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JUN-JUL 2021 ISSUE 125

JACK & ENJI A special bond

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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Making memories


ith Father’s Day coming up on June 20, this issue was the perfect opportunity to spoil some special dads in our community. But we wanted something different … something that would make them feel and look good. Thank

What A Treat!

Anne Maw was the lucky winner of a two-night stay at Teremok Lodge and Spa in uMhlanga which we featured in the February/ March issue of The Ridge. Anne and husband Ken had a wonderful stay – enjoying a picnic in the grounds, a photoshoot and all the lovely extras as part of their prize. Thank you to the team at Teremok. you Tilesh, Glenn, Dave, John and Stefan – glad you enjoyed the pampering (except Stefan who endured a little pain – but your legs are looking good!)

And a big thank you to our advertisers who made it all happen. There’s still time to spoil your dad – so read more on page 18. “We want places we can connect with, spaces filled with people and things we trust. We want community.” Remo’s, The Dutch, Saltwater, Old Town Italy, and now Bard & Minstrel and the Pencil Club at the uMhlanga Arch. We catch up with Renzo Scribante – a man synonymous with pouring his heart and soul into every project to achieve his vision and make lasting memories. Read more on page 24. Congratulations to John Aritho and his amazing team at the Beverly Hill Hotel (pictured above) who walked away with a slew of awards recently, proving that the hospitality industry is very much alive and well. Covid might have been a bump in the road for many hotels, but this is one which has stood the test of time and is shining bright. Thank you to all our advertisers – new and old – for continuing to support

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The Ridge magazine. We love creating special campaigns to entertain readers and help advertisers get their message across in a meaningful way. Lynda is a phone call away, so if you want to put us to the test, contact her on 082 379 9912 or email her on Lynda@ famouspublishing.co.za. This has been a fun, exciting issue to put together, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading and sharing the many interesting stories with friends who perhaps don’t get the magazine delivered to their homes. If you’d like to receive The Ridge digitally, drop me a line at the email address below. It’s that easy. Until next time …


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GROUP EDITOR Doody Adams EDITOR Lorna King 078 750 9669 DESIGNER Kyle Griffin SALES CONSULTANT Lynda Kapsimalis 082 379 9912 DISTRIBUTION Mphumzeni Thusi ACCOUNTS & DISTRIBUTION QUERIES Meghan Dewet 083 533 5898 ONLINE EDITOR Sarah Mackintosh CONTRIBUTORS Greg Ardѐ, Gareth Bailey, Darrel Bristow-Bovey, Cathy Clark, Lee Currie, Ant Ellis, Brenda Haynes, Sarah Mackintosh, 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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Jack and Enji – a special dog for an autistic boy



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Father’s Day gift ideas



Creating memorable spaces for our community



Ali Akal’s pet portraits 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.




Legal advice for employers



Thai food with Ant Ellis



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Tembe Elephant Lodge


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Shelby Finds – an artisanal home furnishing business Is this the way forward?



Dominique Manias: her story of self-discovery


MAKING FRIENDS WITH TRENDS The latest home trends from interior designers

Pampering treatments for dads Published by Famous Publishing www.famouspublishing.co.za


Casual online fashion

Lizzard: making a difference to the environment




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KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP Riders RAISE R55 000 For Men's Health

The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2021 Durban Ride was held late in May with over 120 bikers registering to ride and “dress dapper” for a cause. This initiative is about raising funds and awareness of men’s mental health, suicide prevention and prostate cancer. Durban has been participating in this event for the last 10 years and this year Durban Café Racers members led by John Aritho organised a very successful ride raising R55 000 for this worthy cause. FOR MORE INFO: www.gentlemansride.com


Tidefolk is an ocean-sports inspired lifestyle brand that has ethically designed luxe essentials for both land and sea, proudly made in South Africa – the pinnacle of where two oceans meet. Their product range includes bespoke patterned towel changing ponchos for adults, teens and kids, as well as over-sized beach towels. “We live for endless days by the ocean, like sunrises and sunsets, we are all folk of the tide.” FOR MORE INFO: hello@tidefolk.com;




Flying Fish Seltzer brings to South Africa a trend making waves globally. The year of the Hard Seltzer – sparkling water blended with alcohol and fruit flavouring. With its two flavour options, Lemon & Lime and Raspberry, Flying Fish Seltzer hits the sweet spot with an alcohol by volume of 5,5%, low sugar of 0,5g/100ml and low calories of 35kcals/100ml and all of this while delivering real flavour and real refreshment. Unreal right? The days of feeling guilty while drinking are over. And the days of having to make compromises are far gone. FOR MORE INFO: Available from Pick n Pay Liquor;

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The Private Chef memorable long after the tastebuds have stopped Food Specialist tingling. His extensive experience in different cuisines has taught him how to play around with flavours and plating to enable an all-round experience for the food lover. Chef Themba’s latest venture is to bring fine dining into your home with a personal cooking experience – without breaking the bank. “We need to get South Africans to experience fine dining in the comfort of their own homes,” says Chef Themba. Chef Themba’s food background includes time at Durban’s Royal Hotel, Lobo Lodge in Serengeti, Chef De Partie at the SOHO Hotel in London, owner and chef at Kings Cuisine catering, Head Chef at Little Havana in uMhlanga, and Head Chef at Roca restaurant at Dieu Donne Vineyards in Franschhoek. FOR MORE INFO: 076 604 1959; WThemba Mngoma; T privatechef_sa





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June 14 is World Cucumber Day, the day on which we humbly pay homage to the cucumber; that illustrious fruit that for centuries has been celebrated for its exceptional versatility. This year Hendrick’s Gin, in partnership with 14 on Chartwell in uMhlanga, will be presenting the fruit in a Victorian greenhouse-inspired chamber fit for the cucumber’s prestigious position – the Hendrick’s Gin Cucumber Chiller. Up until June 17, 14 on Chartwell will offer Hendrick’s Gin cocktail specials including a glorious list of Hendrick’s tipples all featuring cucumber that has been housed within the Cucumber Chiller. The English cucumber is of particular importance to Hendrick’s Gin as it is one of the two infusions that provide the world’s most unusual gin with its unique flavour – hence the extremity of our adoration. Cheers to the cucumber!


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Research shows that laughter increases your overall wellbeing and that breathing exercises combined with laughter exercises and free laughter help improve mental health as well as having benefits similar to exercise. It also leaves you feeling more energetic and with a better supported immune system. With this in mind, Heinrich Visser, an International Laughter Ambassador, Laughter Yoga Teacher and corporate coach, has started laughter yoga sessions – a fun way to have a positive impact on your health and in all areas of your life. So what happens in a laughter session? “There are various aspects, which normally consist of the following. Childlike playfulness laughter sessions where we do laughter exercises; real laughter sessions where we do belly laughter, centipede laughter and back-to-back laughter; free laughter is where we

laugh for about 10 to 15 minutes non-stop; guided relation sessions; and lastly grounding exercises,” says Heinrich. Time for a laugh and to get the joy back into your life. FOR MORE INFO: Contact Heinrich on 061 091 0748 or email him at hvisserclyt@gmail.com

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After a decade of steering the firm through a successful period of continuous growth, Michael Jackson has confidently handed over the wheel to partner, Andrew Clark (right). “Since my appointment as managing partner in 2011, I have achieved all that I sought to do in this role and it is now time for new ideas, fresh energy and a new vision,” says Michael. “I am very excited about the new challenge of being the firm’s managing partner,” comments Andrew. “I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by a fantastic group of partners, all of whom are excellent lawyers in their own right, and a core group of senior partners who will continue to play an important role in both the

management and strategic direction of the firm going forward. Our intention is to take the firm from strength to strength.” Andrew joined the firm in 2006 and is head of the maritime law practice.

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Jack's forever


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og lovers know what dogs are capable of, what lengths they’ll go to for their other half, and how powerful and supportive their unconditional love can be. A year ago, the Haynes family of Mount Edgecombe had two dogs. And then came three. Enji. Jack Haynes is nine years old, a twin to sister, Molly. Jack is autistic – diagnosed as “moderate” – is verbal, adores fishing, and is in Grade 3 at Livingstone Primary School. His best friend, Enji the Labrador, is just 22 months old. He’s Jack’s Autism Support Dog. Jack’s mom, Brenda, had no


idea there was such a thing. Few do: “I generally don’t look at Facebook first thing, but on this particular morning I did. Since Jack’s diagnosis, I’ve spent a great deal of time researching autism, and connecting with other parents who are on the same journey. On that particular morning, this Facebook site announced that applications had just opened for Autism Support Dogs. I had no idea what that was, so I researched it.” Brenda says laughingly, “I’m a self-confessed procrastinator, but not that day. I submitted my application then and there. It was a sizeable document, about 15 pages. But their attention to detail was so impressive.” By the end of the day, applications were closed –

it was full. Autism Support Dogs fall under the auspices of the South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind, an organisation which not only provides dogs for the sight impaired, but also for those who have physical or developmental needs, or those of orientation and mobility. They train Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, and Autism Support Dogs (ASD). Head of Marketing, Nadia Sands, says for the ASDs, they only take 30 applications every two or so years. Chat to her, and it’s very clear why. The resources needed to train these dogs are extensive – there’s an inordinate amount of time and professional input required, but most importantly of all, is identifying a dog with the right temperament for that role, then matching the dog’s personality to that of the individual. What temperament is needed? Nadia explains: “The breeds we use – Labrador, Golden Retriever and Lab X Retriever – are generally placid and social dogs, but for ASD they need to be particularly gentle and placid; a temperament which isn’t upset by noise or meltdowns often associated with autistic children. We only get one or two out of a litter.” For an autistic child, the

