond to the size of the cooking

shapes and sizes. But how important

What are some important factors

surface. Extractors with more powerful

are they in the kitchen, and what crucial

to keep in mind when selecting an

motors usually lead to more efficient

functions do they serve, particularly in

extractor fan for the kitchen? What

extraction, and this can be measured by

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 DEFY Curved Glass Cooker Hood This stylish, sleek glass and stainless steel cooker hood will make a statement in any kitchen! It comes with aluminium filters. HIRSCH’S CODE: 48793

 SMEG Downdraft Cooker Hood Effortlessly rid your home of all those unwanted cooking aromas with this sleek downdraft cooker hood from Smeg. It can easily clear 430m³ of air each hour, so is perfect for small kitchens. Measuring 90cm wide, it’s designed for use with large hobs. Whatever you’re making, the simple touch controls mean it’s easy to adjust the settings as well. HIRSCH’S CODE: 24349

In terms of design, what are the

the extraction rate which should be listed on the product catalogue. An important

more stylish options for extractor

consideration is the noise level produced

fans/cooker hoods available at the

by the extractor – a quieter extractor might bring some welcome relief in a noisy home. What’s the difference between a vented and non-vented extractor fan? Vented extractors duct the smoke, grease and fat in the air out through a hole in the wall. This will obviously require professional installation but offers a more effective and efficient extraction of dirty air. Non-vented extractors simply filter the dirty air and recirculate the clean air into the room. Non-vented extractors require

The sky is the limit, and a trip into Hirsch’s will prove just how many designs there are in all shapes and sizes.

moment? And which fans work best to create a statement? Here, the sky is the limit, and a trip into Hirsch’s will prove just how many designs there are in all shapes and sizes. A cooker hood can be a stunning feature in a kitchen, and downdraft extractors – which are gaining in popularity – make a great statement in any stylish kitchen. These extractors draw the air down into a filter system built in below the cooking surface. There are so many fabulous options to choose from – some

that the filters are regularly cleaned as

illustrated here – that will enhance the

well as replaced from time to time.

look of any kitchen. H

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COMMUNITY :: GIVING BACK

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he communities in which Hirsch’s operates have become accustomed to

the PR team and branch members popping in to help out in some way. There is always some form of interaction, whether it’s planting trees during Arbor Week or spending time helping out at childcentred facilities. Margaret, who heads up the Hirsch’s Foundation, loves nothing more than finding time to visit schools and helping in some way to uplift facilities.

MARGARET FULFILS WISHLIST Margaret recently popped into Blooming Kids nursery school in KwaMashu to make their wishes come true – to provide the children with tables and chairs for the classroom

back GIVING

Africa is something that Margaret firmly believes in to help the economy grow. Together with a team from Hirsch’s Fourways she recently visited Heron Bridge College for their Grade 8 Innovation Summit where

and mattresses for nap time.

teams of students had to

Hirsch’s and Cloud Nine Rest

create their own business

Assured delivered a new

concepts. The concepts

gas stove, tables, chairs and

ranged from an app that

mattresses, and were treated

assists hospitals by keeping

to a special performance put

patients’ details, to vanilla

together by the children.

and cinnamon capsules for coffee and tea.

HELPING LEARNERS BECOME ENTREPRENEURS Promoting entrepreneurship in South 46 • AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S

“It was an absolute pleasure and privilege to have been a part of today where the scholars are being taught about


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FLEDGLING ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOPS FLYING! In February this year, Hirsch’s launched a series of workshops for fledgling and well-established entrepreneurs in KZN, followed by Gauteng. The workshops started out with a handful of enthusiastic participants, but numbers have grown. In KZN the workshops are anchored by Margaret and Marlene Powell, a top business coach with ActionCOACH, with guest speakers – all experts in their relevant entrepreneurship as part

vegetables, soup, sweets,

of the curriculum. The

diapers and mattresses

entrepreneurs of this country

donated by Cloud Nine

are the capitalists who will

Rest Assured.

keep it buoyant and take the country from good to great,” she commented.

