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ISSUE 7 autumn 2012

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Of Toll Roads and Railways From Pretoria to Johannesburg in six hours

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EDITOR Mark Beckman mark@famouspublishing.co.za SUB EDITOR Heidi Amrouni GROUP EDITOR David Wightman FASHION EDITOR Melissa Rom DESIGN Nazreen Bhyat CONTRIBUTORS Chris van Dalen, Melissa Rom, Ilse Ferreira, Andries Combrink, Indrid de Bruyn, Jay Maan, Christiaan Hattingh, Natasha Biagio, Zelna Oberholster, Albie Bredenhann REGIONAL PUBLISHER Doody Adams ADVERTISING MANAGER Tracy Linden ADVERTISING Ilse Liversage 083 242 0130

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New restaurants, best-kept secrets, and shopping news

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The Sweet Spot Why I chose Copperleaf Estate

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Blue Bulls and Music

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FASHION TRENDS clothes line saga

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The Woolworths Autumn range and Dewald Potgieter

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Top advice for using your tech devices to teach your kids

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“Les sanglots longs Des violons De l’automne Blessent mon cœur D’une langueur Monotone.” This is the first stanza of a poem written by the acclaimed French poet, Paul Verlaine, and published in 1866. The rhyme is called, ‘Chanson d’automne’, meaning ‘Autumn Song’. C’est très romantique, non? Non! Because the difficulty, I find, with the French language is that everything sounds so appallingly romantic, even the gloomy or the vulgar. Allow me to translate; “The long sobs Of the violins Of Autumn Wound my heart With a monotonous Languor.”

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ou know that sinking feeling you get when ‘Carte Blanche’ airs on a Sunday night, and you realise that your weekend is gone? That’s how Paul Verlaine's poem, ‘Autumn Song’ makes me feel. The title is horribly misleading. You're probably expecting a beautifully melodic ballad about the glories of the harvest season, and then the esteemed writer lulls you into a noire, doleful explanation of the process of aging, comparing it sobbing violins and dead, stinky autumn leaves. And as if that’s not enough, he uses onomatopoeic devises so that all the words sound melancholic and suicidal as you read them. I scoured my bookshelf and the internet for other writings about the season of autumn and I was struck by the bipolar nature of autumn-related writings. Some poems or songs are ’slit-your-wrists-worthy’, while others proclaim the wonderful abundance and joy that harvest season heralds. Perhaps the significance of autumn lies in the amount of introspection and reflection that takes place at this time of the year. Summer has ended and winter is on the stoep. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather up your thoughts and memories from the past twelve months, rake them nicely together, compress them into a neat thought-bale, and set your goals for the rest of the year. What do you do during the harvest season? Our favourite activity as a family is to visit the Irene Country Lodge Restaurant as often as possible so that we can observe the oak trees on the far side of the lake as they start to turn from green to yellow, then gold, then brown – ‘Tinkerbell magic’, as my little girl would say. We love watching the children as they gather up all the leaves that have fallen and then either dive into the soft leafy futon, or ride through it with their bicycles, checking to see the maple coloured wake behind. Vivaldi had four sonnets written to accompany his ‘Four Seasons’ concerto. The autumn sonnet reads, “Celebrate the peasant, with songs and dances; The pleasure of a bountiful harvest. And fired up by Bacchus’ liquor, many end their revelry in sleep.” Bacchus is the Greek God of wine. I wouldn’t recommend drinking until you pass out (Is that where the Americans got ‘Fall’ from?), but I’m with Vivaldi in celebrating the season. Have a blessed harvest time.

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air Raising. That’s the idea behind Jaguar’s new billboard and advert campaign for the Jaguar XK – the brand’s sporty GT. If you haven’t seen the advert, take a drive along the N1, through Midrand on the way to Johannesburg. Kudos to the copywriter who discovered that the experience of your ‘hair standing on end’ is called ‘piloerection’. By the way, we’ve launched a brand

new section on our blog site at centerdonline.co.za called ‘Really?’ where you can view a variety of strange and funny advertising or information boards photographed in our city. Leave us your comments or send us a photo of a board you found unusual, unclever or uncouth. Go get a piloerection at Lazarus Motors. Tell them we sent you for a pilomoney off!

“He lived a colourful life filled with a symphony of joy and inspiration.” As usual, visit our blog site at centerdonline.co.za for more notes and interesting articles. Add it to your bookmarks.