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social and emotional impact of having a support dog can be profound. Among other invaluable attributes, Nadia says, “They provide anchoring (which stops the child from bolting), and companionship for children who are often lonely due to their autism.” Brenda won’t forget that phone call. Her application was successful. Someone would

be coming down to interview her, husband Andrew, and Jack – and spend a morning with them. Brenda says, “The level of attention to detail that they pay, is unbelievable. The patient hours that specialist trainer, Vincent, spent with us … frankly, it blew my mind. He had the facts but now needed to experience Jack’s reality. He spent hours talking

to us all, walked around the neighbourhood with Jack to ascertain how fast he walked; wanted to know about Jack’s sleep patterns, and whether he came to us in the night. He needed to know everything so he could match the right dog to Jack.” Jack has an eye condition known as Dwayne’s Syndrome, which affects the peripheral

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vision of his right eye. Service Dogs are normally trained to walk on the left side, but in this case, the dog would learn to be on his right, preventing him from bumping into things. Brenda remembers Jack’s reaction to the first photograph sent to them of Enji as a pup: “She has such beautiful eyes,” he said. And she does. Brenda was designated »


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the primary handler, and prior to Enji’s arrival, attended a week’s on-line training lessons (usually in person, but Covid ...). Seven months from application, Enji arrived. Vincent spent two weeks with the family, providing daily sessions to equip the family and the dog with the requisite skills. It’s important that Enji doesn’t bond too closely with other family members, so Vincent had techniques to ensure that Enji and Jack became a team. Brenda said, “The girls – his sisters – could see the happiness that Enji brought to Jack, and didn’t want to break that – everyone respected the role Enji would play.” And Jack is the only one who feeds her, and gives her treats. Vincent also went with the family to all the public places like their residential estate restaurant, tennis lessons, the vet, the golf driving range and so on, also paving the way for the dog to be accepted as an Assistance Dog in places that normally prohibit animals. Brenda says it’s been a game changer: “Since Enji arrived, it’s impacted on the entire family. Our home is far calmer, and even though Jack has three siblings, he always has a playmate in Enji. Enji goes fishing with him, does the daily school drop-off and pick-ups, and lies comfortingly on his feet when he’s being tutored in the afternoons. “Enji sleeps with Jack, and


Jack is the only one who feeds her, and gives her treats since her arrival, Jack doesn’t come through to us at night. When he wakes, he has the comfort of Enji, and that soothes him to sleep.” Nadia describes one of the major advantages of an ASD, although Brenda says this hasn’t been applicable to Jack: “Autistic children

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have a tendency to bolt from situations in which they feel overwhelmed or frightened. These dogs wear a harness with a special handle and band strap attached to it. The special handle is for the child to hold on to, while the band strap is wrapped around the child’s waist. The parent as the main handler, has the lead for control purposes. In a situation where the child would usually bolt, the dog stays still, anchoring the

child. For some reason, autistic children are happy holding on to that lead.” Autism Support Dogs learn to apply deep pressure to calm a child: “When Jack is having a meltdown, Enji puts her head firmly on Jack’s lap – that pressure calms him. Likewise if he’s crying, Enji snuggles up to him and comforts.” Brenda says, “Enji is Jack’s best friend. It’s hard for autistic children to have or make friends.

They have very few, if any, and withdraw into their own world. Enji acts as a social facilitator, a magnet to other children. The neighbourhood children come over, curious about Enji, ask Jack questions about her, interact with him, which in turn, builds his confidence. “Bottom line, Enji is Jack’s forever friend who loves and accepts him unconditionally.” FOR MORE INFO www.guidedog.org.za


ABOVE: Jack and Enji take a break from playing to pose for a picture with sisters Molly and Ella. LEFT: Jack plays in his sandpit while new best friend Enji looks on.

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Flasks, flops and




hris Hall-Jones and Cuan Cronje – active outdoor guys – are the brains behind Lizzard, a name that slips off most tongues as a home-grown local brand, synonymous with our city, surfing, and the Durban lifestyle. Like any business which survives and thrives for over 30 years, Lizzard has done so by adapting and responding to the shifting market, changing times, the needs of their customers, as well as through keeping personal relationships with the stores/ businesses they supply. Lizzard began as a brand producing bespoke wetsuits. Cuan was set on producing a locally made, perfectly fitted wetsuit as there was not much available to the surf community back then. At the time the company started, his life was all about the ocean, so naturally he had an increased awareness around environmental issues – hence the flask story. Before the introduction of stainless-steel flasks, South Africans only had the option to purchase re-usable plastic water bottles to reduce the impact of single-use bottled water


ABOVE: Chris Hall-Jones and Cuan Cronje – passionate about their brand and increasing environmental awareness. SURROUNDS: A selection of Lizzard’s products to help the environment – doublewalled stainless steel flasks, T-shirts and fleece ranges.

plastics. With around eight million tons of plastic bottles finding their way into the ocean every year, Chris and Cuan both recognised the importance – environmentally and health wise – to offer a more sustainable solution. They introduced the Lizzard flask range knowing it would create environmental awareness, something they are both so passionate about. Chris says he and Cuan are always ready to take a risk for something that is important to them: “We always say ‘Let’s just do it …’. Some things have worked in the past, others haven’t, but that never stops us. We knew we had to get involved.” After taking time to develop, source and create a product they were happy and proud of, their first batch of Lizzard flasks landed in Durban.

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They were good-looking, brilliantly portable and did exactly what they promised to achieve. “We’ve always had the philosophy of providing a quality product at a reasonable price, and we achieved it.” Lizzard flasks are double-walled, vacuum sealed and made from food grade stainless steel. They keep cold drinks cold for up to 18 hours and hot drinks hot for up to eight hours. Today, the Lizzard flask range comes in a range of cool colours, sizes and functions. Lizzard also offers personalised engraving on their branded flasks to corporate companies, schools and individuals – great for creating company awareness, and allows you to do your part to reduce the use of single-use plastics. For Chris and Cuan, it’s not simply about

We’re examining our practices and, as best we can, we’re devising new ways of doing things”

a business venture. Their flasks became the catalyst for a host of other initiatives and collaborations. Chris says they’re not green preaching and that the clothing industry, in particular, has a long way to go in terms of becoming environmentally “squeaky clean”. “We have a great deal of wastage, but we’re genuinely working on it. We’re examining our practices and, as best we can, we’re devising new ways of doing things. We’re talking to each other, learning from those who’ve walked this road, and even if we can’t eliminate, we can improve.” Sarah Ferguson is the founder of Breathe Conservation, an international non-profit organisation that believes in a plastic-free ocean and aims to eliminate disposable plastic. Chris says she’s been invaluable as a guide: “We bounce ideas off her, and consult with her on concepts we want to explore.” Today, Lizzard has a number of green initiatives on the go, from their new T-shirt and fleece ranges that use recycled cotton and plastic bottles, to their slop box. According to Chris, “All beach clean-ups reveal one of the biggest culprits – single slops with broken ‘vamps’. In collaboration with Breathe and EVA Industries, we’re launching a programme this summer whereby we put slop boxes into every one of our stores. No matter the slop brand, we’re encouraging everyone to put that broken slop into our boxes.” Plastic bags are the bane of the clothing industry, and Lizzard has worked hard to change that. They’ve made a stronger, reusable bag – the supplier delivers each garment in one of those, which are then used as free shopper bags for customers. As Chris says, “It’s used twice. Not perfect, but half the previous damage it inflicted.” For Lizzard, that is the way forward. Do the best you can. Get schools to stop selling water in plastic bottles, and rather install water fountains. Get people to do a little bit, to ask themselves questions like, “How many plastic bottles or takeaway cups didn’t I waste because I’m using a flask?” or “What am I doing to prevent plastic ending up in the ocean?” The answers feel good.


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When perfection



eing greeted by the words, “I am really not very interesting, one of three children, all very ordinary and yes, I do have middle child syndrome!” by Garlicke & Bousfield’s newest director certainly piqued my curiosity. Born in Durban, Carla Martin and her two brothers were educated locally, Carla at Durban Girl’s High School, and her brothers at DHS, following in their father’s and grandfather’s footsteps. “My childhood was spent playing tennis and cricket with my brothers in the back yard of our home, breaking windows on numerous occasions and frequently having to retrieve stray balls from our neighbour’s garden.” Despite spending most weekends at Westridge Tennis Club – or following the various family members’ participation in tennis, cricket and hockey matches – Carla was always serious about school. She attributed her conscientiousness from a young age to the fact that she is by nature competitive, and because her friends were all clever, she aspired to keep up with them academically. Modest, yes, but as I was to find out, the woman I was interviewing is clearly a force to be reckoned with. “Why law?” I asked. Carla’s response was interesting: “It was law or teaching. I registered for a BA initially, then converted this to a BCom. On the strength of a bursary from Toyota and support from my parents, my BCom Degree was paid for, but my parents were unable to subsidise further tertiary

RIGHT: Carla Martin is highly

regarded in the field of property law.


