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OCTOBER 2020 ISSUE 120

THE ARCH

Share the lifestyle, live the dream, make memories Distributed to the communities of Ballito, Durban North, Gateway, La Lucia, Mt Edgecombe, Prestondale, Somerset Park, uMdloti, uMhlali, uMhlanga Ridge, uMhlanga Rocks, Zimbali


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Life just keeps getting better I ’m not sure why, but planning and working on this issue left me in a really good space, made me feel energised and optimistic about the future. Perhaps it’s because we’ve moved into level one and hopefully have turned the corner as far as Covid-19 is concerned, as we witness our businesses slowly getting back to a new normal. Perhaps it’s because summer is fast approaching – the days are warmer and longer and there are not enough hours in each day to do all the things

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I want to do. But perhaps it’s because our community offers a plethora of truly amazing people and stories to fill our pages with. Yes, that’s it. It never ceases to amaze me that issue after issue we showcase stories of hope and encouragement, success, innovative ideas and people doing selfless work to help others in our immediate and neighbouring communities. Having stayed in uMhlanga for 24 years, I have watched the area been transformed from sugarcane to bustling suburbs, witnessed complexes springing up and office blocks and shopping centres mushroom overnight. And just when you think it can’t get any better, bigger or more bespoke, it’s now time to welcome The Arch – Durban’s newest iconic landmark. Sitting majestically just below the ridge, with sweeping views of our magnificent coastline, from the city and harbour mouth in the south, all the way up the North Coast, The Arch promises “a premier destination for living your best life”. With a rooftop bar, food hall, quality retail options, apartments, hotel and offices, this is Durban living at its very best. I have so many favourite stories in this issue – from Londiwe Mazwide who is living her dream job, page 12; to Heidi Shedlock, page 16, and Ismail and Zohra Teke, page 30, who have both, in their own ways, run with the

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Celebrate with us Thank you to all our loyal advertisers who have supported The Ridge magazine throughout this year. It has been a tough one, but now with only two issues left for 2020, it’s time to look forward to an amazing festive/ holiday issue – one filled with the very best our community has to offer. To book your space and celebrate with us, contact Lynda Kapsimalis on 082 379 9912.

lockdown challenge and come out triumphant; Avatar – Durban’s newest advertising agency, page 22; and nineyear-old Romario Valentine, an environmental hero who’s heart is in the right place as he helps others, page 4. Our community is full of amazing and inspiring people – every one unique and special in their own way. We are so privileged to be surrounded by such talent, and I hope you will enjoy reading this issue as much as I have enjoyed working on it. And don’t forget to send in your story ideas – it’s what makes this magazine yours!

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GROUP EDITOR Doody Adams EDITOR Lorna King DESIGNER Kyle Griffin SALES CONSULTANT Lynda Kapsimalis (082 379 9912) DISTRIBUTION Mphumzeni Thusi Enquiries: sumayia.khan@famouspublishing.co.za ACCOUNTS Sumayia Khan CONTRIBUTORS Les Abercrombie, Katrine Anker-Nilssen, Greg Ardé, Gareth Bailey, Candice Botha, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Cathy Clark, Lee Currie, Ant Ellis, Shirley le Guern, Anne Schauffer 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 uMhlanga, La Lucia, Zimbali, Mount Edgecombe, Ballito, Gateway, La Lucia Mall, the Crescent, the office parks, the residential estates and, of course, all our advertisers, thank you for your continued support

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COMMUNITY DURBAN'S NEW BEST THING

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An amazing lifestyle at The Arch

BRINGING DREAMS TO LIFE ARTISTIC VENTURE

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GET YOUR GLAMP ON

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ED’S LETTER TAKE NOTE TRENDING LAST WORD

Preparing for retirement

MIKE DOWSLEY Suncoast’s visionary retires

IDEAS THAT MOVE PEOPLE

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Avatar DBN looks to the future The ABC logo is a valued seal of trust, providing measurement, compliance and auditing services which protects the way advertising is traded. The Ridge is ABC audited and certified.

A PASSION FOR HEALING

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Lockdown lessons lead to new restaurant

FIRST OF THE SUMMER WINES

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Dr Garatt Hamilton

TASTE OF TURKEY

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Enjoy summer entertaining

THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME What shape will our property recovery be?

GO WITH THE FLOW

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Easy living fashion

Heidi Shedlock’s online teaching

STEPPING OFF THE TREADMILL

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Lisa Walters shares her top six decor tips

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Nine-year-old Romario Valentine is an active child environmentalist who dreams of becoming a scientist. It all started three years ago when he embarked on a “Save Our Ocean” project, cleaning the beach once a week with his parents. Three years later, and prior to Covid-19, Romario regularly visited the Umgeni River Bird Park, which inspired him to develop a love for birds, resulting in him painting many of his favourite species. When he heard about the impact of the lockdown on the bird park and other wildlife sanctuaries, Romario created a crowdfunding account on BackABuddy to allow his friends, family, and eco-warrior fans to donate to his campaign in lieu of presents for his birthday back in July. As of August 2020, Romario has raised a staggering R32,121. The Umgeni River Bird Park curator, Tarryn Bristow, recently

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invited Romario to the bird park where he was presented with a Certificate of Excellence by the Education and Awareness Programme Co-ordinator, Grant Aggett-Cox. In September this year Romario became the youngest ambassador for Ocean Sole in Kenya. They recycle flip flops found on the beaches and turn them into marine and wildlife

{SUPPORT LOCAL} art sculptures. They selected Romario because he is an active eco-warrior making a difference to the planet. What an inspiration to everyone in our community. Thank you Romario. FOR MORE INFO: @ArtistRomario; To donate to this cause, go to: www.backabuddy.co.za/romario-valentine

who do things differently and forge their own paths,” says founding owner of Truman & Orange, Rowan Leibbrandt. The Sexton is made with 100% Irish malted barley, distilled in copper pot stills and exclusively matured in handselected first-, second- and third-fill Oloroso sherry casks to achieve a perfect balance between rich dried fruits, and memorable toasted oak notes

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to offer a smooth finish. The rich, sophisticated liquid is matched by its striking, hexagonal dark bottle, which tells its own multi-faceted story. The bottle requires a strong grip mirroring the bold essence of those who drink and choose to serve it. FOR MORE INFO: R499 a bottle, available at reputable bottle stores, or buy it online at Grooveco.co.za.


Thuli And THE SEED OF TRUTH Inspired by the hopeful morality of Thuli Madonsela, and her desire to make the world a better place, local KZN artist Angelika Anastasis has penned her first children’s book about a young heroine named Thuli – and it couldn’t come at a more relevant time as our country stands together to fight the war waged against South

Africa’s women and children. Thuli And The Seed Of Truth is a tale about a girl named Thuli who becomes a legend. She finds something magical, which helps her and others find their way through a dark forest. A true celebration of girl heroes. Artist and writer Angelika Anastasis is inspired by women, focusing on their strengths and uplifting them through their vulnerabilities. Her work portrays mostly women, with each piece relating a compelling story about the woman portrayed. Everyone has a story. This principle lead to the creation of Thuli And The Seed Of Truth. FOR MORE INFO: Thuli And The Seed Of Truth is available for R160 via the author’s website: www.angelikaanastasis.com, or from major booksellers. A portion of proceeds from each sale will go towards educating children.

Know your NUMBERS HANDY PHONE NUMBERS FOR USEFUL SERVICES IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD  NORTH DURBAN

VICTIM SUPPORT SERVICES: (formerly Durban North/Umhlanga Crisis Team). Trauma debriefing: 066 483 8589  NO WATER? SIZA WATER: 032 946 7200  POISON INFORMATION 24-HOUR HELPLINE: (includes medication, toxic substances snake and spider bites): 0861 555 777  POWER FAILURE: 032 437 5081  TO REPORT INJURED MONKEYS: Monkey Helpline: 082 659 4711/ 082 411 5444  CONCERNS ABOUT TREATMENT OF ANIMALS – SPCA: 031 579 6500  TO REPORT POTHOLES AND BURST WATER PIPES: 080 131 3013  SNAKE CATCHERS: Jason Arnold 082 745 6375 Neville Wolmarans 082 561 4969  TO REMOVE BEES: Honey Bee Removals: 084 594 1122  WHALES AND DOLPHINS (beached and well as entangled in shark nets). Sharks Board: 031 566 0400

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Kitchen In The CLOUD For all fans of a juicy steak, the first Butcher Block Express restaurant recently opened in Aurora’s Courtyard in uMhlanga. Owned by Jay Ramnundlal, Jay has also just launched the first Kitchen in the Cloud concept in South Africa. “This pandemic has accelerated and cemented changes in consumer behaviour when it comes to food delivery, so we’ve come up with a completely different business line – Kitchen in the Cloud. This will include new brands such as Butcher Block Express, Abruzzo, Seafood Heaven, Biltong & Droewors, Curries from Heaven, and partnered with Black (wine) as well as Patisserie Du Maroc,” says Jay. So what exactly is Kitchen in the Cloud? Cloud kitchens are commercial facilities purposebuilt to produce food specifically for delivery. They are an evolution of the restaurant model that is meant for off-premise dining – allowing restaurants to prepare food solely for delivery. Virtual restaurant brands are only found on third-party delivery apps like Uber Eats, Mr D and Dryvar Foods. So be safe, stay at home and order everyone’s favourite meal from Kitchen in the Cloud. FOR MORE INFO: Connect with Butcher Block online at www.butcherblock. co.za or email us on reuben@butcherblock. co.za to find out more about franchise opportunities.