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nd speaking of initiatives, we also love it when a Centurionbased company hits the big time with a superb business or product idea. Neil du Preez has started marketing a novel ‘baby trailer’ that attaches to your bike. His ‘Riksha’ idea originated from his passion for mountain biking, a love for the outdoors, and becoming a father. “I realised that there was nothing available locally to safely cycle with a child, and existing strollers and joggers didn’t quite meet our requirements.” He was involved in agricultural chemistry for six years, so it was quite a mindshift from chemistry to childrens’ products. The ‘Riksha’ lets you bike, stroll, jog and enjoy the outdoors as a family, whilst keeping your little ones comfortable and very safe. It’s a tough and versatile bicycle trailer, with loads of space for your children, towed behind your bicycle with a pivoting coupler. The Riksha also converts to a stroller very easily, ideal for walking the mall, the beach, farm roads or jogging in South African conditions. Lekker! Check out his video and the product development story on our blog site at www.centerdonline.co.za, or call him on 082 719 7904. www.riksha.co.za

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here aren’t many companies that make a CSI decision out of conviction and personal experience anymore, so I was really excited to join Van der Bank Jewellers for the introduction of their new product range, called ‘Symphony of Colour.’ The range makes use of diamonds and semi-precious stones in exclusive and unique designs. Owner, Gerda, was delighted to launch the products to more than sixty top clients and guests. The product initiative was designed to honour the memory of the founder of the popular Centurion jewellery boutique, Andre van der Bank. Andre was in the jewellery design and manufacturing trade for more than 40 year before he tragically lost his battle against cancer in 2010. Gerda says his life reflected his passion and love for his family, his work and his clients. “He lived a colourful life filled with a symphony of joy and inspiration.” With the collection, they hope to make an ongoing contribution to Hospice to show their appreciation for the huge difference they made during the last six months of Andre’s life. The range is absolutely stunning. You can visit their store directly at the Louwgardia Building, or their website at www.vdbj.co.za for more details.

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omething that’s sure to give you an instant piloerection (I feel half guilty using that word) is the music of pianist, Ben Schoeman. Schoeman, who now lives in London and is one of South Africa’s foremost pianists and the winner of the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music. In 2008 he became the first South African in history to win the first grand prize in the 11th UNISA Vodacom International Piano Competition in Pretoria. He’ll be performing at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where our resident arts reporter, Denzil de Klerk, will be capturing the vibe and writing about some of the Pretoria-based acts that will be there. Lend your support from 28 June to 08 July. If you know of acts from Pretoria that will be there, let us know and we’ll place some advertising on our web blog.


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change horses. Kruger’s government had to set up a ‘traffic police force’ or ZARP to patrol the route for protection and to ensure that the British weren’t secretly setting up camp for another one of their infamous raids and that thieves weren't flourishing. Rail transport, too, was a growing industry in those days, not just between major cities, but also between the cities and major ports or trade gateways. As part of the perceived threat emanating from the south, the ZAR opposed railway developments other than their own railway linking the republic to Delagoa Bay in Mozambique. The concession for this was given in 1887 and the railway opened in 1894. The railway lines from both Bloemfontein and Cape Town had reached the Transvaal border by 1892 but Kruger tripled the rates charged for goods brought onto Transvaal land – leading to a reaction from down under which saw goods delivered to the rail siding at Viljoensdrift, then taken across the Vaal river and transported by ox wagon the rest of the way to Johannesburg, around 60km away. When Kruger had the drift closed, the reaction from Cecil John Rhodes, then prime minister of the Cape Colony, backed by the Colonial Secretary Lord Chamberlain, was close to one that might have sparked a war – and Kruger had to back down. Yet his aim was to reach the closest port by rail without intervention from the British.