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education. Numerous part-time jobs enabled me to finance my law degree.” It turned out Carla has been working part time since the age of 16, holding down jobs such as working in clothing shops, a well-known high end department store, and as a cashier at Unisa over the annual registration period. She also tutored students in Jurisprudence and Family Law while studying for her LLB Degree. Clearly Carla’s experience of student life was not the totally carefree social experience that many enjoy. She filled most of her spare time with employment to fund her education and hours in the law library at Howard College accessing the textbooks she could not afford to purchase for herself. “Failing was not an option,” explained Carla. On graduating, Carla joined the litigation department of a local law firm. The adversarial and unpredictable nature of litigation did not appeal to Carla, and while she studied towards her professional exams as an attorney, she also studied for her conveyancing exams, achieving both and being admitted as an attorney and a conveyancer of the High Court on the same day! “Why conveyancing?” I asked. “I enjoy the collaborative and mostly co-operative process of conveyancing. The task is usually completed with a positive result for all parties,” she responded. Carla joined Garlicke & Bousfield in December 2001 as an associate. “I was very excited about joining G&B. The firm had an enviable reputation in property law, and I was looking for a challenge. On my first day I remember feeling absolutely overwhelmed, but my mentor, Graeme Phillips, would not indulge such feelings and I was immediately exposed to development work and a wide range of issues affecting property ownership in this country. I worked with some seasoned paralegals and my learning curve was literally exponential.”

Carla explained that no two days are the same in her practice. “In property law you have to consider the impact of a variety of other legal issues, such as tax, commercial considerations, contract law, banking law, family law and the effect of marital status on transactions. Every day you are being examined by the Deeds Office – every transaction you lodge is scrutinised and anything less than 100% can mean financial prejudice to clients.” Clearly Carla is a perfectionist and years of grit and determination in successfully completing and funding her studies has made her a quietly formidable attorney. At 47 Carla is a proud mother of two children and her decision to accept the position as a director was made with the acknowledgement that both children are at an age where they can cope with the demands of school life independently. “My husband, Patrick, says he parents by instinct, while I parent by the book.” Patrick is a successful structural engineer and a hands-on dad, and his close involvement with the children and their extracurricular activities, which include violin and piano lessons, has allowed Carla to take this next step in her professional career. An interest in music is another common thread in this family with Carla describing growing up to the sounds of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel and expressing the view that, “Paul McCartney is timeless; he still draws a crowd after all these years and truly bridges the generation gap.” By introducing music to her children at a young age and fostering a love of playing an instrument, Carla hopes to offer some balance to the materialism and the pressures of social media the younger generation is exposed to. There is no doubt that Garlicke & Bousfield will benefit hugely from the work ethic and measured views of this experienced property lawyer. As for the middle child syndrome – I saw no signs of that!

Every transaction you lodge is scrutinised and anything less than 100% can mean financial prejudice to clients”

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men's grooming*


he men’s grooming industry has boomed in recent years, with many men embracing the idea of having professional skincare and haircare treatments. We sent some brave men for professional grooming and skincare treatments to get their take on the popular trend. Some were regular spa customers, and for others it was their first time. Spoiler alert: they all loved it!

Groomed to


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 Armitage Outfitters Glenn Duncan went to Armitage Outfitters in Park Square, uMhlanga, for a full house treatment. He had a haircut, ear and nose wax (ouch!), Acqua Di Parma Hot Towel Beard Grooming and an Acqua Di Parma Facial. Glenn – who goes for


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regular grooming treatments – had this to say about his experience: “I would highly recommend these barbers – they have a world-class store with top-class treatments, products and service. I even took my son back later that day for a haircut, which was very affordable at R100.”

 Sorbet Man Gateway Tilesh Bhoola enjoyed a Dermalogica steam shave, with Express Facial at Sorbet Man in Gateway. “I’ve had a facial and steam shave before – both as individual treatments – but today was a different experience having them done together,” said Tilesh. “I would definitely recommend this to friends – it was finally ‘me-time’ where I was totally relaxed and doing something for myself. I now get why my wife loves going to the spa and salon as often as she does! Shaka, my therapist at Sorbet

 Sweeney's Barber Shop Father and son duo, Dave and Oliver Mackintosh, visited Sweeney’s Barber Shop in uMhlanga for some pampering. Oliver had a cut and blow dry, while dad had a cut, blow dry and shave. Both came out looking very smart! Oliver loved the “cool style” Lazlo gave him, and was so excited to have his hair blow dried and styled for the first time ever – and was super proud of his new cool look. Dave is a DIY kind of guy and doesn’t often go to a barber. “I enjoyed the shave and it left my face feeling very smooth and looking incredibly neat. I battle with ingrown hairs, but this treatment didn’t leave my skin feeling irritated at all. It was very gentle on my skin. And my haircut is great – much better than a DIY shave at home!” said Dave.

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n the marketplace, prospective buyers may throw a price objection at a salesperson, often leaving that salesperson scrambling for a quick response. An inexperienced or unskilled salesperson may just agree to drop the price then and there, and a more experienced salesperson will confidently hold their price. Buyers are savvy in using this tactic, and whilst discounts do have their place in certain scenarios, salespeople must take care to not just drop

If a product has a profit margin of 30% and the salesperson gives a 10% discount to make the sale, the company loses a massive onethird (33.33%) of the available profit. Assume something sells for R10 000 and has a R3 000 gross profit. If we give a R1 000 discount the selling price will now be R9 000 and the profit reduced to R2 000. We have given away R1 000 profit, now divide that by the original profit of R3 000 and that is 33.3% of the profit that has just been given away

ABOVE: From left: Nicole Kitching, Melissa Jacobs, Suné Alexander and Emily Motaung. Picture: Shane Doyle The below table illustrates this example;

NO Discount

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Cost Price






Profit %



How discounting can HARM your business MELISSA JACOBS EXPLAINS THE IMPACT DISCOUNTING CAN HAVE ON YOUR BOTTOM LINE their price as this can have far reaching implications on the business profitability, as demonstrated further below. Price is what the customer pays, value is what they get. As soon as the customer perceives that the price is higher than the value, they don’t buy. They have to perceive the value to be equal or more than the price, in order for a sale to happen. Salespeople need to ensure that they are highly skilled in explaining and demonstrating the value to the customer. Let’s take a look at the implication on the numbers as a result of discounting.

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The scary part is that in order to get the R1 000 profit back, you will need to increase your sales by 50% (R4 545) considering that you are now operating on a 22% Gross Profit. Business owners and their salespeople must do their best to protect their price and margins. It’s important for businesses to invest in teaching sales people not to hesitate or stumble when a buyer insists on a lower price, and to rather equip them with negotiating tactics that will help them hold firm on their prices. This also boosts a customer’s

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n another life Renzo Scribante could have been an advertising executive or an architect for the rich and famous. The 41-year-old husband and father of three is suave and debonair. He looks as slick as Don Draper from the Emmy Award winning television series and speaks about buildings with similar conviction to Danish designer Bjarke Ingels. Renzo is neither ad-man nor architect. He’s a blend of both: a man with uncanny attention to detail and the keenest interest in how people interact with the spaces they are drawn to. In South Africa the name Scribante is synonymous with big mining and construction businesses, but Renzo – the youngest son in the


ABOVE: Renzo with wife Emma.

third generation – opted for a career in brand building. Or rather, it found him when he returned to South Africa after a five-year stint in London working in finance. He was helping his eldest brother Franco sell mining equipment when their father built Flanders Mall in Mount Edgecombe. The family wanted to honour their middle brother Remo who had died in a motorbike accident in 1999 – and so the eponymous restaurant was born. It was a labour of love and Renzo was deeply invested, creating an inviting, hospitable space that honoured his brother and the Scribante legacy. The walls are adorned with family memorabilia. It is a testament to pukka Italian heritage:

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FAR LEFT: Old Town Italy in uMhlanga. LEFT: Bard & Minstrel and Old Town Italy.

Formula One racing cars, proper coffee and delicious food. It seems no expense was spared in sourcing the finest Italian deli equipment and food, creating a thoroughly authentic experience. A pet project turned into a popular and absorbing business, a 24/7 enterprise that prompted Renzo’s dad to challenge him to learn about artisanal bread. Renzo found one of South Africa’s best bakers and apprenticed to him for six months, which enhanced Remo’s reputation. It was 2012 and Renzo realised the business had to grow – and it did. In the process he learnt invaluable lessons about three passions: property, hospitality and branding. Next an old tea room in uMhlanga Village

It elegantly combines establishment, art deco and modern in a symphony of style that is tasteful but not stuffy

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was completely transformed into the next outlet which considerably upped the popularity of what was once a seaside holiday resort. The Remos brand was the launchpad for other successes like The Dutch, Saltwater, and notably Old Town Italy, in what is uMhlanga Newtown, but was then a lonely strip of road that was home to motor retailers. But, it was on the way to Reddam College, and Renzo rightly anticipated moms would flock there on the way to and from school, drawn to the beautifully curated delicatessen and pavement culture. “True brands have to have a true story. At Remos and Old Town Italy the black and white photos are of my family. Human beings are inherently nostalgic. We treasure memories. Black and white photos are timeless. They demand enquiry. They could have been taken 100 years ago or yesterday, but you’re still drawn to them.” Renzo’s flair for harnessing energy is born out of his meticulous focus on brand DNA. Design that creates culture. It is reflected in the choice of materials, the colour, the flow and how people respond to it. “Brands that deliver well pay attention to every detail. Memorable places do everything right, from the music to the movement of people, they build a connection with their customers.” Renzo’s successes meant he was a natural fit for the developers of the Arch, uMhlanga’s newest and most iconic development. He is a tenant and his bespoke Bard & Minstrel coffee shop and Assouline book store is a Durban first. He was a consultant in the wider retail and hospitality offering at the Arch with key input on the High Street feel and Legacy restaurant node. When the Coronavirus lockdown hit, Renzo was on the brink of emigrating to the US where he and a colleague are consulting on a property development in Dallas. Renzo, his wife Emma and their three children, Scarlett, Rocco and Raphaella, decided home was the best place to be in the midst of a global pandemic. This prompted Renzo’s involvement in his »



latest project, the incredibly impressive Pencil Club which occupies the top two floors of the Arch and has breathtaking 360-degree floorto-ceiling views of the sea, city, uMhlanga and inland. The design and decor is splendid. It elegantly combines establishment, art deco and modern in a symphony of style that is tasteful but not stuffy. Designer buffs will no doubt wax lyrical about it in time to come, but here’s a snapshot. A lobby with slick concierge leads to lounges, restaurant, ballroom, library, boardroom and a half-a-dozen beautifully appointed meeting rooms that can double up as private dining areas. Every inch of the place from the muted