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KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP Heart STUFF Founded in 2014, Heart Stuff is an island lifestyle brand that is now available in the recently opened Concept Store in Durban North as well as continuing with an online store that ships worldwide. Ladies can come in for a blow wave at The Dry Bar, choose an outfit, have their make-up done and walk out feeling beautiful and ready for any occasion.

The clothes celebrate an easy-to-wear style and are designed for babes who embrace each day, want to feel beautiful, playful, vibrant and capture an effortless feminine feel in a true bohemian way. Look out for updated styles as well as unique prints on a weekly basis. Celebrate summer – with “love, hearts and stuff!” FOR MORE INFO: 36 Kenneth Kaunda Rd, Durban North; Heartstuff.co.za; @heartstuffsa

Deserving WIN The Harvest Table has been awarded the Health Supplement Business of the Year at the 2020 Corporate LiveWire Prestige Awards. The awards recognise small- and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months. “We were thrilled when we got the news! It’s truly rewarding to receive an award for something we believe so much in. This has been a challenging time for many businesses, but we were fortunate enough to continue producing top quality products for our customers,” said Catherine Clark, owner and founder of The Harvest Table. “We are interested in more than just the bottom line and endeavour to give our customers an experience that leaves them feeling healthier and motivated to continue making better food choices every day,” Catherine says. She adds that remaining earthconscious, educating customers, and providing products that are additive-, preservative- and filler- free, is truly at the heart of their brand.

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NEW! Skin Solutions A new skincare range has just been launched to combat the emergence of skin-related concerns associated with wearing a face mask for prolonged periods. According to uMhlanga aesthetic doctor Parushinee Naidoo, her medical-grade skincare range consists of a Rejuvenating

Cleansing Gel, Sheer Hydration Lotion, Intensive Moisturising Cream, Clarifying Serum and Cellular Rejuvenating Complex. “I normally treat pigmentation, acne, dehydrated and sundamaged skin, but the increased number of patients presenting with “Mask-ne” (acne associated with wearing a mask), required a different approach to what was currently available,” said Parushinee. “Wearing face masks will change the skin conditions we get, as well as the way we treat and manage our skin. The skincare routine that we use will have to be focused on repairing and maintaining a healthy skin barrier, in order to prevent and treat Mask-ne,” she said. “The philosophy of Skin Solutions is to help people feel comfortable in their own skins. It is not about beauty but rather about optimising the health of your skin.” FOR MORE INFO: Products are available from Skin Solutions, 4A The Boulevard, 19 Park Lane, uMhlanga; 031 001 0877; 066 241 2161

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WELCOME TO THE ARCH – DURBAN’S NEWEST ICONIC LANDMARK AND A PREMIER DESTINATION FOR LIVING, WORKING, STAYING, PLAYING AND SAVOURING THE BEST LIFE HAS TO OFFER, WRITES GREG ARDÉ

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nce upon a time uMhlanga Village was a honey pot for Durban’s well-heeled, the hoity-toity, the hipsters and even the hoi polloi when they had a bit of cash to burn. But now there’s a new kid on the block – actually a whole new block – and it threatens to be the talk of eThekwini. The spectacular uMhlanga Arch has opened with a mind-boggling array of new offerings on a dazzling piece of real estate. The Arch is gifted by virtue of its position, between Gateway and the Village, with commanding views of the city and the sea. For those unfamiliar with the development, here’s a quick summary of its component parts: an office complex above a SMG motor dealership, the Hilton Garden Inn, a 21-floor residential tower, crowned by The Pencil, a members club, making this the highest point in eThekweni. Behind the iconic glass arch wrapped around an open grass yard is a boutique retail component with a food hall that promises to be a sensory delight. The flagship Hilton Garden Inn has over 200 suites, a business and fitness centre and outdoor pool. The residential block has 187 apartments. This includes 30 lofts of 65m² each and 157 apartments upwards of 95m².

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Only 11 apartments are left for sale, and Arch developers Chris du Toit and Marc Rosenberg say sale prices average R31 000/m². The apartments boast high-end finishes and both the hotel and residences have a range of smart technologies for security, including face recognition and a mobile phone app to control appliances like WiFi, lights, TV and air-conditioners. The office component – structured around the iconic glass arch and opposite the residential and hotel towers, has tenants like Emirates, Alpha Wealth Investment Company, 91 Asset Management (Investec), Pegasus Wealth, Remax, IFS, Custom Capital, and the Arch developers, the Multiply Group. Construction on uMhlanga Arch began two

It is a carefully curated offering with nine artisanal food and beverage entrepreneurs offering a mouth-watering array of tastes”

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years ago and the R1,3-billion development is architecturally distinct and brings together a live, work and play concept that should prove highly aspirational. Much of the Arch’s ethos will be defined by the highly curated retail and recreational High Street with shops, bars and restaurants. The retail experience – and the subject of another story all on its own – is as highly customised as the food offering with a London, High Street feel. Sphere Design and Architecture spearheaded the Legacy Yard and Back Yard projects, the food hall and rooftop bar. Sphere’s Rupert Spence and Rhett Roberts were asked to prepare a concept that included multiple vendors with a unique offering to anchor uMhlanga Arch’s recreational node. »

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The food hall is flanked by the grass yard on one side and stunning views on the other – taking in the city, uMhlanga and the ocean. “The first task was to reimagine the structure into a more transparent, open space with a wrap-around large seating area on the yard side and also a rooftop bar and viewing deck,” says Rupert. A central atrium with staircase was created to integrate the upper and lower levels and also to allow light to permeate through the building. Easy flow from the yard into the venue, through and up to the rooftop was key. Rupert says the interior was designed as “easy going with well-presented vendor spaces” with a Durban flavour. Each had to be different in terms of concept, detailing and finishes and that presented the biggest challenge. “We want visitors to be treated with the unexpected and to be visually excited as they navigate through the space.” The food hall has beautiful, big murals created by Durban graffiti artist Damn Vandal. The interesting spaces have a chic, designer bazaar feel with an interesting business model. Chris and Marc say that instead of renting out space, they sought out dynamic owner managed artisanal food vendors,

We want visitors to be treated with the unexpected and to be visually excited as they navigate through the space”

passionate entrepreneurs with a bespoke offering aimed at energising the experience. “We wanted to customise your experience here,” says Marc, adding that there are a host of great franchises at Gateway and in the Village but that The Arch is focused on niche versus commodity. The developers also turned to Bryan Pietersen for help – the brother of the famous cricketer owns one of London’s most famous experimental cocktail bars, Purl, in Marylebone. He is pioneering the novel eatery offering in the food hall. “It is a carefully curated offering with nine artisanal food and beverage entrepreneurs offering a mouthwatering array of tastes,” says Pietersen. Among the offerings is a sushi and oyster bar, a burger/barbeque smokehouse, a rotisserie chicken outlet, a pizzeria, a cafe and deli, Indian street food, an ice-cream parlour and a health bar. Pietersen says the offering distinguishes itself from others because of the emphasis on authentic food and the cultural variety of cuisines. “We have mixed experienced vendors with passionate foodies to create a mix that Durban has never showcased before.” Pietersen says he hopes to achieve an environment that is a multicultural celebration, a place where people can come and enjoy the taste of eThekwini or enjoy the view and cocktails while listening to the best live music on offer. A fusion of experiences and ultimately of what Durban has to offer.

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THE HISTORY OF DPHS IS STEEPED IN TRADITION, LEADERSHIP AND INTEGRITY, AND IS AIMED AT PREPARING THE YOUNG BOY FOR LIFE

cademics and culture, sport and sportsmanship, discipline and support – these are the pillars of DPHS. From the nerves of Grade R to the emotions of the final Grade 7 bell-ringing ceremony, our school is focused on the journey of our boys and their lives thereafter. With 110 years of quality education and a reputation for excellence, DPHS is a boys’ preparatory school steeped in tradition, where progressive thinking equips our young boys to meet the challenges and opportunities they face in this ever-changing world. The history of DPHS dates back to 1910, when DHS Headmaster, A.S. Langley, believed the high school needed a preparatory section. This was established in the old St Thomas’ Church hall near DHS, with the first Headmaster Harry Stubbs. The school was relocated to Gordon Road in 1913, and consisted of a hall and 10 classrooms from Grades 3 to 8. In 1951 and 1967 respectively, the Grade 3 and Grade 8 classes were phased out with DPHS becoming a senior primary school; 21 years later in, 1988, our junior primary (Grades 1 to 3) was introduced. In 1994 we established our first Grade R classes at the Claribel Road campus. With 993 years of combined teaching experience, DPHS has had a number of

memorable staff throughout its history. One of our longest serving staff members was Maurice Wilkinson, who taught woodwork at Prep for 57 years. In his honour our school hall is known as the Maurice Wilkinson Hall. The well-mannered boys learn leadership and develop high levels of integrity, in an environment which provides a down to earth yet highly professional approach to education – in perfect balance – sport and sportsmanship, academics, culture, and a cross-cultural understanding and acceptance. The DPHS Educational Trust has assisted with numerous developments and improvements to the school facilities resulting in a modern yet traditional school offering 21st century skills. Participation is the founding principle of the DPHS approach to sport. It is our school’s belief that every boy should have the opportunity to wear school colours on the sports field and enjoy the intrinsic rewards of playing sport and of representing his school. Our school motto, Debile principium melior fortuna sequetur, means “From small beginnings better fortune follows.” On reflection, our history shows that we are fulfilling this vision in every way, as we continue to prepare our boys for life. FOR MORE INFO 031 312 2154; marketing@dphs.co.za; www.dphs.co.za