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retoria to Johannesburg in just six hours. No, it’s not today's average commute in daily rush hour traffic, though it's not far off. Six hours would have been the commuting time for the then ZAR president, Paul Kruger, who travelled with his horse drawn carriage, sans blue lights, or blue candles for that matter! In the 1890’s, Johannesburg was not yet a city. Rather it was the tent town of Ferreirasdorp and it was quickly swelling with fortune seekers and businessmen in search of their own ‘Eldorado.’ The little ZAR republic was becoming quite an attractive destination for the colonial superpowers, so it would have been necessary for Kruger to make regular trips between the two towns. It wasn’t a simple trip though. It was a journey fraught with danger and costs. If you weren’t being attacked by highway robbers, then you’d find yourself being robbed blind by the toll fees that farmers would charge you to cross their land if you changed your route to avoid the theives. Sound familiar? Halfway House did not get its name on a whim. It was, in fact, half way between the two budding towns and the stop where coaches changed their horses. The postal service too, used both Halfway House and Langlaagte as changing posts. This meant that a trip between Johannesburg and Pretoria required two stops to


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experience reflecting my own personal tastes, and inspired by some of the greatest destinations I have visited around the world in my twenty-plus years as a professional golfer.” He points to the families and couples enjoying the day together. “This is just what I’m looking for – to provide an opportunity for the whole family to relax and unwind, while enjoying

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to fly through the sliding door and smack you on your ‘kop’. He laughs. The waiter is standing next to us again, and Ernie orders his favourite pizza. The toppings are very interesting. Find out what Ernie's favourite pizza is by visiting the Cafe. Ernie’s team has designed fourteen award-winning courses on every continent. The company had barely started operating in 2000 when they won their first accolade for the Whiskey Creek Golf Club in Maryland USA. They followed that up with wins for Oubaai, Anahita in Mauritius, ‘Els Club’ in Dubai and Hoakalei Country Club in Hawaii. “There’s something magical about designing and laying out a course. I can’t describe it. It’s an all-encompassing mixture of skills, but the most important skill is the ability to reflect the community’s personality. I suppose that’s why Copperleaf Estate is so important to me. It’s one of the closest matches to my own personality – so I gave it the highest stamp I could - an ‘Els Club’ title.” The ‘Els Club’ Copperleaf is only the second prestigious club of its kind in four years. And there won’t be many ‘Els Clubs’ in the future. It takes a special combination to get the nod. “Much to my delight, the golfers enjoyed themselves on the course today and found it to be a strong but fair test of golf. That’s how we designed it. The new clubhouse and facilities here are second to none, the homeowners at the estate are living out their dreams and that tells me that this is country club living at its finest,” he adds. ‘Els Club’ members have a range of benefits available to them, most notably the reciprocity with a host of other Els-designed courses worldwide. Stands at Copperleaf Estate are available from R375 000

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ractise what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know – Rembrandt. “I walk differently and I had to learn a few more tricks, but I don’t think or dream differently, and I certainly don’t feel different. I might dance a bit better than before the accident,” his quiet laugh catches me by surprise. Mathys Roets has been at the forefront of Afrikaans and South African music for many years now. His concerts are always about his voice - no big production, dance moves or special effects. Just him, the stage and his guitar. Today, we’re sitting at one of his favourite coffee ‘haunts’ – no publicist, no bodyguard. Just him, his girlfriend, Jane van Litsenborgh, and his son Yuan. Mathys’ music career started out of need to support his Plant & Animal studies at Tukkies during the late eighties. he would sing in pubs around the city, but eventually he found that his studies were

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created a house of brands. With Bridge, we aim to rather be a Branded House and to become a national player, which will be a top-of-mind choice lender’, says Emile. When Emile is not training for the Cape Epic or Cape Pioneer MTB Cycle challenges he enjoys reading. He reads up to four books a week, and these include books about technology and management. His two current favourites are ‘Blink’ by Malcolm Gladwell and ‘Leading the Revolution’ by Gary Hamel. Lately he combines his hunger for knowledge with his cycling, by listening to audiobooks while cycling. Emile loves Indian food. He dislikes being in the public eye and treasures his time with his family. His wife and four children, Kyla (8), Linka (6), Stephan (4) and Jaco (2) are at the centre of his universe. He uses his children as the barometer of his personal success. “As long as they are still excited to be with me, I know that I am successful as a father”.