Renzo believes the Pencil Club is representative of what Durban can become and is more about aspiration and like mindedness than exclusivity lights in the cigar bar to the emerald tiles in the bathrooms to the starched aprons of the waitrons and the spectacular array of artwork adorning the walls, is meticulously curated. Wood, modern lines, oval curves, marble and velvet come together in a marvellous ensemble that demands you linger. Oh, and there’s a rooftop pool and former rugby star Keegan Daniel is the general manager. The club grew out of conversations between Renzo and Marc Rosenberg and his fellow Arch investors. What started out as a plan for a swish cocktail bar turned into the addition of another floor on the top of the building. Renzo believes the Pencil Club is representative of what Durban can become and is more about aspiration and like mindedness than exclusivity. The Pencil Club is modelled on clubs like,


TOP: A taste of the Pencil Club. ABOVE: Renzo Scribante and

Pencil Club general manager, Keegan Daniel.

The Arts Club in London, Soho House Globally, and a collection of member clubs in Europe, the US and India, each different, but not based on wealth or family status. It is aimed at entrepreneurs and diversity. Renzo’s fascination with the old is his embrace of the future. He believes the world is moving away from big and brash towards intimate, boutique spaces. “We want places we can connect with, spaces filled with people and things we trust. We want community.” The glut of malls and ego driven architecture is done. It’s oversaturated. “I’m fascinated by the change, by what spaces work and why. I love unpacking the elements, inspecting the finer details. What makes places memorable? That’s my passion. I don’t know where the journey will take me but I know if I don’t create, I stagnate.”

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n addition to accepting commissions for a variety of subjects, Ali began painting pet portraits for clients in 2018. “I was exhibiting my work when I decided to do some smaller canvasses to add a different element to the exhibition,” she recalls. “I quickly painted Coffee, my Dashchund – and my muse – in some bright pop art colours and then added three more

portraits of different breeds of dog. I wanted to create contemporary pieces in bright colours rather than the usual ‘chocolate box’ images. To my surprise, all four portraits sold!” Through word of mouth and social media Ali has since painted around 34 commissioned portraits with more in the pipeline – dogs, cats, a parrot and her most challenging to date, the chameleon which she says


became one of her favourites. “Original artwork is much more exciting than photographs as I enjoy changing the composition and colours and

trying to capture the pets’ characters. I’ve noticed that the demand for pet portraits has definitely increased, perhaps as a result of lockdown as I feel

families have come to value their pets more after spending a lot more time with them.” It also helps to have an innate love of animals and

Ali takes time to help our less fortunate creatures. A loyal supporter of animal welfare organisations such as SPCA and Project Dog, she uses her artwork to raise funds as well as helping to collect food and blankets: “2020 has been a very difficult year for these societies that rely on donations.” Ali is currently working on a range of gift cards entitled Call Me A Dog using images of her own dogs and further down the

Win A Portrait Of Your Pet Exclusive to you, Ali is offering to do a 20cm x 20cm oil on canvas painting of your pet. Enter today by going to www.famouspublishing.co.za. Closing date is June 30, 2021. line Ali’s Cats, with a percentage of sales going towards animal welfare organisations. “As much as I enjoy painting pets, I haven’t forgotten my love for florals and abstracts and always welcome the challenge of tackling something I haven’t done before.”


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Gowan Jones Reddam House uMhlanga’s Director of Hockey, Gowan Jones, will be representing South Africa on the hockey field at the Tokyo Olympics. Durban-born Gowan joined Reddam uMhlanga at the beginning of 2018 and is grateful for their support: “The whole Reddam House group has been incredibly supportive in encouraging me during this opportunity to compete at the Olympics.” His journey to the Olympics has been years in the making. He earned his first cap for South Africa in 2013 and has represented South Africa at two Hockey World Cups. He went on to be part of Team South Africa at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and is now part of the 2020 SA Men’s Olympic Squad. A passionate and determined fitness fanatic, he is incredibly dedicated to his training and nutrition. Gowan has built a solid reputation in the hockey community which inspired him to start a goalkeeping academy to share his knowledge and experience with the next generation of players. He is also a qualified strength and conditioning coach as well as a sports massage therapist which adds value to his coaching as well as his own game and training regime. FOR MORE INFO Phone 031 566 5736 or go to www.umhlanga.reddamhouse.com/

Phuza Water Ballito  How and when did your business start and what was the inspiration behind it? My new water venture began three months ago when I bought the existing business as a going concern. Growing up in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, supplying clean pure drinking water at affordable prices has been a dream that has inspired me to aquire Phuza Water Ballito.  What makes Phuza Water unique? I have been involved in the petroleum, retail and construction industry for most of my working career. Starting and growing businesses while focusing on service delivery is my goal in every venture I’m involved with. I’m passionate not only about growing businesses, but also about the people I meet along the way.  What can you offer Ridge readers? Best prices without compromise to quality. Service delivery and a personal relationship with our customers. Being a smaller water supply business means we can service our customers according to their individual needs – be it for their homes, or branded water for businesses or restaurants and events. FOR MORE INFO Shop 14, The Quarter Shopping Centre, Ballito; Phone/WhatsApp: 079 475 6318; ballito@phuzawater.co.za; phuza-water-ballito.business.site/; @phuzawaterballito; W @phuzawaterballito

ARTISTIC SWIMMING Kathleen Jarvis & Jessica McCarthy are part of the KZN Aquatics Synchronised Swimming Team. Kathleen & Jessica earned Gold in the Free Team Event.

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ATHLETICS Salma Bejia won the U16 girls 800m at the KZN Track & Field Championships & placed 5th at the SA Track Championships.

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Georgina Church competed in the SA Senior Women's Championships in 50m & 100m backstroke & freestyle.

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WATER POLO Ilse Southey made the SA U20 National Squad for 2021.

SWIMMING Ashley Ebing, Chloé Graaff, Scarlett Nichol, and Sarah McLaren competed at the SA Junior National Championships where they achieved a combined total of ten 1st places.

TRIATHLON Kadence Ribbink and Mikhaela de Oliveira competed in the SA Triathlon Championships.

OPEN WATER SWIMMING Ashley Ebing represented KZN at the SA Open Water Championship and placed 11th in the girls U15/U16.

SURFSKI Tannah Smith competed in the SA Surfski Championship where she placed 2nd in the doubles and 3rd in the individual events.

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LIFESAVING Tannah Smith has been selected for the KZN Junior Lifesaving Team.

HORSERIDING Sienna Setzkorn is currently ranked 11th in SA in the Junior Rankings and 5th in the Childrenʼs Rankings.

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Hannah Savage competed in the KZN Nipper Lifesaving Championships where she won the overall U13 Female Competitor.

CANOEING Chelsey OʼBrien competed in the SA Schools Canoe Sprint Championships where she won Silver in the girls U18 doubles category.



linical psychologist Dominique Manias had always planned to write a book to share her knowledge and guide readers as they navigated their “stormy weather”. As with many of us, life got in the way until in an instant she was faced with her own mortality. A vibrant 30-something mother of four sons, Dominique recalls the catalyst that got her started on her book Switch Your Light On. “After many years doing therapy with thousands of patients I began to see a common thread that formed the undercurrent of most people’s problems. This inspired me to one day write a book that would serve as a guide towards self-discovery. I kept saying I would start sometime in the future – but was so busy building my own family and working long hours there was never a gap.” At the end of 2017 Dominique found a lump in her breast and was subsequently diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer, followed by months of debilitating medical procedures. “My perspective of time changed,” she remembers. “Suddenly I realised I could no longer ‘bank on

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tomorrow’. So I began writing Switch Your Light On so that my sons would have a light to guide them through their lives in case I wasn’t able to be there for them. However, I first needed to help myself in order to share my knowledge. As I did my research – often late into the night – I began a deep and intensive personal journey. I lived each chapter of the book during my recovery process in order to be able to share some fundamental principles.”

Stress running rampant Alarmingly, according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) one in six South Africans suffer from anxiety, depression or substance abuse problems and this does not include

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more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Further research during the current pandemic revealed that two-thirds of people surveyed said their mental health worsened during lockdown while some said they experienced suicidal thoughts. “The pandemic has been a major contribution, exposing so many of us to rampant stress and depression. We are bombarded with so much information that it can dominate our own channel of thinking and lead us into darkness and despair,” comments Dominique. “However, I believe that with every ending there is a new beginning and nothing lasts forever. As the saying goes, this too shall pass. It is often from our darkest time that we see the light and grow the most, as was certainly the case for me. My book brings together the main concepts that teach you how to focus your thinking and pave the way to your intended destination.”