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t doesn’t matter what mood you’re in when you meet uMhlanga resident Londiwe Mazwide, you’ll leave in a good one. She’s an events designer and planner extraordinaire, and from that very first interaction, you’ll see she’s as fired up about your function as you are. That’s a great feeling. Londiwe Mazwide is the founder and owner of Andimahle Building Events. Married to Sanele Ngcobo, they’re partners in Sandakahle Events – Sanele handles logistics and infrastructure like marquees and floors, and Londi takes over from there. Londi knew in matric that eventing would be her passion: “I studied business economics, and loved the business aspect. I set my sights on owning my own eventing business.” She sought advice from the career guidance department at Durban University of Technology, and was a little surprised they suggested marketing management. One of the modules was events management. The combination of business economics and events management provided all the skills she needed for the business she knew she’d start. But first, she worked for the Department of Agriculture, and after a year was managing government functions: “I handled small events, and I loved running around, paying attention to detail, making sure all was perfect.” A grin, “But I

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Bringing dreams to LIFE A DELICATELY SUSPENDED WEDDING CAKE, FLOWERS AND PLANTS SO LUSH IT’S A GLORIOUS TROPICAL JUNGLE, OR A VIRTUAL UBER-STYLISH HIGH TEA … THERE’S NOTHING DYNAMIC LONDIWE MAZWIDE OF ANDIMAHLE BUILDING EVENTS CAN’T OR WON’T DO. IF YOU CAN DREAM IT, SHE CAN BRING IT TO LIFE, WRITES ANNE SCHAUFFER

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ABOVE: Londiwe Mazwide – a woman with big dreams and the passion to turn any event into an extraordinary talking point.

don’t like being told what to do.” Londi met Sanele when she hired a marquee, and from that meeting, came a marriage and a business partnership. She laughs, “Sanele was clear. He said, ‘I’m not running around looking for flowers, you handle that side of things’.” So she did. Londi understood the

events industry, and the value of connections. She put all her energy into building relationships with suppliers: “My business is 12 years old, and some suppliers have been with me from the outset. Once you really understand each other, that relationship is invaluable. If you want a sustainable

business, ethics is everything. Put other people’s problems before your own … pay your suppliers first, support them, and they’ll do likewise to you.” Standing the test of time has been a challenge faced by so many businesses during Covid-19. For Londi, an eventing business – when you couldn’t

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throw any – was a challenge. But challenges are her thing. Her florist has been with her from the start, and she’d long wanted Londi to collaborate on a business around Luxury Floral Boxes: “I didn’t really have the capacity, nor did I want to lose focus,” says Londi. But lockdown had everyone shifting focus. Flowers in a box were perfect, and as she says, “We’re hardly sleeping we’re so busy.” Londiwe’s research around eventing intensified over lockdown. She taught herself to operate in the social media space, and manages all those platforms herself. She has 157 000 followers on Instagram, 28 600 followers for Andimahle Building Events, and posts relentlessly. Eventing trends are constantly changing, and she follows a number of »

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international events planners for inspiration: “Innovation is everything. I collaborate with young Born Frees/digital natives/Generation Zs – I keep them close to my business so as to learn new and fresh ideas from them. You need a teachable spirit, otherwise you’ll get left behind. I never stop learning.” Londi is a firm believer in constant self-improvement, and still attends events management master classes: “You need to have clear direction for your business – I can have all the equipment in the world, but without fresh new ideas on how to use them, I’m going to sink.” For Londi, relationships

I can have all the equipment in the world, but without fresh new ideas on how to use them, I’m going to sink” with her clients are long. It might begin with a birthday party, an engagement, or even a wedding – but from there, Londi is committed to a lifetime of events with that person. Yes, it’s business, but she loves the friendships too. Her team handles much of the admin and behind-the-scenes work, but for the initial consultation,

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Londi is always there: “I need a connection with the client.” The client fills in the required Intake Form with everything from guest numbers to the mood they’d like – but Londi makes certain they have the experience they envisage: “If they want romance, that’s what they’ll have. Everyone at that event will walk away talking

about romance.” From 500 people at a grand wedding, to 10 people at a curated dinner party complete with lavish floral arrangements and a private chef, Londi’s done them all. The wonderful part for her of course, is the creative side – the colours, the decor, detailed design, unique items – she even travels to source unique

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decor items. And if you’re wondering about virtual events, Londiwe has it down to a T – high tea via Zoom. The host or hostess has a glam curated setting, while guests are given a dress code, with the colour theme, food they need to provide for themselves, even suggestions for balloons. For birthdays, when the birthday girl logs in, all the guests are virtually there. There are gift cards sent via mail or Whatsapp, opened in front of the guests. After 12 years, does Londi still love her brand and her work? Undoubtedly. So does everyone else. She smiles, “Your reputation is everything – sustaining that keeps you on your toes. You can’t falter, because your next client is at that wedding.” Any further dreams? “Oh yes, I want my own wedding venue. I like to dream big. I know I would fill it every month, all year round.” Confidence, too, is her key to success.

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Waterfall Online has grown from Waterfall College – a small school, built on a foundation of Christian values and ethics. The College is known for its small classes and exceptional teachers, and has achieved a 100% IEB matric pass rate 16 years running. Waterfall Online will run independently from the campus school, but share this same ethos. The benefits of online learning are extensive and include refined critical-thinking and complex problem-solving skills, improved virtual communication and collaboration (vital for the world of work), and the opportunity for a family-defined learning environment. A structured programme, supervised daily by qualified teachers who are passionate about the opportunities of digital learning, will see students engaged in interactive lessons with teachers and fellow students. Subjects for Grades 6 to 9 include English,

Afrikaans, isiZulu, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Technology, Arts and Culture and Life Orientation. Grade 10s will be able to select from English, Afrikaans or isiZulu, Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy, Life Orientation, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, History, Geography and Business Studies. Regular collaborative group sessions will extend the educational experience and promote positive relationships, covering topics from study skills to personal development, Christian values and community connection. Teachers and guest speakers will promote a positive sense of self, while encouraging students to pursue a healthy lifestyle, balancing physical fitness, culture, service and leadership. This provides a platform for genuine engagement and for a sense of belonging. Every child is encouraged to contribute to the school experience, and parents will receive weekly reports on their child’s progress in order to participate meaningfully in their child’s education. To find out how you can start your exciting journey with Waterfall Online, visit waterfallonlineschool.com today. FOR MORE INFO hello@waterfallonlineschool.com; 031 710 1834

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urban North artist Heidi Shedlock has been trailblazing online for years, starting with her Paintings in the Post project in 2013 when she painted small canvases daily and sold them via her blog. They were snapped up, many by international buyers, and her online presence on social media grew rapidly as a result. She has sold paintings via her website and social media accounts and online galleries, too, and now, she has taken another step into the digital world by launching her online Creative Community Studio. “After almost 20 years of teaching inperson art classes and creative workshops, I have been wanting to explore how I might reach and help a broader creative community. The idea had been on my mind for a long time,” she explains. “When lockdown arrived, I suddenly had the time to put it into motion as well as realising that South Africans were more interested in exploring online learning now.” The idea behind the Creative Community Studio is to use her expertise and experience as a qualified teacher – who has run art classes from home for years

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ARTIST HEIDI SHEDLOCK’S ONLINE CREATIVE COMMUNITY STUDIO TEACHES SKILLS WHILE BUILDING CONFIDENCE, WRITES CANDICE BOTHA – alongside her work as a successful professional artist, to create a community of people who want to get in touch with their own creativity and learn not only painting techniques but also how to maximise the creative process. “I wanted to connect particularly with people who may not have the time, money or the confidence to attend an in-person art class,” explains Heidi. She certainly covers the skills required of an artist but also pays close attention to building confidence in

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her students and teaching them how to express their own artistic vision. “If you have always felt too self-conscious, introverted or ‘not good enough’ to attend in-person workshops, this is the place for you. I am a natural introvert who works hard at this, so I understand completely. No art police here and you can interact as or when you want to, but obviously the more you join in, the more you will benefit.” Heidi’s Creative Community Studio is an online, monthly membership with unlimited

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RIGHT: Adapting to the times – Heidi’s online Creative Community Studio has become popular with people locally as well as internationally. access to all classes and content (think Netflix for art) for as long as you are a member. “Membership includes access to a private Facebook group where you’ll be able to interact with our creative community, view all saved lessons and resources, participate in live events (or watch them later), and share your own work and ideas,” she explains. Although she is a celebrated floral artist, Heidi’s intention with the community is not

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to teach people to paint in her style, but rather to encourage the development of members’ own creativity. “One of my favourite elements of the community is the monthly book club. Each month we focus on a book that is too inspiring not to share,” she says. Although aimed at a South African audience, Heidi has been thrilled to have artists from the USA, Australia, Botswana, Mauritius and Spain join the community as well, with members enjoying getting to know one another, encouraging each other and sharing creative inspiration from their own experiences. “The teacher in me is so satisfied to see people developing skills and finding talents they didn’t know they had. Teaching is all about helping people to become better at something and the Community has been so rewarding,” she says. Heidi hosts a weekly Zoom session where members can interact, and there is a lively Facebook group. “The supportive, private, Community Facebook group is where you can share work, ask for feedback or guidance and just generally connect with other like-minded creatives who have your back and want you to succeed!” she says.