67 MINUTES AT COMPASS Mandela Day has been

TREE FOR SHAKASKRAAL PRIMARY National Arbor Week is a

HIRSCH’S SILVERLAKES PLANTS A TREE WITH NURSERY SCHOOL Hirsch’s Silverlakes taught

fields – being brought in. In Gauteng, wellknown business coach, Elsa Groenewald from ActionCOACH, anchors the events with Margaret

the seven-year-olds at

joining her when she is able

Moreleta Park Kleuterskool

to do so.

the importance of planting

What has been so

time when South Africans

trees to celebrate National

gratifying has been the

of all ages are encouraged

Arbor Week, and helped

feedback from participants.

inspiring people across

to celebrate the beauty

plant a tree which they had

People who have attended

the world to take action

and importance of trees.

donated. “The children

the series have already found

and influence change for

With this in mind, a team

were super curious about

that their businesses are

67 minutes. A team from

from Hirsch’s Ballito visited

the newcomer to their

doing so much better. The

Hirsch’s Meadowdale

Shakaskraal Primary School

environment. The tree was

sales talk was especially

branch set out to Compass

on the North Coast where

planted in the school’s

well received.

to give their 67 minutes

they donated a Wild Olive

playground and everyone

of change by providing

tree which they helped the

sang a song to commemorate

continue next year and

Compass Daycare Centre

children plant in the school

the day!” commented the

will also be rolled out in

in Edenvale with fresh

grounds.

store PRO Tsz Yan Lau.

the Cape! H

The workshops will

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etailment – being entertained in the retail environment – has become a major talking

point globally. It’s all about keeping customers and people in the community entertained in a convivial retail setting. Hirsch’s have done this so effectively over the years, with a variety of networking functions being held in all their branches. Women in Business Networking events; General Business Networking; Domestic Worker Courses; Wedding expos; Kitchen Capers, What’s Up Wednesday events – you name it, Hirsch’s will have thought of it.

happenings HIRSCH’S HAPPY

WOMEN OF WORTH Margaret started her

was held in conjunction with Standard Bank’s 2019

WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORKING

Business Achiever of the Month. The finalist for the

WOW (Women of Worth)

Women’s Wealth Academy in

dinners across the country

Durban, with entrepreneurship

to bring successful women

and innovation being the key

Business Networking event

from different backgrounds

theme of the event, hosted

is held in all the stores –

UMHLANGA: At Hirsch’s

together to share their stories

by Standard Banks Wealth &

with a guest speaker and

uMhlanga recently the CEO of

of success. In KZN recently,

Investment Head, Lisa Forster,

the announcement of the

Hey Gorgeous, Noeline Rajbally,

the WOW get-together

in her beautiful home.

Margaret Hirsch Woman In

was nominated as the Margaret

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Every month a Women in

month then goes forward to the awards ceremony that will take place in 2020.


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uMhlanga’s Business Networking morning saw Network Configuration’s directors, Iain Emerson and Wayne Erradu giving attendees a thorough run down on the latest trends in the IT sector. SILVERLAKES: Hirsch’s Centurion recently invited entrepreneurs and representatives of larger companies to attend an informative session with guest speaker Allan Hammond who has over 40 years of sales experience.

WEDDING BELLES During the year, Hirsch’s have held cook-offs with engaged couples around the country – to test their kitchencompatibility skills and help Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever finalist and will go through to the finals next year. SILVERLAKES: Anja van

DOMESTIC WORKER WORKSHOPS BALLITO: Joy Ndamase

Beek, the owner of Anja

took the title at the monthly

van Beek Consulting and

Domestic Workers Course.

Coaching, was announced as a finalist for the award. MILNERTON: Hirsch’s

SOMERSET WEST: At a recent domestic workers event the ladies were taught

Milnerton recently hosted

the basics of a computer,

the monthly meeting for

including tips and tricks

Ubambano Women SA

when using Microsoft Word,

Entrepreneurship Forum, with

allowing them to create their

a group of over 40 women

very own CV.

from around the Western Cape attending the meeting to exchange ideas and plot the way forward.

BUSINESS NETWORKING UMHLANGA: Hirsch’s

 KZN WOW group.

them win some fantastic

 Denver Naicker, Noeline Rajbally and Vino Govender.

prizes for their new homes.

 Anja van Beek and Tsz Yan Lau.

expo at Sibaya Casino saw

 Women In Business, Milnerton.

using Defy appliances from

 Shane Spencer, Joy Ndamase and Pindile Mdlulu.

KZN: A two-day wedding engaged couples battle it out Hirsch’s and limited mystery box ingredients as part of the

 Somerset West domestic workers.

challenge.

 Business NetNetworking morning at uMhlanga.

cook-off took place at the

 Hettie Mills, Allan Hammond and Marcel Mills.

with entries from around

 Winning couples with their prizes from Hirsch’s, Defy and Jenni Gault International Jewellery Design.  Happy contestants.

GAUTENG: The Gauteng Carnival City Wedding Expo, Gauteng flooding in to test their skills and compatibility in the kitchen. Sponsors were from Defy, Snappy Chef and Kitchen Aid. AT HOME WITH HIRSCH’S •

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WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAY! Every Wednesday at

treat customers to the result

art coffee machine. Pop into

– whether it be pancakes

Hirsch’s on a Wednesday for

cooked on the induction hob,

taste of something fun!