Dominique's coping tips Stay present in the “now”. When we are consumed with thoughts about the past we develop depression and when we are fixated with worries about the future we become anxious. Peace and calm exists

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My book brings together the main concepts that teach you how to focus your thinking and pave the way to your intended destination”

within and can be reached by letting go of thinking by using your senses to become present with the “now”. Try to repeat this practice every day. Respond to your body. If tired, rest, if hungry, nourish it. Just as you would nurture a baby so you need to have responsibility for yourself. Use breathing techniques and meditation to still the mind in order to hear your intuitive nudges guiding you towards the next right move. Allow nature to be your grounding agent by spending time in natural surroundings. Negative thoughts are like weeds; the moment you stop tending to the garden they’ll grow back. A paragraph from the final chapter of Switch Your Light On: You are the creator, you are the artist and the maker of your reality. Trust that you have the ability to synchronise with all of who you are. It will come in the form of good feelings. Follow these good feelings and the possibilities are endless.


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rom the exterior, there’s little that gives away what’s inside. Glide up the escalator to the retail floor, and there it is, a gloriously contemporary oasis encircled by towering residential and commercial structures. The most arresting elements are the faceted mirrors of glass every which way you look – from the iconic arch-like gap in the façade, to the shop fronts and surrounding buildings. There’s a strong sense of connectedness between the never-ending movement of the world outside reflecting on the glass and the deep sense of pause you feel in here. Sitting sipping a cappuccino there’s a


steady trickle of people focused on their destination – breakfast or beauty outlet – laptops and phones poised for business or pleasure. The uMhlanga Arch was conceptualised by a dynamic group of developers with a heart for people and the city of Durban. “The vision for the open yard space was to create not only an aesthetically appealing space, but an experiential environment too, tapping into local business and creating a unique high street experience for consumers looking for authentic, destination retail,” comments Marc Rosenberg, uMhlanga Arch Asset Manager. The attention to detail in this space

is immensely pleasing. From the shop front canopies, the quaint bistro seating, charcoal and brick walls, to living green planters and spouting water features, there’s a combination of materials and moods that really work well together. Strolling down the High Street, it feels as if your every need could be catered for, with quality winning over quantity. You can shop some serious international brands here: Assouline, Cartier, Birkenstocks, DL1961 jeans wear, Etro and Karl Lagerfeld and more to name a few for the shopper looking to stay on trend season after season. Each exquisitely curated window display pulls you in, as does the bright Broadway

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Wellness: lights of signage and logos, well-tended greenery and big LED screen brightly lit by billboard advertisements. There’s a real feeling of doing things differently. For both men and women, pampering is at its premium, with good looking barber shops, an onsite tailor and stylish beauty salons. There’s a slow-shopping boutique feel, where everything is exclusive, and nothing is too much trouble. Wine or fragrance, stylish clothes or homeware, signature jewellery pieces and accessories – you’ll find what you’re looking for. You can feel the buzz and hear the laughter, designed to be sociable, with oodles of green or cobblestoned space for everything and

everyone, from a sit down restaurant to a wide open food market with eight different eatery options to choose from and a rooftop cocktail bar overlooking uMhlanga, the city and our KZN coastline. Whatever you feel like eating, drinking, enjoying or listening to, it’s there for the taking. “Our development is truly a space to enjoy yourself, make memories and extract real value. We believe uMhlanga Arch will be the benchmark for the Live, Work, Stay, Play model and remain excited for what it will bring to the city of Durban,” says Marc. There is no finer place with better KZN coastline viewpoints in Durban for those who live, shop and socialise selectively and love life to be different.

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he ninth annual Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge Awards, hosted in early March in recognition of South Africa’s top culinary and hospitality talent, was met with much excitement and anticipation. The initiative remains devoted to the growth, support and acknowledgement of the South African hospitality industry, and this year was no different. This year’s challenge received numerous entries in eager contest for


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the top honours, and Tsogo Sun Hotels’ iconic luxury Durban property – the Beverly Hills Hotel – was the star of the evening. The commendable team raked up 13 awards, including the prestigious Hotel General Manager of the Year Award won by the man at the helm of the hotel, John Aritho. “The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the Groups founding hotels with a great legacy and reputation for service excellence. We are proud of the great work and achievement by John Aritho

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and his team. This achievement is a true testament to the warm hospitality and impeccable service Tsogo Sun Hotels has become synonymous with for over 50 years,” comments Marcel von Aulock, Tsogo Sun Hotels CEO. The incredible team at the Beverly Hills were honoured with the following top awards at this year’s virtual event. • General Manager Of The Year: John Aritho • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge Chef Of The Year: Ivanna Ganesh • Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge Pastry Chef Of The Year: Sohail Seegobin

The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of the Groups founding hotels with a great legacy and reputation for service excellence TOP: Augustino Bedini, Lungile Ignatia Mkhize (barista), and Paula Visser from Avanti Coffees. ABOVE: John Aritho, Ivanna Ganesh, and Hagashen Moodley (mentor). LEFT: Sohail Seegobin, Samantha Croft, Paula Noah, Lungile Ignatia Mkhize, Nathan Mc Miles, Nathania Wasserman, John Aritho, Ntsiki Msweli, Ivanna Ganesh, Hagashen Moodley, Xolani Mzileni, Augustino Bedini, and Sandy Harper.

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• Best Team: The Beverly Hills • Mentor Of The Year: Hagashen Moodley, Sous Chef • The Purple Ribbon Award For The Best Sa Pork Dish: Ivanna Ganesh • 1st Place Lancewood Best Dessert: Sohail Seegobin • 1st Place Butter Cake: Sohail Seegobin In remaining true to their commitment to the growth and development of industry talent, the Inter-Hotel Challenge has awarded the Pastry Chef of the Year, Sohail Seegobin with a three-week internship in France, the home of fine patisserie at the exquisite Chateau La Creuzette in Boussac. A matchless prize where the winner will continue to broaden his culinary skills and at the same time absorb incomparable French flair. Says Annette Kesler of the Distell Inter-Hotel Challenge: “The core objectives that lie at the heart of this Challenge, remain unchanged. We are about mentorship for the next generation of hospitality giants in South Africa. The young men and women we meet as candidates throughout the Challenges, are the same individuals who go on to become the leading lights in South Africa‘s hospitality industry. Hospitality is the backbone of tourism, and tourism is a core industry of South Africa. Without mentorship programmes like these, and the passionate commitment of the hotels and their management, sommeliers, executive chefs, farmers, food producers and educators across the disciplines, our hotel industry would not be able to sustain the high standards by which we are known around the globe.” FOR MORE INFO Go to tsogosun.com; follow on T and @TsogoSun or like on W @TsogoSun



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abour legislation compliance in the domestic sectors – any employee within the scope of your residence – has always been challenging. Not only compliance issues, but also managing domestic resources efficiently. Do you answer “Yes” to the following questions? • Do you know what the minimum wage for a domestic worker is? • Does your domestic worker have a job description? • Do you provide your domestic worker with information relating to their pay? • Are you registered as a domestic employer with UIF and declaring monthly on ufiling? • Is your domestic worker meeting your standards? If not, what have you done about it? The Constitutional Court on November 19, 2020, decided that domestic workers are entitled to Compensation under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), effective immediately and retrospective to April 27, 1994. Typically, we have seven days to report an injury, however, for the period April

27, 1994 until the date of implementation there is leniency to report incidents during this period until November 19, 2021. This means you need to register as an employer with the Compensation Fund and submit a return of earnings for your employee which you will pay after assessment on each year. This falls under class m, sub class 2 500 at an assessment rate of 1,04 from 2021 onwards. During a recent webinar we hosted, some issues were clarified. For instance, what if your domestic worker only works for you one day a week, and perhaps has various employers? If you employ someone for even one hour a month, they must be covered for that one hour in case of possible injury. All domestic residences are prone to accidents. And lastly, COIDA will also cover if you pass Covid on to your domestic worker. Don’t miss our next COIDA webinar in June. Contact us to get the registration link, follow our telegram page https://t.me/ blacksuitsupdates, or follow Blacksuits on Facebook or LinkedIn. FOR MORE INFO Kristy Keating: 082 312 6114; www.blacksuits.co.za


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of gorgeous adventure. Coco & Salt is more than just style; we value comfort, quality and versatility. We know that style goes beyond fashion. It’s the way we feel, express, and connect – both with ourselves and with the people we meet along the way. We dress women who know exactly who they are: gorgeous, inside and out. Founder Karen Jessop launched Coco

& Salt for South African women, like herself, who wanted beautifully feminine clothing that could handle the heat and humidity of our weather. Karen set about curating a fun, fresh, and feminine range of bohemian clothing that bursts with colour and wraps the wearer with lightness and comfort. Sold online and in selected boutiques nationwide, Coco & Salt has

become known for its curated collection of premium, vibrant, and lightweight prints that embody freedom, luxury, and adventure. The distinctive designs, limited ranges and exclusive stockists ensure that each and every Coco & Salt piece is a unique addition to your wardrobe.


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ot damn, I love food, and I love people. No prizes for guessing how much I love people who also love food. I’ll start this issue’s love letter with a reminder that there was a time when the steakhouse ruled supreme, and the most “exotic” food we could get at a restaurant was Spaghetti Alfredo. So imagine the collective delight of the cheese sauce-soaked masses when the one and only Sean Beatt opened one of South Africa’s first authentic Thai restaurants – Baan Thai on Florida Road – in 1994.