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FOR MORE INFO Heidishedlock.com; heidishedlock@gmail.com; Membership for new members reopens in November, so be in touch with Heidi to be added to the waiting list.

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lanning. It’s what we do – all for the future. It gives us a comforting sense of certainty. Whether it’s university for the kids, a bucket-list trip, or pension savings. We plan ahead, so we have life’s landmarks well covered. And what about retirement? We feel a little uneasy about it – something we’ll think about tomorrow or the day after. But we shouldn’t see it like that. It’s another important landmark in life, which we can bed down to our satisfaction, just like the others. Retirement means very different things today than it did yesterday. It also means different things to different people. But what is absolutely certain is, if we make decisions now, we have choices. Our own choices – not forced decisions or moves. We can hand-pick a retirement solution that makes us happy, and meets our needs. It’s that simple. Which kind of retiree do you see yourself as? No longer working, and playing golf or bridge whenever you fancy? Fired up to start an entrepreneurial online business? Excited to finally travel now you’ll both be free to do so? Alone, but seeking the companionship of a community? The list is long, but no matter which kind of retiree, be the one to choose your future, on your own terms. Everyone has a list of priorities. Like proximity to family, accommodation for

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of-the-art Totalcare medical facility and professional staff – over 100 beds – right on your property. One press of your panic button, and you’re totally cared for. You might never need it, but it’s there, just in case. Comforting. At Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village, retirement can be whatever you want it to be. You’ll be part of a multigenerational community who may play golf or canasta, cycle or surf. One thing’s for sure, there’ll be your kind of retiree there too. Come and see for yourself – it’s your retirement after all.

INTERPRETATION OF THE WORDS “RETIREE” AND “RETIREMENT” HAVE SHIFTED DRAMATICALLY IN THE PAST DECADE. SO, WHAT KIND OF RETIREE ARE YOU, AND HOW DO YOU VISUALISE YOUR RETIREMENT?

them, a patch of garden to tend, a golf course next door, walking trails and, of course, a fact of life – convenient medical attention on site should, or if, you ever need it. Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village is a secure, supremely attractive gated estate, accommodating whichever kind of retirement you want. Right from the outset, the developers have listened keenly to current and prospective residents, and been open and pliable to create the lifestyle that the wide range of retirees seek. It’s a thriving

community, and the lifestyle evolves along with them. It’s simply about making residents happy. Mount Edgecombe Retirement Village has a number of natural advantages – the glorious landscape and environment means trails, walks, bird watching, and scenic surrounds are a given. And its position – right in the heart of the Mount Edgecombe and uMhlanga community, so you’re not tucked away or isolated. A stone’s throw from everything, really. And then there’s the state-

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Totalcare – fully built and equipped 112 bed state-ofthe-art facility, on the estate. Panic buttons linked to healthcare, in each unit. Very welcoming of family visitors, with high teas and community events. Club house. 14km of wide-open spaces, walking/jogging trails. Access to Kindlewood Estate facilities. Pet friendly. Membership of Mount Edgecombe Country Club golf course. www.merv.co.za


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ome people dream of retirement, others dread it. But, like death and taxes, retirement comes to us all. And, whether you are a dreamer or a “dreader”, adaptation to the change tends to impact your life in unexpected ways. If possible, it is often a good idea to ease oneself into the change by working part-time. Many of us are not ready to retire at the obligatory 65 (the new 50) and negotiate with our employer to work on a contract basis for a set wage and days per week. This is first prize – enabling you to have cash flow and free time to start a hobby or play sport. If a contract is not possible, review your skill set and find some parttime work to bring in a bit extra, but again leaving you free time to do your own thing. Alternatively, you may be like me and long for one, last grand adventure. So, when my husband came home from meeting with old colleagues one day and asked if I’d be interested in going to live in Oman for three years, without a second thought I replied, “Yes, of course, but tell me, where exactly is Oman?” And so, at nearly 70, started three of the most interesting and enriching years of our lives. Unfortunately, there are very few of us who are able to comfortably retire in our 60s, play golf four times a week, eat out whenever the mood takes us, visit children overseas, and travel as often as we wish. Retiring means you suddenly have to live debt-free on a fixed income – and the reality of that only really bites once you are retired. No matter how well you may have planned for your retirement and regularly paid your taxes, death is unpredictable and many retirees end up outliving their income. So be sure, from the outset, to live within your means and limit financial risk. With all that said and done, retirement is certainly not all doom and gloom. In fact, it’s probably one of the best times of your life.

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RETIREMENT IS NOT ALL DOOM AND GLOOM, SAYS LES ABERCROMBIE, BUT LIKE IT OR NOT, IT HAPPENS TO ALL OF US

It’s nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese – Gene Perret You find yourself mellowing, smelling the roses, talking to strangers – you start doing things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time – be it gardening, learning to play bridge, learning a new craft. You have greater opportunity to interact with your grandchildren and marvel at their growth and development. You also have the time to really play with them – something you may have missed out on in the frenetic parenting

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process when bringing up your own children. And then there are the marvellous, complicated road trips visiting little dorpies and places of interest, getting lost and not caring because it doesn’t matter if you get to your destination a day late or delay your return by a week because some new friend has suggested another “must-see” in the area. You reconnect with old friends and make a few new ones, you adjust to a new rhythm, your hair turns silver, knees start to creak and your laugh lines deepen. So what! Don’t fear age, embrace it. Make this life-stage one of enrichment and joy. Work at keeping physically fit, mentally alert and love unconditionally. And remember, quality beats quantity every time!

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here’s a monkey – Curious George – on the couch in Mike Dowsley’s office deep in the bowels of Durban’s entertainment mecca. The soft toy and the office say a lot about Dowsley, a modest and engaging man at the forefront of hospitality in eThekwini. In October, Dowsley, 57, will retire, ending 17 years at the helm of the casino and a 32-year career in corporate. Dowsley oversaw the R1,6-billion upgrade to the casino, which is a place he takes pride in describing as one of the city’s most loved. Before Covid about 800 000 people visited Suncoast every month. The casino employs 1 400 people alone, and its restaurants, bars, shops, theatre and cinemas create work for hundreds more. It is also the biggest contributor to annual gambling taxes in KZN and in VAT and corporate taxes. Describing Dowsley is useful in movie terms. He’s more like Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman than Robert de Niro in Casino. Dowsley didn’t work himself up from card dealer to pit boss, and though keenly attuned to the numbers of the lucrative business, realises the ecosystem of an entertainment destination must work in sync to be successful. Movies hype the gangster element of a business that is so highly monitored, the offices of the regulator are inside the casino. The showbiz element is exciting, but Dowsley is energised by people. He talks with warmth and affection. He

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SUNCOAST’S CEO MIKE DOWSLEY, A VISIONARY WHO LED A TEAM OF ALMOST 2 000 PEOPLE FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES, IS ABOUT TO RETIRE, WRITES GREG ARDÉ

prizes personal development because he has worked for companies that invested in him. He was raised in Johannesburg and has commerce and law degrees from Wits University, in part sponsored by the mining company Goldfields, a company that gave the ambitious youngster intensive management training and

saw him appointed as human resource director at the age of 35. He left to become operations director of the fledgling Incredible Connection. Five years later he worked with a coach for over nine months to find his next career challenge at Tsogo Sun. “This job was the perfect fit for me. I’m a firm believer in what you speak and believe

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manifesting.” Dowsley relished getting the best out of people. In his business it has been integral: The casino brings in the majority of Suncoast’s revenue but only a fraction of visitors go there for gambling alone. Research puts addictive gamblers at 1%, but most people want a flutter – rolling dice, playing slots or the card tables – escapism and extravaganza. The experience has to be “transformational not transactional”. Dowsley’s joy has been in motivating people to provide that. He tried to create a platform for success, and as he grew in the job he worried less about staff coming to him with problems. It wasn’t up to him to solve them. He had to empower them to solve problems themselves. The process taught him humility, interdependence and vulnerability. “Those things invite knowledge, reliance and create trust. If they passed me the monkey I gave them Curious George. I was able to build a great team with complementary skills. People who make mistakes and disagree respectfully will grow and learn to take care of the monkey themselves.” As a young man Dowsley set a goal to retire at 53 after his son and daughter got the best education he could give them. Four years after his goal date, he doesn’t know what he will do now. But as he doesn’t want to irritate his wife Gail, he probably won’t stop working or coaching.