Hirsch’s branches around the

pumpkin fritters in the air-fryer

country the PR team test out

or a simple cup of delicious

a variety of appliances and

coffee made in a state-of-the-

What’s Up Wednesday at Ballito (left) and Hillcrest (right).

JOHN SMIT VISITS SAMSUNG MALL OF AFRICA The Samsung Store, which is powered by Hirsch’s, recently welcomed South African rugby legend, John Smit, in their Mall of Africa store where he spent time with fans. John Smit, Samantha Govender and Mpho Chauke.

Less time drying, more time looking fabulous.


Hot! Hotter! HOTTEST? The last 5 years are the WARMEST EVER RECORDED.* And this Summer is likely to be among the hottest! (*Information from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which has tracked global heating for 139 years.)

Fortunately, Hirsch’s have 2 great answers for a cool, comfortable Summer:

Samsung and Alliance Midwall Splits Alliance Alaskan (Non-Inverter)

Samsung Boracay (Non-Inverter)

• • • •

• • • • •

Sleek new design 4 models from 9000 to 24 000 Btu/h Heating/cooling Alliance quality, competitive pricing

9000 to 24 000 Btu Top Samsung quality Sleek design Full High Density Filter Backed by 5-year parts warranty

Alliance Mirror Finish (Inverter)

Samsung Maldives (Inverter)

• • • •

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A reflection of sheer class! 3 models Inverter economy Alliance quality, competitive pricing

9000 to 24 000 Btu Eco-friendly Saves up to 40% on electricity Top Samsung quality Allergy Care & Anti-Bacterial full HD Filter Backed by 5-year parts warranty

HIRSCH’S INVITE YOU TO COME IN AND DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS WITH OUR EXPERT STAFF. WE’LL ENSURE YOU HAVE A COOL, COMFORTABLE SUMMER.


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HIRSCH’S :: RECYCLING

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT IS KEY TO PATRICIA

P

SCHROEDER’S SUCCESS AS A BUSINESS WOMAN atricia Schroeder – the well-

“Old Fadama in the capital Accra, is a

deserved recipient of the

digital waste dump that employs more

Margaret Hirsch Woman in

than 6 000 people, including young

Business Award (2018) in KZN

children. It is the largest electronic waste

– has gone on to win several

dump in the world and is notorious as an

more awards over the last 18 months,

example of improper recycling of e-waste

mostly for the groundbreaking work she

and the environmental and health

has done on the disposal of toxic waste.

problems this entails,” says Patricia.

Patricia was recently invited by the

Patricia shared knowledge and

World Resources Forum to join a group

practical expertise with the people who

of experts in Accra, Ghana to train people

will disseminate this knowledge within the

to dispose of and recycle electronic

informal sector in this region, with the goal

and electrical waste (e-waste) in an

to eliminating the illegal activities, while

environmentally sound way.

realising the environmental and economic

“The purpose of the project was to

benefit these best practices can yield.

turn around the existing bad electronic

This successful project has already

waste practices in Ghana that have had a severe environmental impact on humans. Ghana does not have a sustainable, efficient recycling system to deal with and dispose of e-waste.

CHANGING THE FACE OF WHERE DOES OUR ELECTRONIC WASTE GO? When you throw away or give your electronic waste or old appliances to a nonlicenced illegal “recycler or refurbisher”, instead of treating it responsibly, about 80% percent of that material finds itself on an informal piece of land being burnt or stripped to cherry pick out the

had positive results in eliminating TOP: Patricia with the group of trainers in Ghana at the end of their training. ABOVE: Patricia Schroeder and Margaret Hirsch.

environmental damage and pollution in Ghana, and Patricia intends to mirror the same programme in South Africa and neighbouring countries. H

recycling

valuable parts. These parts are illegally sold to scrap dealers and end up going to countries like China, Nigeria, India, Vietnam, Pakistan. Through compliant and licenced local recyclers and treatment facilities, the value is kept within the country, and the non-valuable parts are responsibly treated and recycled with no impact to humans or the environment. Be cautious. When throwing

out electronic waste, check the company’s credentials first, and ensure you are provided with a recycling certificate (which will have the licence number on it as issued by the Department of Environmental Affairs), proving that the waste was treated compliantly and environmentally responsibly. “It is up to us as consumers to take individual action to ensure our electronic and

electrical waste (cellphones, cables, computers, household appliances and lighting) is handed over to treatment facilities such as Reclite SA. If you are not sure what to do with these old electronic items, contact Reclite SA for more information and for compliant environmentally friendly recovery and recycling. www.reclite.co.za; info@reclite.co.za

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here are loads of ways to win with Hirsch’s! If it’s not through the monthly Opt In competitions, then it’s bound to be via social media,

What’sApp, or on the radio. Hirsch’s competitions have become legendary – and suppliers have come on board with some amazing prizes over the years. Just in case you ever wondered who the lucky winners were, now’s your chance to meet them.