Shazam! Fragrant, fresh and full of creative dishes jammed with fantastic new ingredients, Sean and wife Premjit’s menu tasted of adventure and boldly challenged a food scene as predictable as grease on French fries. Hallelujah. Food runs in Sean’s family, with dad Brian having owned and run top-end bistro The Colony, an ahead-of-its-time destination with a reputation for gastronomy and mischief in equal parts. Having developed and owned the Bangkok Wok franchise, Sean and Premjit ditched the corporate hamster wheel and now run two ridiculously good and authentic

noodle shops in North Durban – The Wok Box in Mackeurtan Avenue, and SW1 in Mount Edgecombe’s Flanders Mall. My girls and I are super-regulars at SW1, where we’re constantly delighted with a revolving door of killer new menu items, each better than the last. I’m forever amazed at the energy and passion I get from Sean – he’s a contagious, empathetic human, and he knows his spring onions. I had to ask him the question

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that keeps me up at night, and yet for which there is no finite answer: Why does restaurant food taste different – better even – than home cooking? Yes, I hear you, there’s nothing like a home-cooked meal, but also, there’s nothing like the craft and excellence of a brigade of professional, trained chefs in full swing. The answer: In experience, equipment and technique. And of course, it’s the vibe, the mood we’re in when we’re waited on – it

all adds up. As home cooks, we can get pretty close to restaurant-standard food, but for me at least, there’ll always be a something special about a professionally prepared meal. For Sean, authenticity is everything. There’s literally no substitution for real ingredients from specialist grocers – world-famous soy, fish and oyster sauces and shrimp pastes, fresh choi, lemongrass and radishes. And then, there are those inimitable ingredients that make all the difference – galangal, tamarind and palm sugar to name just a few. It’s in these unique combinations that the true joy of south-east Asian cooking lies, and no Western shortcuts will do. It’s not about screaming-hot curries and chilli that’ll wake your ancestors. Thai food is about the perfect balance of many complex flavours – a hot, sweet, salty and sour joyride that’ll leave you wanting more, and searching desperately online for a recipe that comes close. So here’s an

authentic cook-at-home Thai recipe straight from the sunny shores of Koh Samui for ya!

Green Chicken Curry • 1 whole chicken • peanut or vegetable oil • 1 dessert spoon of curry paste per person • 4 green chillis, sliced diagonally • 4 lime leaves, preferably fresh • 1 tin coconut milk • 1 tin coconut cream • 1,5 empty coconut milk tins of water • 50g palm sugar • 1 calabash, peeled, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces (try and get this from your local Asian market, it’s worth it – or substitute with fresh green beans) • handful of basil leaves • fish sauce to taste • fresh red chilli, sliced for garnish Portion chicken into bite-size pieces (cut drumstick into 2, etc). Break up carcass for use.

Coat bottom of a pot with oil over medium-low heat, gently fry curry paste, chilli and lime leaves for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat, add coconut cream and milk, water and palm sugar, stirring slowly until blended. When sugar has dissolved, add chicken pieces and simmer slowly until almost done, roughly 45 minutes. Add calabash and cook until just tender – too long and it’ll get mushy. Add ripped basil leaves before serving. Season to taste with salt or fish sauce. Curry paste is salted so if you’re seasoning, add slowly and taste as you go. Garnish with fresh chilli and serve with steamed basmati rice. Until next time, consider this: You don’t want to look back and wish you’d eaten Thai food more often. The balance may seem complex and even elusive, but it’s worth the effort – and if all else fails, visit Sean immediately.


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fter 14 years as a flight attendant based in Dubai, Sian Rubelli hung up her wings and moved back to Durban with husband Lance after their son Nathan was born. Sian continued her career in the hospitality industry within the recruitment sector, but when lockdown happened and the hospitality and aviation industries essentially shut down, Sian was motivated to start her own business. Having visited an impressive 65 countries during her stint in the skies, Sian had filled her home with a fascinating collection of ornaments, wall-hangings, handicrafts, even furniture, from Malawi, Mali, Ghana, India and South Africa – each as unique as the next piece. Her plan was to make these finds available to likeminded people in South Africa: “Most of us aren’t travelling much at the moment, so Shelby Finds (named after her rescue cat brought from Dubai) is about bringing a taste of the exotic and unusual; beautiful


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ABOVE & SURROUNDS: Sian Rubelli with some of her finds – Kantha quilts and Bolga fans, which she has sourced from around Africa and the world.

pieces of art that will infuse personality and whimsy into your space. “Social media is an invaluable resource that has allowed us to gain sales opportunities and engage with customers. Instagram, in particular, is Shelby Finds’ biggest marketing tool in terms of establishing and maintaining our brand identity,” comments Sian, who lives in Sunningdale. The products are sourced from an eclectic mix of crafts people: Handtufted wool rugs and Kantha quilts from Jaipur, Bolga fans from the Bolgatanga community of Ghana, mud cloth wallhangings from Mali, a bespoke range of bowls made by Cape Town ceramicist Gemma Orkin and more. “I am loving forging relationships with suppliers and have ‘met’ some awesome female fellow entrepreneurs,” enthuses Sian. Sian’s latest project is designing a new range of textiles with artisans in Jaipur and working with local KZN wood-carving artists creating unique furniture pieces. She has recently started wholesaling to boutiques nationwide. While many entrepreneurs are concerned about competitors, Sian’s mindset is refreshing: “There’s an African proverb that resonates with my belief in collaboration over competition. If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together.”


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ovid-19 touched every area of our lives in ways we didn’t even imagine possible. Overnight our homes were transformed into multipurpose spaces as different generations arm-wrestled for quiet spots to learn, work, Zoom, watch TV, and escape. In the opinion of interior decorator Tracy Kelly of Nom de Plume Studio: “We wanted our homes to become a place of healing and comfort. For some, that means calm interiors with less but more impactful pieces – choosing quality over quantity; for others, it means the bold use of colour, drawing inspiration and comfort from their healing powers.”

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TRENDS One thing’s clear. We all had time to examine our homes, and found them wanting for this new life thrust upon us. We weren’t eating out or holidaying, so those funds were redirected into making our homes more liveable, more enjoyable, and more functional. Interior decorators are busy. Decor trends are largely driven by events or the mood in a country, and in Covid’s case, it drove two seemingly apposite trends: cocooning, and finetuning our homes for entertaining. The team of Vision by Milstead and Hayter says the main bedroom as the traditional first port of call for decorators has been superseded by entertainment and leisure areas. If you can’t go out, you stay in – and bring people into your home. South Africans are creating convivial “pubs” and “restaurants” inside their homes. Josey


SAVVY INTERIOR DECORATORS ARE RARELY SLAVES TO TRENDS, BUT RATHER CAREFULLY SELECT THOSE TO WHICH THEY ARE DRAWN AND IDENTIFY AS ENHANCING A SPECIFIC HOME AND ITS ARCHITECTURE, ITS OWNERS AND THEIR LIFESTYLE, WRITES ANNE SCHAUFFER Hayter says they’re opening up the lounge to the patio in an even bigger way than previously: “We’re removing doors between lounge and patio, so the lounge is a massive space – those stackback doors or shutters are pushed out so they’re between patio and garden.” Space, light and air are big drivers. Spaces are being multi-purposed, so too some furniture. The Vision team has been installing “champagne bars” – essentially a kitchen table at a bar height. So, instead of the limited space and functionality of a standard bar, you now can fit more people for drinks/eats/socialising. Wendy-Lee Douglas of Douglas & Douglas – mother of three children under 11 – is understandably drawn to the clear trend regarding organisation and the minimisation of clutter: “Thanks to Netflix’s The Home Edit and Marie Kondo, I’ve

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introduced loads of storage solutions within the home to keep chaos at bay. I have plenty of decorative woven baskets around the home to house toys, because, even with a dedicated playroom, kids always want to play in spaces where you are.” Tracy Kelly also hones in on the tidy-up queen Marie Kondo’s philosophy, and points to the current Japandi trend – a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian interiors: “Essentially, clean lines with the focus on light and minimalism.” When it comes to wall colour, “It’ll always depend on what look you’re after,” says

Tracy Kelly also hones in on the tidy-up queen Marie Kondo’s philosophy, and points to the current Japandi trend – a combination of Japanese and Scandinavian interiors: “Essentially, clean lines with the focus on light and minimalism.” Wendy-Lee, “but our current favourite is to paint the bottom third of a wall in one colour, then fill the other two-thirds with another. It plays wonderfully with proportions, and adds architectural interest to a space.” The Vision team’s choice is white walls throughout the home – and that love of white is echoed by decorator Nikki Rolfe: “White is powerful, ancient, smart, timeless and loved by architects and designers. It always looks good, cool and calm, no matter your style, and there are so many different whites from which to choose – cool, chalky shades through to a white rose. Used with almost any other colour, white adds a look of freshness.”

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one wants a home which looks like anyone else’s, and this ensures the individuality of yours. Upcycle – never be frightened to paint, re-upholster, and alter. Natural materials are always a personal favourite for Tracy, and she mixes rough with smooth – like natural woods with beautiful marble, and organic textured tiles with natural sisal and cane. Likewise, Nikki Rolfe suggests, “Add straw and rattan for appealing texture; or combine natural objects with lush greenery.” Tracy also suggests that “Fabric with texture is huge – think a chair cover in a textured wool. It feels like a giant hug – just what we all want, isn’t it?”