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MORE OUT OF RETIREMENT FOR LESS THAN YOU THINK

IT TURNS OUT, YOU CAN PUT A PRICE ON YOUR DREAM RETIREMENT AND WITH US, IT’S AN AFFORDABLE ONE… At Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village and celebrated coastal gem located in Scottburgh, KwaZulu-Natal, we deliver unmatched value that goes beyond price alone. Our Reversionary Transfer Obligation model (similar to Life Rights) gives you the most for your money so that you can retire the way you’ve always wanted to. From as little as R1.64 million, you’ll get more than just stunning views, spectacular finishes and a well-designed home that celebrates the best of Mother Nature and indoor/outdoor living. You’ll be enjoying our laid-back lifestyle, inclusive community, state-of-the-art security and glorious weather. Our popular Phase 5 is going fast and every home is now available at RTO prices. Want to live the holiday the way our residents do? Book your private tour complete with strict health and safety measures when you email sales@renishawhills.co.za or take our virtual tours on www.renishawhills.co.za.

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he local advertising agency landscape is inordinately competitive and highly territorial and we believe that the landing of a major, blackowned and award-winning network agency in Durban’s economy is new evidence that we can grow and compete strategically and creatively with the best in the country.” That’s according to Mount Edgecombe resident Antony Ellis, managing director of Avatar DBN which emerged after the acquisition of a 51% stake in Durban’s leading integrated independent agency, Espresso, by Avatar Agency Group, the largest fully blackowned agency group in South Africa. Antony co-founded Espresso with Natalie French in 2001. After spending

A major, blackowned and awardwinning network agency in Durban’s economy is new evidence that we can grow and compete strategically and creatively" time at major global advertising networks respectively, the partners created Espresso to fulfil their belief that there was a better way of producing great brand work across ever-changing consumer needs and communication channels. “We still feel the same way, and the move to Avatar is essentially about us walking that talk, taking the critical steps to evolve and advance our offering. This is of tremendous importance to us, both personally and professionally. “Firstly, to know that what we have built over 19 years of commitment to our code has value outside of our immediate ecosystem is both emboldening and

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FROM LEFT: Veli Ngubane, Group Chief Creative Officer, Zibusiso Mkhwanzi, Group CEO, Antony Ellis, Managing Director, Durban, and Natalie French, Executive Creative Director, Durban.

humbling. Secondly, to know that as a part of the group we have a dynamic new set of resources to offer our clients in both online and offline spaces is extremely exciting,” he explains. The rationale behind the move during one of South Africa’s most difficult economic times was not only a decision by the highly entrepreneurial Avatar to spread its wings into a new region, but also a move towards developing an integrated skills offering through partnerships. “While we see the continued pressure of Covid-19 on media and advertising spend in general, research indicates an upsurge in food brand investment. Espresso’s FMGC expertise, combined with Avatar’s digital pedigree and broad market insight will bring something truly unique for our clients,” says Zibusiso Mkhwanazi, Group CEO of M&N Brands. Antony described the new partnership as a step-change. “For us as an agency, it is about diversity, inclusion and growth in a modern South African business context. We are committed to embracing, nurturing and growing our local skills, talents and attitudes. As our partners say, we improve and try harder every day because beyond our nation, there’s still the rest of Africa and the world!” He pointed out that Avatar was, without doubt, the most exciting player in South Africa’s broad agency landscape. “Quintessentially South African and at the very forefront of global communication trends through the line, there’s no group that understands our country’s consumers like Avatar does. The work we’re doing as a group is insightful, relevant and smart, challenging both our clients’ expectations of agency output, and our target consumers’ brand affinities across the board,” he added. The acquisition is also likely to have a domino effect on the broader KZN advertising

landscape which is largely overtraded with shops of all sizes, disciplines and capabilities. Antony believes there’s a need for change, improvement and a higher level of creative performance from Durban agencies with Avatar spearheading this by challenging themselves to adopt new processes, new skills and new thinking. He says Avatar DBN’s first “collaborative” projects have already proved highly successful. “After a tough start to the lockdown, we’re fortunate to have cultivated a talented, passionate team of professionals to drive the agency forward. To be leading this agency into the future is a serious responsibility that I’m delighted to shoulder. I feel it’s the

The work we’re doing as a group is insightful, relevant and smart, challenging both our clients’ expectations of agency output, and our target consumers’ brand affinities across the board” renewed sense of purpose for which we’ve been waiting,” Antony says. The acquisition also gives the newly resourced Durban office access to a base of over 100 employees across different agencies in three major hubs including Cape Town and Johannesburg. “We’ve had a few important challenges to overcome in recent seasons, both internal and external. Becoming an Avatar agency is a wonderful way to kick-start a mindshift towards a new trajectory of strategic and creative excellence in our amazing city. We’re invigorated, inspired and very excited about what lies ahead for us and our clients,” Antony concluded.

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IIE-VEGA SCHOOL PULLED OFF A GAMECHANGER DURING THE LOCKDOWN, TURNING ADVERSITY INTO ADVANTAGE WITH ITS FIRST VIRTUAL PORTFOLIO DAY

he event, in August, allowed students the chance to present their work to top corporate brands and advertising and marketing agencies from around the world. For those who don’t know it, Vega School (named after the brightest star in the constellation, Lyra) is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (IIE). Vega was started 21 years ago and delivers globally recognised degrees in graphic design, digital design, copywriting,

strategic brand communication, brand management, interior design, game design and digital marketing. Vega enjoys influential international alliances with Fontys Academy for Creative Industries in Holland, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach University of Art and Design in Germany, Lillebaelt Academy in Denmark, Sup de Pub, with campuses in France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK and USA. Vega also has a strong affiliation with The One Club in New York. The work of IIE-Vega students receives

“It was such a privilege to be given the opportunity to connect with inspiring industry leaders and of course young bright minds from Vega! A humbling reminder of the value of being open to new and different perspectives, and broadening your network to learn as much as you can from others, as well as sharing your own knowledge and experiences.” – Stacey Grant, Consumer and Marketing Insights Director, Unilever Africa

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“I was very impressed by the professional way in which technology was used during the first Vega Virtual Portfolio Day. The students rose to the occasion, albeit a bit nervous, and their presentations were generally of a high quality.” – Cathie Lewis, Sustainability Manager for Grinrod

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recognition and awards at local and international industry festivals like the Loeries and the Design Indaba. Every year pre the pandemic, Vega in Durban hosts its annual Portfolio Day, inviting industry representatives to view the work of students. This year the event went online and was a roaring success. IIE-third year and postgraduate students from various disciplines participated, from Business, Management and Strategy, and Graphic and Digital Design to Copywriting. They introduced themselves to the mentors and presented their portfolio of work to about 60 industry experts in various virtual meeting rooms. It was a lively format – a cross between “speed dating” and Dragon’s Den, and students got a real sense of what industry standards are, receiving feedback and mentorship from top

“Great idea going virtual and kudos for pulling it off.” – Nick Heygate, Bitfoundry Industry 4.0, Durban

“Be brave.” – Naresh Ramchandani, Pentagram, London

ABOVE: Student work from the annual showcase. placed potential employers in South Africa, London, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Ireland and Canada. The event, said Vega campus head Naretha Pretorius, was “part of Vega’s commitment to grooming its students and supporting the continuous development of our industry”. “It helps our students to become industry confident. It was inspired by the International Portfolio Night originated by McCann. We have been running our own Portfolio Night at Vega School in Durban for several years. It is immensely valuable to our students, industry partners and ourselves.” Senior Copywriting Lecturer, Siobhan Gunning, saw this year’s Virtual Portfolio Day as an opportunity to go international

“You certainly have a talented group of students!” – Gemma Lord, Design Lead, IDEO, London

“Thanks for a great session! And for allowing me to be part of it.”

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“This was really awesome.” – Nella Addy and Rogen van den Berg, Feral Child, Durban

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and secured creative directors and ex-Vega lecturers from around the country and the world. “While there is nothing to beat a physical encounter, being able to get international luminaries such as Naresh Ramchandani from Pentagram and Gemma Lord from IDEO, both from the UK, was an exceptional coup for us! This event is a Vega Durban initiative, it is not part of the curriculum, and I am so proud of our campus for dreaming big and pulling this off.” Nothing prepares students for the real world better than engaging with real world experts and Vega used its tremendous influence to make the connection global. The event reflected the passion Vega has for its students in ensuring the best industry exposure for them and their work. Students were introduced to creative directors from top agencies such as FCB Durban, King James, Joe Public United, Barrows Global, Derivco, and agencies from around the world (the likes of Parsons Branding, Ireland), and business and brand management heads of local and globally recognised brands, such as Unilever, RCL Foods, Red Bull SA, ABSA and SA Homeloans, to name a few. From this experience, students secure interviews to embark on industry immersion opportunities, the first step to realising the career they have aspired to.

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t has always been part of my nature to help others, and for me a medical career was definitely the way to go. Having decided on homeopathy I soon became hooked on the profession. Each year I found it more and more enjoyable and interesting – now I can’t imagine doing anything else,” smiles this passionate young doctor. After qualifying in 2017 Garatt opened rooms in Durban before moving to Mount Edgecombe late last year where he is continuing to grow his business. That’s when he’s not consulting at Khula Natural Health Centre in rural Zululand. Founded by the Khula Foundation in Switzerland, the NPO was established in April 2017, and is committed to the promotion and improvement of primary healthcare in rural communities within South Africa. Located in Khula Village outside St Lucia, the centre is open for two weeks every month, with Garatt having committed to consulting there for the full period. He remains upbeat about the success of the initiative: “In the nearly three years since opening, we’ve had about 10 000 consultations,” he recalls. “Apart from the surrounding community, we see patients from all over KZN, some travelling up to 400km to be treated as word of mouth spreads. Many will start queuing from the early hours, some even staying overnight. “Homeopathy can treat a wide variety of conditions. At

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According to Garatt, “Homeopathy is a fast growing medical choice around the world. It’s a safe, gentle and natural form of treatment that works with your body to relieve symptoms, restore itself and improve your overall health. The holistic nature of homeopathy means each person is treated as a unique individual. Body, mind and emotions are all considered in the management and prevention of the patient’s disease,” comments Garatt.