BALLITO:

Karen Madury was the

lucky winner of the awesome Nutribullet. Karen popped into Hirsch Ballito with her

Winning

family to collect her prize from Margaret.

WITH HIRSCH’S  FOURWAYS: The Hirsch’s Fourways Whirlpool stand was where Supreme Chef winner, Nombulelo Qabaka, collected her awesome prize – a Whirpool Supreme Chef! Nombulelo was looking forward to trying out different recipes. Pictured are Mandy Leigh Haupt from Whirlpool, Nombulelo Qabaka, Allan, and Beverly Lupke from Whirlpool.

 CENTURION: Hirsch’s Centurion

she entered by simply WhatsApping her

recently handed over a beautiful

full name and location. So easy! Pictured

Magefesa Pressure Cooker to Emmah

are Mark Duckham, Lebogang Seganye,

Seganye for a WhatsApp competition

Emmah Seganye and Tsz Yan Lau.

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WINNERS :: AT HIRSCH’S

There was great excitement at Hirsch’s Fourways when

94.7 Birthday prize – a Hisense 58” Android TV – from Margaret.

ISSUE 12 SUMMER 2019

 FOURWAYS:

Tlhologelo Mphahlele popped in to pick up his Hirsch’s/Hisense and Radio

 STRUBENS VALLEY: Hirsch’s Strubens Valley saw Patience Mosia popping in to claim her prize from Allan. She was a winner of the Radio 94.7 Birthday competition. Her prize? A 9kg Samsung washing machine.

 HYDE PARK:

Raazia Sahid

 MILNERTON:

Congratulations

 HYDE PARK:

The Woodhalls

was delighted to collect her DEFY

to Linda Smith who was the lucky

– lucky Smeg Opt In winners – were

CornerWash Dishwasher from

winner of a portable air-conditioner

welcomed to the store by Allan and

Margaret at the Hirsch’s Hyde Park

from Carrier. Margaret was at the Hirsch

Margaret, Smeg’s Lena Grobler and Steve

branch.

Milnerton branch to hand over the prize.

Brooks, and Hirsch’s Malcolm Yenkendess.

 SPRINGFIELD PARK:

 SILVERLAKES: Hirsch’s Silverlakes

 MEADOWDALE:

Nonhlanhla

Ndlovu was a lucky winner of a Smeg five burner gas stove at the Hirsch’s Meadowdale branch. She won this prize by entering the Hirsch’s/Smeg and Radio 94.7 Birthday competition.

Lucky

Hillary Osborne picked up her super

recently handed over R10 000 worth of prizes

SnoMaster ice maker from Hirsch’s

from AEG to Val Savioli, winner of the AEG

Springfield Park. She is pictured with

and Hirsch’s Opt In competition. Val was

Lindsay Starkey, Margaret, and branch

welcomed warmly by the manager Zayne

manager Joewell Pillay.

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Head Office, Distribution & Service Centre 1121 Umgeni Rd Tel: 031 582 4400 Fax: 031 564 8492 uMhlanga Tetford Circle (HOME STORE) Tel: 031 570 4000 Hirsch’s Air Tetford Circle Tel: 031 570 4000 Ballito Wimble Close Tel: 032 946 7400 Springfield Park Royal Palm Ave (SUPER STORE) Tel: 031 242 2600

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Hillcrest Old Main Rd Tel: 031 761 7500

Fourways 1 Forest Drive Tel: 011 707 8000

Cape Town Koeberg Rd, Milnerton (HOME STORE) Tel: 021 528 6700

Meadowdale Herman Rd Tel: 011 657 2400

Somerset West 7 Dynagel Rd, Firgrove Rural Cape Town Tel: 021 001 1066 Strubens Valley Cnr Hendrik Potgieter & Christian De Wet Tel: 011 858 4600 Hyde Park 226 Jan Smuts Ave Tel: 00 001 8590

Carnival, Brakpan 22 Nossob St Tel: 010 822 2050 Centurion Gateway Plaza, Cnr Sarel Baard & Old Jhb Rds Tel: 012 621 6300 Silverlakes Cnr Graham & Silverlakes Rds Tel: 012 001 2640

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