The Vision team favours two whites – Plascon’s Evening Mist and Dulux’s Winter Bird – then add feature walls of colour, cladding, mirrors or wallpaper. “That white palette provides a cohesive, unfussy look, and allows you to go wild if you like, on your decor and fabric colours. Wallpapers, too, are massive at the moment, as are murals, particularly featuring botanicals or tropicals.” The indoor-outdoor trend will never leave sunny South African shores, so our focus on indoor greenery as a decor trend – pictorial as in framed botanicals on the wall, or live plants – makes perfect sense: “Unanimously, the inclusion of our environment and how we can bring it indoors has translated into loads of greenery. The positive energy radiating from plants within a home is priceless,” says Tracy Kelly. All decorators agree on plant power: “Indoor plants – the bigger the better,” says the Vision team. “Palm trees or banana leaves which touch your ceiling. Even a vase on a server, with oversized green leaves. People want a fresh feel.” There’s long been a pull to natural,


even earthy fibres, colours and finishes, compounded by growing awareness around sustainability. Bluntly, not everyone cares deeply about putting sustainable or local first, but with local it does tend to trickle through in accessories, artwork, and the like. Tracy Kelly feels strongly, “Producing more local content and developing our skills is imperative. In time,

FOR MORE INFO JOSEY HAYTER AND SHAZ MILSTEAD: www.visionbymilsteadandhayter.com TRACY KELLY: www.tracykellydesign.com WENDY-LEE DOUGLAS: www.douglasanddouglas.co.za NIKKI ROLFE: www.nikkirolfe.co.za

White is powerful, ancient, smart, timeless and loved by architects and designers we’ll improve on quality and pricing – we’ve relied on imports for too long.” For those not focused on sustainability, combining old with new feeds into reusing and recycling. “Mixing old pieces with new is certainly current, and nothing makes a home feel more lived in than when you have a collection of vintage pieces,” says Tracy. Nikki concurs, “Whip out old pieces and combine them with new ones.” No

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here’s nothing like a comfortable lounge suite or a favourite armchair to come home to at the end of a day. Leisure Lounge specialise in the manufacturing of top quality, custom-made furniture, offer a range of 200 designs, and a massive choice of the latest fabrics to select from. From classic leather lounge suites to corner suites, two-seater and three-seater options as well as single chairs, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To keep you ahead of the curve in 2021, here are the latest trends in home furnishings to whet your appetite. • Combine wood and metal furniture – like metal bases with wooden tops.

WHATEVER YOUR STYLE, THE LATEST IN HOME TRENDS AND LOUNGE SUITES CAN BE SEEN AT LEISURE LOUNGE • There’s a move towards light coloured woods such as oak – creating a Scandinavian look. Great if you like a minimalist look. • When choosing colours, think neutral with accents of green, ochre and navy. • Organic accessories such as light fittings, pendants and so on, made from natural woven fibres, are big and look great. • Be daring and try a combination of antique natural-looking leathers with modern fabrics. FOR MORE INFO www.leisurelounge.co.za; sales@leisurelounge.co.za

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Ampezzo Ð What a wooden floor wishes it could be At Italtile you can find timberlook products that are top quality porcelain tiles with cutting edge technology to create the most durable, low maintenance product for lasting beauty. AMPEZZO is our latest range of beautiful wood-look glazed porcelain floor tiles from local supplier Gryphon. The range offers two appealingly rich matt-look colourways: Natural and Whitewashed.  Ampezzo Natural Matt Glazed EcoTec Porcelain Tile 220x895mm, was R249 now R229/m².  Ampezzo Whitewashed Matt Glazed EcoTec Porcelain Tile 220x895mm, was R249 now R229/m².  Ampezzo Natural Matt Glazed Slip-Resistant EcoTec Porcelain Tile 220x895mm, R299/m².

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Midtown Ð Adding space naturally Midtown Manhattan is one of the wealthiest districts in New York, but there is certainly nothing mediocre about it. You will be in awe of how the MIDTOWN tile can make a small space stretch for metres more, and you will be humbled by the fact that local manufacturers have managed to produce this rectified, screed look surface to appear so natural and flowing.


Midtown Grey Matt Glazed Porcelain Tile 795x795mm, was R275 now R229/m². Midtown Charcoal Matt Glazed Porcelain Tile 795x795mm, was R275 now R229/m².  Midtown Charcoal SlipResistant Matt Glazed Porcelain Tile 795x795mm, was R309 now R279/m².

Retro Ð Right on trend RETRO is a magnificent remastering of the tile look that has been loved and much sought after for centuries. Based on the ancient art of “cementine”, but remastered with high tech digital inkjet technology, RETRO features a soft, honey-toned pattern on a matt, glazed porcelain tile. Suitable for floors, feature walls, patios, countertops, or a kitchen splash back. Manufactured by Ceramic Industries, RETRO is a welcome deluxe local addition to our ever-growing pattern “fiesta”, and has earned Italtile’s LiveGreen logo. Retro Patchwork Matt Glazed EcoTec Porcelain Tile 600x600mm, was R189 now R159/m².

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ABOVE: Sintered stone, 6mm thick for the cladding and 12mm for counter tops. LEFT: In kitchens we see a move towards thinner counter tops, sleeker lines, matt surfaces and a more subdued palette. Adding detail pops; either feature cladding, backlit onyx or details on main kitchen islands – like this island featuring crafted curved sides, robust and sumptuous against the clean contemporary slim surround counters.




frigran is a market leader in creating stone products that can bring to life any designer’s dreams, our core focus is the fabrication of Granite, Marble and CaesarStone. Our technology allows us to create quality products, with an emphasis on personalising each design to the individual’s needs.


Constantly pushing boundaries, be it investing in new materials or technology, we have our own water jet machine which allows us the freedom to create exciting new designs, as well a computer guided CNC machine which can cut stone perfectly straight or at 45 degree angles. Stone choices make or break a design, for counter tops there has been a move away from the 30mm thick granite

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ABOVE: Stone swatches show the trend towards thin counter tops. RIGHT: Keeping it clean, with thinner surrounding stone tops and a feature island.

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he world we live in has changed dramatically. A global pandemic, increased environmental concerns, growing awareness of inequality, a surge in online presence and a change in the landscape of the workplace, has fuelled a growing phenomenon and international trend over the last year. Keeping things simple, whether it be in home decor, fashion or simply decluttering our lives, less is more is most certainly getting our attention. The minimalist movement is more prolific now than ever before. Here are a few simple ways to streamline all aspects of your life to achieve this clean, “back to basics” lifestyle.   

The Minimalists: Less is Now

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things, which actually aren’t things at all. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have helped over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcasts, and Netflix films. They have built a movement out of minimalism and share how it’s never too late to start over with less, and why simplifying can lead us to more fulfilling, happier lives.  “Minimalism is the active intention of paring down so you can focus on what


things slower and finding inner peace in the stillness, while focusing on life’s most important “things” like health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Minimalism is the active intention of paring down so you can focus on what matters in life matters in life,” explains Matt D’Avella, documentary director. It is not only about decluttering stuff, but also our old mind patterns that no longer serve us. It allows us to make more conscious choices and encourages the search for happiness – not through things but through life itself. Taking

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Since the 1960s, minimalism has had a fundamental impact on art and pop culture. However, beyond fine art, minimalism as an aesthetic has taken hold of the interior design world, moving away from unnecessary embellishments and embracing clean lines, neutral colour palettes and multi-functional decor pieces. How to create a luxurious minimal design: • Make use of a limited colour palette of neutral or light colours, and add pops of colour with greenery, art pieces or textured wallpaper.  • Don’t be afraid to have some empty

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winter 2021:   • Whether you are working from home or in the office, a relaxed WFH (work from home) look will ensure you are on-trend this winter. Pair tailored trousers with a basic T-shirt or an oversized shirt with leggings, along with some comfortable footwear like a pair of Birkenstocks or trainers. • Designers have taken the loungewear of 2020 and made it chic for 2021. • Give basic a twist. Be sure to add some simple layering, with a jersey over your shoulders or a tailored jacket, to finish off the simple but stylish look. • For evening, the classical LBD (Little Black Dress) is back, but then again, did it ever go out of fashion?  If you are looking for inspiration, here are a few minimalist style icons: Victoria Beckham; Jane Fonda; Diane Keaton; Gwyneth Paltrow; Audrey Hepburn.

space, providing a clutter free environment. • Make use of multi-functional furniture – such as an ottoman – which can serve as both a coffee table and storage space for remotes and other items.  • Your decor should serve a purpose. We all have pieces we love, make it functional and help remove the clutter.  • Furniture should have clean lines and include simple decor objects. The emphasis should be on quality rather than quantity. 