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Khula we see it all – colds, flu, and musculoskeletal conditions, to more severe conditions such as epilepsy, strokes, cancers and more. We’ve had many success stories, including significant improvement among our AIDS and HIV patients.” Also on duty at the centre are six permanent practitioners

and 15 translators. “The way we are welcomed makes it easy to continue to commit. It’s incredibly rewarding when patients come back specifically to thank us and show us how their condition has improved. And the actual work experience gained at Khula cannot be gained anywhere else.”

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SHIRLEY LE GUERN CHATS TO ONE UMHLANGA COUPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE LOCKDOWN TO EXPAND THEIR RESTAURANT BUSINESS

estauranteurs Zohra and Ismail Teke are counting down to the opening of their new Sofra Istanbul Turkish eaterie on Palm Boulevard opposite Gateway at the beginning of October. Amazingly enough, although this is happening at a time when many restaurants have closed their doors, it was the lockdown itself that re-ignited the couple’s dream to open a third restaurant to the north of Durban.

The menu comes straight from her mother-inlaw’s village kitchen in Turkey and reflects the authentic dishes she learnt to prepare Zohra explains that offers to deliver takeouts en route home to uMhlanga during level 3 of lockdown helped create a whole new client base that was ready and waiting for a sit-down venue. When they were approached by a landlord eager to replace a restaurant that could no longer trade during the stringent lockdown period at an extremely attractive

rental, they couldn’t refuse. They diverted some of the funds from an interest-free loan from the Giving For Hope Foundation they were using to tide themselves over during lockdown, into the new venture. Ever hands-on, Zohra became the project manager, overseeing everything from tiling to brickwork and innovatively sourcing building materials at a fraction of the price via neighbourhood networks. “I can’t afford to fail. For me, that’s simply not an option,” says this exjournalist who met her Turkish husband and acquired her love for Turkish food while travelling around Europe and also visiting Lebanon and the Middle East. On her return to South Africa, the couple opened their own media company, producing everything from health magazines to running international campaigns for the likes of the World Health Organization. However, their world was turned upside down when Ismail was diagnosed with cancer. Zohra persevered with her media career while her husband recovered, but says she soon realised he was becoming increasingly frustrated at home. As he moved into remission, the couple decided to create a place where he could develop a whole new focus and meet with his Turkish friends. They opened their first Sofra Istanbul restaurant at the Pavilion simply because Westville has a

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large Turkish community. However, the Teke’s hadn’t bargained for the growing popularity of their authentically Turkish food and soon found themselves with queues winding through the mall’s food court. They also had a number of requests to provide a sit-down restaurant where families and friends could enjoy a Turkish

ambience to match the menu. Still trying to keep her media career going, Zohra pitched in to help, becoming the official shawarma wrapper for more than a year. “The Pavilion gave us a good indication of how popular our brand could become, especially as we had been told Durban would not take to Turkish food,” she says.

Their first choice was to set up a sitdown restaurant in Florida Road. After more than a year, they had failed to find the right location, and were approached by a landlord offering them a rather run-down doubled storey old house at number 245. “We fell in love with the building. It was completely different so we decided to renovate it, coming up with the design and decor,” she says. Initially they thought it was too big and would sub-let the top floor, but shortly after they opened in August last year, they realised it was probably too small. The menu, she explains, comes straight from her mother-in-law’s village kitchen in Turkey and reflects the authentic dishes she learnt to prepare by her side. Rather than reflecting the blander Turkish fare usually offered to tourists, it is closer to what the locals would eat at home, using fresh ingredients and special spices that are imported from Turkey. She says their third restaurant in uMhlanga will be the same with tasty breads baked fresh on the day and rich, strong Turkish coffees served up in authentic cups, and will also be the blueprint for future franchises.

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ocated in the bustling heart of La Lucia, nestled on nine hectares of beautiful land, and sharing its name with the steadfast tree, Redwood College is a co-educational school which accommodates all children from Grades 000 to 12. The college prides itself and places emphasis on being able to provide a quality, holistic education that echoes its Christian values and ethos. The college is a stout believer that its core values – respect, excellence, innovation, godliness, and integrity – help to inspire a learning environment where

REDWOOD COLLEGE – A SCHOOL WITH HEART AND SOUL, A SOLID CHRISTIAN ETHOS, AND A LEARNING SYSTEM READY FOR THE FUTURE children of all ages can develop a unique identity. These values are also practiced with the knowledge that they will help students develop essential soft skills such as resilience, curiosity, communication, and empathy – keys points employers look for in their potential employees. In addition to the normal subjects, an abundance of modern courses are on offer, such as Aquatic Science, Environmental Systems, Principles of Business Marketing and Finance, Astronomy, and Principles of Health Science (with the subjects robotics and computer coding also in the pipeline). These new subjects and courses are designed to help children prepare for the future and for jobs that don’t yet exist – but in time will. Other than academics, the college also hosts a slew of extra-curricular activities with onsite facilities such as a film and music school. From vibrant learners and supportive parents to caring teachers and innovative learning solutions, Redwood is blessed to have one of the best learning environments in South Africa. They believe that school should

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be about making friends, and that learning and growing – in a space they are cared for – should be a fun and welcoming experience. They also aim to ensure that every child has a sense of belonging, as it is a fundamental need that helps develop their motivation, persistence, and success in the classroom. Years of experience has shown that children are more likely to succeed when they feel a strong connection to their school and peers, which is why they provide a personalised and innovative approach to education that helps children develop their academic, emotional, and social skills. With this in mind, Redwood is taking great strides in creating a strong community (amongst its students, parents and teachers) that is built on a foundation of strong faith and a family-based culture. »

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uninterrupted education. Despite the uncertainty of these times, students have enjoyed a seamless transition to online classrooms, and have quickly adapted, shown independence and are taking their education to the next level

all by themselves. Redwood’s curriculum is aligned with the Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS), which means that the Grade 12s write the well-recognised Independent Examination Board (IEB) exams and are fully equipped for where their journey may take them. So far, 2020 has been a tough year and learners are hard at work getting through the final few months of lessons. Each individual learner has been able to receive guidance and support as they have worked towards their aspirations and nurtured their talents and – due to the success of blended learning – their ability to study has not been impeded. As a result, Redwood College is confident its students will be emotionally and mentally ready to handle all the challenges headed their way, and considers it an honour and a privilege to help guide these bright, young sparks towards their dreams and their future.

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LISA WALTERS OF LISA WALTERS INTERIORS IS KNOWN FOR CREATING BEAUTIFUL HOMES THAT BALANCE LUXURY AND LIVEABILITY. SHE SHARES HER TOP SIX DECOR TIPS WITH CANDICE BOTHA pictures michigan behn photography Mhlanga interior decorator Lisa Walters – who lives in Mount Edgecombe with her husband, daughter and son – is known for her skilful combination of classic and contemporary elements, and layering of pattern, colour and treasured objects. Lisa spends her time working on a variety of interiors, from quick make-overs of existing spaces to largescale turnkey projects where she discusses the finer details with the architects and builders before the first brick is laid. The key element that runs through all her work, though, is her personal touch and the care she takes in getting to know her clients, their style and how they live in their spaces. We asked her to share some of her top tips for decorating a home. LARGER THAN LIFE “In a small space like this studio apartment, creating a focal wall draws your eye to a feature in the room so that there is less emphasis

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on the size of the room,” says Lisa. “An easy way to achieve this look is by applying an interesting wallpaper to a single wall. In a room with ample light, incorporating contrasting darker tones can give the illusion of a larger space.” Lisa also suggests using large prints on fabrics to add impact to a small space as she’s done on the cushions on the sofa.

work well together as the tone and intensity of the blue and the red work together to create a harmonious feel. ON DISPLAY

COLOUR ME HAPPY “Within your colour palette, use colours with consistent intensities. If your palette is pastel, don’t mix in a bold jewel tone or add primary colours to muted hues,” says Lisa. Here, although there are two strong colours, they

ABOVE: uMhlanga interior decorator Lisa Walters.

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“Sentimental items, artworks and collected objects give a home its personality and reflect the people who live there,” says Lisa. “Grouping objects together on shelves or collected on trays on a coffee table, side table or console always makes an impact.” She also enjoys adding special photographs into her clients’ spaces – whether beautifully framed on a built-in TV unit or grouped together in a striking gallery wall that creates a talking point. »

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and wallpaper serve to create interesting layers despite the lack of colour. “Because decorating in these colours is generally a very pared-down, understated look, keep clutter to a minimum,” advises Lisa. PATTERN “Patterns don’t have to be full of different colours,” says Lisa. “Tone-on-tone patterns can still give a room depth and character while remaining elegant.” Achieving this involves considering the feel of a fabric. “Damasks, florals and stripes tend to feel formal while gingham and plaid fabrics feel more casual,” says Lisa. Here, the delicate florals and traditional houndstooth she has chosen for the cushions all have a classic appeal. “When looking at patterned fabric it is important to consider where to use it,” notes Lisa. “A largescale print might be too big for a cushion and an intricate pattern might disappear in the folds of curtains. Choose where to use your fabrics to showcase them best.”

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LIGHT FANTASTIC “Not only is good, layered lighting an essential part of creating ambience in a home, choosing a light fitting that makes a statement can elevate a room from ordinary to outstanding,” says Lisa. In this kitchen, adding an intricate chandelier gave the space an instant update. REMAINING NEUTRAL “Using exclusively neutral tones is a timeless choice for any space,” says Lisa. “The key to creating interest within a monochrome palette is to incorporate texture and layers.” On this Mount Edgecombe veranda, Lisa’s choice of wallpaper with a fine-lined, geometric pattern adds some subtle interest while textured scatter cushions take centre stage and complement a geometric printed rug on the floor. Accessories in tonal hues create a lived-in feel while playing with contrasting finishes such as the timber flooring, metal table legs, ceramic side tables, and textured rug, while a mix of painted finishes

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to taste. Stir until well combined, allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes on low heat, watching it carefully. Remove from heat when sticky and glaze-like. Pour oil into a mediumsized pot until 10cm deep, and preheat over medium heat. Place chicken wings in a large bowl. In a small bowl whisk 1 tbsp of water into beaten egg and pour over chicken wings, stirring to coat. In another bowl add cornflour and season with salt and pepper. Using a fork or tongs, toss chicken in cornflour until wellcoated, allowing excess egg to drip off. Fry chicken wings in hot oil in batches until golden, crispy and cooked, about 8-12 minutes per batch. Transfer chicken to drain on paper towel. Dunk the crispy chicken into the sticky hot sauce, ensuring each wing is dripping with sauce. Serve the spicy, sticky chicken wings with sliced spring onion. Serves 1.

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or most of us, pairing wine with food is a simple exercise to complement, contrast and improve our dining experience, although matching red wine with red meat and white wine with fish is kinda old-fashioned given today’s gastronomic free-for-all. But for me, it’s about matching the mood – on a warm and relaxed Sunday, an ice-cold glass or two of a good dry Riesling is superb with a garlicky leg of spit-roasted lamb. Prove me wrong. I called on some of our favourite people to kickstart the sunny season on a glorious early-spring day: Matt Draper, Durban’s wine guru, rock star and purveyor of good vibes; Vanessa Blevins, incredible home cook and wine oracle; and fellow New York obsessives Nat and Clifford French (who, along with my girls, double as my chef-school tasting guinea pigs now and then). Good guy Matt took us on an unexpected and enlightening journey through the ever-fertile slopes of the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Wellington and Robertson Valleys, and brought some delicious examples of his nectars for us to try. Our take-out for the season ahead? Chenin Blanc, all the way. Matt describes this typically dry but complex and fruity white as “sunshine in a bottle” – and we all agreed. Cheers! My advice? Invest in a case or two. But, of course this is a food story too. Paired with the laughter and wine, I made a table full of really delicious, Greek-inspired grub that made our spirited al fresco gathering a memorable one. Garlic, lemon and herb chicken souvlaki with all the trimmings, accompanied by Vanessa’s incredible corn and black bean salad, and roasted eggplant with chilli and garlic.

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Souvlaki *Chicken 6-8 free-range chicken breasts, skinned and cubed Marinade: • 8 cloves garlic • 2 tablespoons dried oregano • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary • 1 heaped teaspoon paprika • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1/4 cup Chenin Blanc • juice of 1 lemon • 2 bay-leaves • salt and pepper

Add all marinade ingredients except bayleaves to a blender. Blend until combined. Add bay-leaves and chicken. Marinade in a covered bowl for at least 3 hours, or overnight in fridge. Thread marinated chicken cubes on to skewer sticks (if you’re using wooden sticks, soak them in water

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for half an hour first). Cook over hot coals or in a preheated skillet for 4-6 minutes. Turn regularly, making sure to get good colour on the outside, and baste with any left-over marinade as you cook. Slide out the skewers and serve with warm flatbreads, lashings of hummus and tzatziki, fresh onion and tomato, chilli (as hot as you dig it) and a good squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Boom.

Vanessa's Sweet *Mielie And Black Bean Salad

• 4 sweetcorn mielies, on the cob • 4 spring onions, finely sliced • 1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped • 1 tin black beans, drained • juice of 2 limes or 1 lemon • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil • salt to taste • half a bunch of fresh coriander, chopped

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Picasso funnel neck long-sleeve dress, sheer knit printed with unique mirror print, and separate inner cami lining, R1 595.  Noelle black fitted knee-length

dress with unique mirror print kimono sleeves which are lined, R1 295.  White Theresa three-quarter sleeve top with rib neck, R550, worn with Johnson skants (straight leg

pants with overskirt), R950.  Jemma long-sleeve dress with multi-frill skirt, sheer knit with unique mirror print, separate inner cami lining, R1 395.

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Experience based spaces

Slowing down, enjoying conversations and what life has to offer are just a few of life’s lessons we’ve all had to learn over the past few months. With this in mind, carefully created outdoor spaces are more than decor – they represent experiences and spending time with loved ones. Whether you are dreaming of unwinding at an outdoor bar, cooking for the family at a pizza oven, sharing bonds over a firepit, doing daily yoga or mediation in your garden sanctuary, experience based outdoor spaces are the way of the future.

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Bring the indoors out

Bringing the indoors out is a product of our times. The need to “stay in” when we can’t travel means designing an outdoor space that’s comfortable, allows for social distancing, and is ideal for family gatherings. Fitting in with the boho decor trend, woven materials add texture and contrast when dressed up with decorative cushions. An outdoor grass rug, a boho styled umbrella, oversized daybeds and egg chairs are fresh and trendy ways to add style to your outdoor space.

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Grass is always greener

Lawn plays a vital role in the overall appearance of a garden, and a patchy lawn can spoil the entire landscape. According to Julie Scragg, owner of Hingham Nursery, “Give your lawn a spring boost by applying, in the correct ratio, Gromor lawn dressing and 321 fertiliser.” Hingham Nursery can offer advice on quantities required and pricing.  031 564 3062.

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Young families who want to encourage their children to get outdoors and away from game-stations, tablets and TV’s, can look at incorporating blackboards, sand pits, hammocks, balance beams, climbing frames and even mini wildlife ponds into their garden design.

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ave you ever been glamping? It’s the best way to spend a weekend – you can enjoy the benefits of camping without sacrificing on comfort. No more lugging a heavy tent and heaps of other camping equipment around, not to mention spending ages setting everything up … only to pack it all away a couple of days later. The tent and all necessary amenities are right there waiting for you, you just have to rock up and be ready to connect with nature. AfriCamps has got this concept down to a T, and with 11 different camps situated on working farms and estates spread throughout our beautiful country – there’s lots to explore for glamping enthusiasts.

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The boutique tents are very spacious with fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and large showers. The freedom of a self-drive holiday while being close to nature is wonderful – and the convenience of having it all set up and waiting saves precious time, which can be better spent exploring the surroundings or relaxing in your own private outdoor hot tub. Five new tents have recently been set up at Gowan Valley Guest Farm in the Midlands – one of AfriCamps latest additions. The farm is truly enchanting with its rolling green hills, endless fields and mighty river. Hosts Deanne and Brett Bouwer farm Nguni cattle and Golden Kiwis on the property, and offer delicious cookyour-own breakfast and braai baskets – which can be ordered ahead to make your stay even more hassle-free. My daughter and I recently spent a night, exploring the farm through a lovely four kilometre walk. Passing through indigenous forest, stopping to enjoy an exciting swing and marvel at an enormous 500-year-old Yellowwood tree, you then walk along the Mpofana River and can

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The boutique tents are very spacious with fully equipped kitchens, comfortable bedrooms and large showers settle down at a grassy picnic spot. There’s also plenty to do in the area if you wish to stay longer – the familiar and muchloved Midlands Meander has endless opportunities of food, fun and frolic. The AfriCamps business philosophy is strongly based on the foundation of sustainability. All tents and furniture is

made in Atlantis Western Cape – where hiring and training staff in an area with a high unemployment rate has empowered locals with skills within the fields of sewing, woodwork, welding, painting, electrical and more. Taking on this notion of education, AfriCamps aim for families to discover farm life and the serenity that can come from being in nature, while at the same time educating kids about the animals on the farm, the fresh local produce, and providing them with a closer look at their direct connection to and impact on the world around them.

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itroën is back with a bang with their new range of SUV’s in three derivatives – the C3, C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross. The new range brings a much needed burst of energy to the ever-growing SUV market, with an increase in the demand for compact multi-purpose SUV’s and hatchbacks. Citroën’s C3 Aircross, in particular, with its unique styling, focusing on safety, features and competitive pricing, is a stand-out vehicle which is sure to be a winner.