Whether or not you are a true minimalist, there are many minimalist fashion trends that work as bases for any wardrobe. The simplicity of clean lines, simple shapes, a muted neutral palette, wardrobe basics and a pared-back approach to style is all the fashion inspiration you need for winter 2021.  The capsule wardrobe trends for


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love this quote by Chaim Potok: “I’ve begun to realise you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” Tembe has this. The Tembe quiet may be the deep silence of sand underfoot or under-wheel, compounded perhaps by the 10 vehicle limit at any one time in the 300 square kilometre park, and the massive elephants which, despite their size, pad through their world astonishingly silently. It could be some or all of that, but whichever, that quiet wilderness “has a quality and dimension all its own”. We stayed at Tembe Lodge, the community owned and run safari tent lodge on the Tembe

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BUCKET LIST AND COVID CLAUSTROPHOBIA – THAT’S HOW WE FOUND OURSELVES ON THE ROAD NORTH TO TEMBE. IT’S SAID THAT TEMBE ELEPHANT LODGE IS SO MUCH PART OF THE RESERVE THE ANIMALS HARDLY KNOW IT’S THERE – WE, TOO, FELT THE PLEASURE OF DISAPPEARING tribe’s ancestral land, a story as old as the park itself. Vusi Tembe is a member of that family, a highly skilled and knowledgeable guide, who can hear and identify a bird call over the sound of a diesel engine while skilled birders are still scrambling. This has been his home for life, so the birds, wildlife, terrain is in his blood. His view about Tembe is clear cut: “I’m not working for myself, I’m working for the community.” It’s a view visibly echoed by everyone with whom we came into contact. Ownership and collaboration


The park is renowned for its Tuskers, that is, elephants with impressive “ivory” weighing over 45kg

is empowering, and there’s a tangible sense that everyone – in front of and behind the scenes – puts their heart and soul daily into their warm, inviting version of hospitality. From Durban, it’s an easy four to five hours to reach Tembe. The biodiversity of the park is managed by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and the lodge by the community. You’ll find the Big Five at Tembe – all historically known to have been seen here – but the biggest of the Five is the real drawcard. The park is renowned for its Tuskers, that is, elephants with impressive “ivory” weighing over 45kg; the named Tuskers have now passed on, but a number of up-and-coming youngsters are clearly heirs to that throne. Elephants may be a key drawcard at Tembe, but the landscape is the other. It’s a tapestry of four to five different ecosystems, with the largest tract of sand forest in South Africa, as well as woodland, grassland and swampland. Travelling through this ever-changing environment is such a joy, because with the changes comes rare fauna and flora. This mixed terrain is a tantalising one for birds, and Tembe has a massive birding population – topping 350 species. Not much beats the intimacy with nature that

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glamping provides. A sheet of canvas between you and the wilds, one strong enough so you feel entirely secure, yet light enough to feel the vibration. That, together with plenty of light and air through the “windows”, and the primal pleasure of a joyful outdoor shower, gives you that sense of excitement, expectation, possibility. Not only do you have a particularly spacious tent with en suite … but also your own opensided spa tent (and massage beds) attached. The therapists come to you – an outdoor massage to the sounds of the birds and the bees beats any other, hands down. Tembe Lodge is an informal, relaxed experience. Dress up or down, sarong or safari chic. You can interact with other guests, or »

TOP LEFT: Up close and

personal with one of the many elephants at Tembe. ABOVE: Besides elephants, Tembe is home to many wild cats. LEFT: The graceful giraffe posing for the camera.

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not – entirely up to you. Our game ranger was Vusi Tembe, and he remained “ours” for the duration of our stay. His knowledge was one thing, but his story-telling about African folklore was equally captivating. Another thing unrivalled elsewhere, is the quality of the elephant interaction. The guides and elephants know each other and are habituated, so the elephants are calm around vehicles which provides some memorable encounters. There are a number of waterholes and hides on Tembe. One, Mahlasela hide in particular, is near the lodge, and a favourite of the elephants. We could have sat there all day watching a parade of species come

The guides and elephants know each other and are habituated, so the elephants are calm around vehicles which provides some memorable encounters down to drink. Is anything more satisfying than being elevated in a hide, secure, comfortable with coffee and rusk in hand … as the animal world carries on with its day, unaware of or unperturbed by your presence? For me, not much. We took the road to Tembe to satisfy our curiosity to explore a park of which others had spoken so highly. We came away so much richer for the experience, discovered a wonderfully welcoming, relaxed, supremely comfortable and, yes, affordable tented lodge, and a skilled, knowledgeable guiding crew and hospitality team. If you, too, feel the need to listen to some silence, head north to Tembe Elephant Lodge.

TOP: A relaxing evening around the campsite after a day in the bush. ABOVE: Luxury in the wild – where a sheet of canvas is all that separates you from nature. BELOW: A memorable encounter for young and old.


FOR MORE INFO www.tembe.co.za; info@tembe.co.za


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s the world grapples with the uncertainty surrounding the long-term implications of Covid-19, there is a measure of agreement on one thing – the global pandemic has fast-tracked numerous trends which were already emerging prior to the crisis. “Remote working, co-living, dark kitchens and online retail are just some of the trends identified during the pre-Covid years. Several of these have now been more widely adopted, as companies worldwide scramble to adjust and survive in the post-Covid environment,” says Anthony Stroebel, head of New Business Development for Pam Golding Properties and a director of the Green Building Council South Africa. While the business sector is likely to change many of the ways in which it operates in the new post-Covid world, households are also likely to reconsider how they live – both in terms of the homes they live – and now work – in, and their consumption patterns. “Scientists have long warned that our resource-intensive lifestyles are unsustainable and that the relentless destruction of our natural environment would ultimately unleash a global pandemic – a prospect that few of us could imagine until Covid-19 and the ensuing worldwide lockdowns effectively brought the entire global economy to a standstill last year.”



ABOVE: Gareth Bailey, Pam Golding Properties. Even now, many hope the global vaccine programme will ultimately allow a return to “normal” towards yearend. However, it is far more likely that life will be forever recalibrated amidst a growing acknowledgement that the consequences of the prevailing “endless growth”

economic model that prevails in much of the world are an increasingly extreme climate and a heightened risk of global pandemics. “In this regard, Kate Raworth’s ‘Doughnut Model’ comes to mind, whereby humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet, in order to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice) – namely, the ‘centre’ – while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on earth’s lifesupporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – the ‘crust’. This moment in time

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therefore feels like somewhat of a tipping point.” Buildings and their construction together account for 36% of global energy use and 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. As a result, real estate is under the spotlight. While this presents numerous challenges it also provides an opportunity for real estate investors to make a significant difference. South Africa is already a leader in the growing global green building sector. Initially the focus has been on the commercial sector – and the benefits are already evident. It is

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estimated that green buildings reduce operating costs by 8% on average – primarily through reduced energy and water usage as well as lower long-term operating and maintenance costs. According to the most recent MSCI Green Property Index, certified green office buildings, being perceived as low risk investments, yielded better investment returns than non-certified buildings, and enjoyed lower vacancy rates. Furthermore, worldwide evidence is growing that green buildings actually deliver a multitude of benefits beyond their financial returns – helping to address climate change, creating thriving, sustainable communities, and driving economic growth through the creation of new jobs and industries. With many people spending the majority of their time indoors, the importance of a healthy building is selfevident. There is a growing awareness that the quality of our indoor environment plays an increasingly important

role in our overall productivity, health and wellness. While this was traditionally eight hours a day at our place of work, making a green office environment important, Covid has made the home a more important consideration – partly because of lockdown but also, in the longer-term, because of the increase in remote working. This will in all likelihood accelerate the adoption of green buildings in the residential sector. While a green home is important for our health, it is also crucial for our financial well-being, perhaps particularly in South Africa, as we share the global awareness of the urgent need to live a more sustainable life – both to address the imminent threat posed by climate change but also to offset ever-rising utility costs and to ensure the availability of these resources in our homes. As we adjust to life in the post-Covid world it seems green buildings will finally be embraced by the mainstream. While sustainable green living offers welcome utility efficiencies, it is essentially a more holistic concept. Stretching from upstream considerations such as building materials and design, all the way downstream to energy consumption and waste generation, a sustainable lifestyle is – at its heart – about the quality of life and the future health of the planet.


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o you know what social activity is surprisingly disappointing? You may not know this, but the catering at a tea party hosted by four-year-old girls is seldom very good. I know this from bitter experience. A few years ago, two four-year-old girls of my acquaintance extended a formal invitation to join them for tea. It wasn’t a written invitation, but nevertheless it was made with all due solemnity, so I duly informed them that I would be pleased to accept. Now, it’s true that I didn’t have a great deal of experience with small children, but I wasn’t completely clueless. I wasn’t expecting high cuisine. But still, I was hoping for, I don’t know, something. I arrived and was seated, and regarded with suspicion the teacup before me. It seemed a little small to provide a truly satisfying cuppa, but I was prepared to give it a shot. One four-year-old tilted the tiny teapot over my tiny cup, and we all watched as nothing came out. “Is it good?” said the other four-year-old, and she and her sister looked at me very earnestly. “Um,” I said. My mind was racing. Was there something wrong with them? Had they not noticed the lack of anything drinkable? I couldn’t in all conscience tell them this was a good cup of tea. “It’s not very hot,” I said at last. They considered that and nodded thoughtfully. “The kettle doesn’t work very well,” said one of them. “Have a Swiss roll.” Do I need to tell you that there was nothing on the plate? Were they trying to make a fool of me? A most unsatisfactory meal, but they kept inviting me back. “You’re their favourite guest,” their mom told me, but that didn’t ring true. If they liked me so much, surely they would take the time and trouble to get some real tea and some


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non-invisible Swiss roll. The next year they were five and invited me for a Father’s Day lunch. They assured me there would be spaghetti and also ice-cream, but by that time I was wise to the duplicity of youth, and knew not to get my hopes up. “Why don’t you have any children?” they asked me over the second course of fresh air. “Just lucky, I guess,” I replied.

They nodded thoughtfully, and said they were pleased about that, because if I had children of my own, I probably wouldn’t have as much time to play with them. I agreed that was probably the case. The good thing about children is they may not lay on a decent spread for tea, but they know which things are worth pretending about and which things aren’t. “Do you have a daddy?” they wanted to know. No, I replied, he died when I was just a little bit older than them. “We don’t have a daddy either,” they said. Maybe I could be their daddy, if I wanted? I told them I didn’t think it worked that way. “We could pretend you are though, can’t we?” they said. “Not real, just play-play.” I said I supposed so. Maybe. “What can we call you?” they wanted to know. I told them they could call me Darrel, which is what they had been calling me up until then. They considered that. “What if we call you Darry?” they said. “Because that’s a little bit Darrel, a little bit Daddy.” And I wanted to tell them that was fine, but it took me a while because my throat was suddenly strangely sore and there was something in my eye.

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