Smooth lines and sharp curves highlight the attractive body shape Coming in two models with quirky names – the C3 Aircross Feel and higher spec C3 Aircross Shine – both have a 1,2 litre 81kW Puretech Turbocharged Engine promising an average of 6,5 litres per 100km combined fuel economy in a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Exterior styling is nothing like any other SUV in this segment. With a fresh and unique design from the high bonnet line with chrome trim, square outlined headlights, slim LED daytime running lights, a funky grill and diffuser, 3D effect on the rear lights, flower design 16-inch alloy

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car by adding captivating flair with their two-tiered lights – a signature reflecting the identity of the brand. Smooth lines and sharp curves highlight the attractive body shape, and 3D-effect

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self-coloured lower sill panels for protection from minor impacts, are all features that add to the SUV experience the C3 identifies with. Faithful to the brand’s DNA and the Citroën Advanced Comfort programme, the C3 Aircross SUV benefits from all of Citroën’s know-how and provides drivers and passengers with unrivalled travelling comfort. Citroën’s passion for driving perfection is noted in the design by filtering all the outside noise which is demonstrated by the following: • Seat comfort – large wide seating provides great comfort; • Suspension comfort – with classic Citroën settings for all driving conditions; and • Sound comfort – with meticulous soundproofing and acoustics. With the largest boot in

From loading groceries, school bags and sporting equipment, to luggage and even camping gear, you will be amazed at what you can fit in with ease the segment, space is not a problem. From loading groceries, school bags and sporting equipment, to luggage and even camping gear, you will be amazed at what you can fit in with with ease. And if there are big, bulky objects you need to load, simpy remove the top shelf, drop the rear seats down

and you are left with a large flat loading space. The boot’s standard volume of 410 litres can be increased to 520 litres thanks to the split rear sliding seats, and the total load volume with the rear seats folded down is a massive 1 289 litres. The technology is impressive – screen mirroring with Android Auto or Apple Car Play which replicates on a 7-inch touch screen for safety and convenience while ensuring entertainment continues and comes with a navigation option for real-time services like garages nearby, points of interest and weather, while also assisting with up-to-date traffic information.

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FOR MORE INFO Visit us at CMH Citroën uMhlanga, 89 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe or phone 031 580 7900  to test drive the new Citroën C3 Aircross or SUV range


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f you keep abreast of economic news you will likely have come across terms like V-shaped and W-shaped recoveries – words used to describe the anticipated path of recovery. Whereas a V-shaped recovery suggests a radical turnaround to the same pre-Covid-19 levels, the W-shaped recovery suggests that, after making a full recovery, we will bomb again before recovering once more. But are we limited to these letter shapes, or could we see some other creative designs emerging? What shape do we expect the recovery of our residential property market to follow? According to Dr Andrew Golding, chief executive of Pam Golding Property Group, there are many potential recovery scenarios given the extent of the unchartered waters we are navigating at present, and the only certainty appears to be uncertainty. It is unlikely that we will experience a V-shaped recovery given that the property market is unlikely to enjoy sustained recovery given the absence of economic recovery. Although buyers may be keen to purchase in the current generous lending environment, their ability to do so is likely to be gradually eroded by a sluggish economy and ongoing job losses as businesses adjust to weaker levels of demand as a result of strained household incomes. South Africa is currently seeing a steady stream of business closures and banks are preparing for a surge in debt defaults. This

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WHAT IS THE SHAPE OF OUR PROPERTY MARKET RECOVERY? A “V”? A “W”? PERHAPS A “SWOOSH”, OR WHAT ABOUT A “SQUARE ROOT”? GARETH BAILEY SHARES HIS VIEWS ON THE FUTURE

ABOVE: Gareth Bailey, Pam Golding Properties. all suggests that we will not see the recovery following a V-shaped design. Equally, a double-dip (W-shaped) recovery is also unlikely given that activity in the market is not expected to weaken again to the same extent as it did during the strict level 5 lockdown which virtually halted our economy. Furthermore, the Reserve Bank’s decision to cut interest rates to a nearly 50-year low will also help prevent the double-dip scenario provided that the country manages to avoid a second wave of

Covid-19 infections which, at this stage, is looking possible. Therefore, it may be possible that we experience a more creatively shaped recovery – perhaps a “Nike Swoosh” which sees a sharp downturn followed by a slow, gradual recovery. However, this would require a recovery in economic activity and, while there are tentative, positive signs, it is still too early to pronounce on this. Another shape could be the “square root” sign, which would see a sharp downturn followed by a sharp upturn and a sustained period of stability. Perhaps we could hope for a recovery shape somewhere in between a “swoosh” and a “square root”. It all depends on whether the current rebound in activity plateaus or inches upward as economic activity strengthens towards the end of this year. After contracting by around 7% this year, a modest recovery in growth of around 2,5% is anticipated in 2021.

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While the surge in residential property activity over recent months can be partly explained by pent-up demand, there is also a tendency among many to reassess their residential “lifestyle” requirements due to lockdown, as well as a strong appetite amongst first-time buyers to enter the market. The latter is partly driven by former renters who are opting to purchase rather than pay rental, while capitalising on the low interest rates and zero transfer duty payable under R1-million. While the final shape of our recovery is far from clear, one thing is sure – Covid-19 has sparked a significant shift in circumstances, priorities and lifestyles triggered by months spent confined to home, which has prompted homeowners


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to make new or long-planned changes to their living conditions. These decisions may, in part, be prompted by a deterioration in economic prospects resulting from the prolonged restrictions on business activity during lockdown. Various trends evident in the marketplace include relocation to smaller and/or coastal towns and downsizing due to financial pressures or upsizing – to satisfy the need for work-from-home space and more outdoor space. In this regard, we are seeing a shift back to freestanding homes with garden cottages and an increasing demand for homes in secure lifestyle estates. Furthermore, depending on how the pandemic and

lockdown impacts, some families are choosing to live together to save costs, namely multi-generational living, others are relocating provincially – perhaps to a more relaxed lifestyle in a second-tier city, while some are emigrating – although the number of sellers due to emigration has not increased lately, perhaps due to travel restrictions or in some cases, the effects of Covid-19 on the international job market. While there is currently a positive wave of change washing through the residential property market, we will have to wait and see whether these high levels of activity are sustained in the property market, and ultimately, what the shape of its recovery is.

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GoldClub Awards: Our North Durban office won National Franchise of the Year as well as the coveted Marketing Excellence award and Regional Office of the Year for sales value and units.

Geoff Austin won the National Development Agent of the Year, the Ooba award and was awarded GoldClub status.

Ellmarie Spencer, Umhlanga Agent of the Year and GoldClub Elite status.

Phillip Reynolds, Durban North Agent of the Year and GoldClub Elite status.

Nicky Steele, National Development Agent of the Year runner up and GoldClub status.

Stella Simes, Durban North Agent and GoldClub status.

Joy Chiang, KZN Rental Agent of the Year and GoldClub Elite status.

Glynis Owen, Referral Agent of the Year runner up.


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ummer’s almost here and you know what that means? Well, it means lots of things, but one of them is bees. I have mixed feelings about bees. On one hand, I have a grudge against them that began the way most bad things begin – trying to impress girls. They were younger than the girls I usually try to impress – they were four-year-old twins, and they were my partner’s daughters. I was wary of them at first. I’d never spent time with human beings that small before. What would we talk about? Did we have any friends in common? How did they make a living? Soon my attitude softened. They were upstanding young citizens and far more interesting than most adults. We had many interesting philosophical debates ranging from why a milkshake is called a milkshake when you never shake the milk, to whether I could beat a kangaroo in a fistfight. The more I liked them, the more I wanted them to like me, and like any stupid boy I thought the best way was to impress them. One day while having a picnic I noticed a dead bee. “Mmm,” I said. “Bees taste good.” “They don’t,” said one of the girls. “People don’t eat bees,” said the other, calling my bluff. “Oh no?” I said, and before my partner could even stop rolling her eyes, I popped the dead bee into my mouth and pretended to chew it up and extravagantly swallow, while actually, cunningly, concealing the little bee corpse beneath my tongue.

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“See?” I said, opening my mouth, “it’s all gone.” They examined my apparently empty mouth with bafflement and disgust. “He hasn’t really eaten it,” said my partner, glaring at me furiously. “Yes I have!” I said, and like a ventriloquist drinking water to seem more convincing, I took a sip of soft drink and swirled it around to show how thoroughly I had swallowed the bee. At this point I discovered two things: first, that sometimes dead bees are not in fact dead but enjoying some kind of afternoon siesta. And second, that the best way to wake a sleeping bee is to douse it with fizzy, sugary liquid. As the bee stirred grumpily beneath my

tongue, I tried to stay cool. “Oh yes,” I said, “I eat bees all the time, I … AAARGGGHHHH!” That last word wasn’t actually a word, more an involuntary howl as the bee yawned and stretched and resumed the workday by stinging me. Have you ever been stung under your tongue? It’s like being stung anywhere else except 10 times worse. It’s so sore you start laughing because you can’t quite believe how sore it is. Then you start crying and jumping up and down. “Boys are silly,” said one of the girls. I suppose it’s good that I was a teachable moment. The other thing I taught them is that when you are stung in the mouth your salivary glands swell up, producing lots of spit you can’t swallow because your glands are too swollen. So I have a grudge against bees, but later that afternoon, as I lay in a darkened room with my mouth open so that a constant river of saliva could drain into a gross Tupperware bowl, the door opened quietly and two little girls crept in. One of them held my hand and the other one stroked my forehead, and they both sat with me until it was time for their dinner. That’s when they told me they thought I was silly but also funny. I lay there and thanked that bee from the bottom of my happy heart.

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