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unsecured loans market to do what he does best, instead of trying to be everything to everyone. The company’s current asset base stands at a more than respectable R1.1+ billion. Bridge operates in the high risk area, so they price for risk. They are positioned as the lender-of-lastresort, which means that a lender with a tarnished credit record may be helped by Bridge. “The success of Bridge can be ascribed to the appetite for risk the Aldum family has shown over the years,” he explains. Some of the original lenders that the company serviced in the 1990’s as ‘unbanked’ clients are now considered ‘Black Diamonds’ and are now able to get credit from other financial institutions like the big four banks. The Bridge group of companies, includes the previous brands of SA MultiLoan, Onecor, Onesys and Oneserv. “By rebranding, we hoped to create better cohesion internally. Since the company’s inception we have


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This year the event co-ordinators proudly welcomed CALTRATE ® PLUS as first-time title sponsor for this world-class ladies’ day. The concept of a ‘Ladies Day’ on the first day of a Test Match at SuperSport Park was initiated four years ago by Titans Cricket Management, and the inaugural event, with a small select turnout, was held in the South African Breweries hospitality suite. Entertainment was provided by the SuperSport commentator, Robin Jackman, and renowned cabaret artist Helena Hettama. The concept had tremendous promise and so Titans Cricket Management engaged an events company, Art2Events, before the SA vs England Test Match in 2009, to manage the event on their behalf. Art2Events coined the name ‘Maidens’ Bowled Over, then registered it as a trademark and tailormade the event to become one of the most respected ladies’ events in the world, with the aim of supporting test cricket from the grass embankment of SuperSport Park.

clerk’s powerplay Elise Lombard has fielded her way from clerk to CEO of Northerns Cricket – all through hard work, determination and sacrifice.

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Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage, and the following year, the whirlwind of pro sport brought him to Bulls country. “My family has always been fanatical about sport - rugby in particular, so naturally I was driven to participate in whichever sport I could,” he says. “As a matter of fact, I always preferred cricket to rugby, and it wasn’t until the age of 12, under the influence of my primary school and EP coach, Hendrik Janse Van Rensburg, that I started to favour rugby, despite playing provincial cricket before mimicking that same feat on the rugby field. Ultimately I have him and my father to thank for instilling the desire to make rugby a career.” Dewald sounds fairly satisfied with his rugby career at the moment. “I’ve never been a person whose goals had anything to do with numbers, trophies; victories or stats. I’ve been lucky in the sense that I have played my rugby at the Bulls in what was a very successful period for the union,” he adds a caveat. “But he only thing that matters to me is that I love what I do, and it allows me to have a rich life and also the time to chase after other things that I find more important and fulfilling than a job description or all the glory in the world.” He plays a tune on his guitar, and I ask him whether he writes his own songs. “I do write my own music. In fact, I love writing, period. I write a column for SuperSport, which I started again in February,” Dewald says excitedly. “My love for writing started in high school. I guess I love words, since I like to express what it is I’m feeling. However, I do find it hard to give that part of me away to others, but few things are as magical as when two people can relate through some words on a piece of paper.”

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ob Dylan wrote a song, ‘clothes line saga’, that spoke of the mundaneness of life, and how easy it would be to settle into a pattern of mediocrity and ignorance. It featured the singer having boring conversations while hanging up the washing, with little concern for the future or the world beyond the garden. Leonard Cohen once said that there is even “mundaneness and boredom in celebrity and renown, while the subject is carried along with the tide, accepting of their fate.” Dewald Potgieter's approach to life couldn’t be further from the truth - so much so, that one hesitates to label him as a Bulls Rugby Player, because that would be limiting his truth. Dewald Potgieter is a musician, a writer, an artist, sports professional, and a thinker. If he’s not on the B-field practicing with his colleagues, you’ll find him with a guitar or a book. “Music is my first love, and whenever I get a chance to spend time with her, I grab it,” he explains. “I’m not a big golfer, so whenever the guys are out on the course I’d rather grab my guitar or go watch a good movie or listen to my favourite music.” When asked about his favourite kind of music, he doesn’t hesitate. “I love all things rock, especially Indie Rock and anything by a singer/songwriter. My favourite bands at the moment include Bon Iver, Manchester Orchestra and The National.” His all time favourites include Leonard Cohen, Nirvana and Radiohead. Dewald was born in Port Elizabeth and attended Charlo Primary School. He matriculated from


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by the end of the safari you arrive home not just with amazing memories, but with a good number of professionally edited images. All makes of camera are welcome on the tours and you’re able to rent or purchase equipment at an additional cost at the lodge. If you’d like to book a space on the tour, e-mail Jay Maan at info@photographictravel.co.za or call him on 012 975 2820. Be sure to tell Jay that you’d like the Center’d special rate. www.africaphotographictravel.co.za

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personalise, from sound and screen preferences to ambiance. All of the features, diverse as they are, could probably be mastered in an afternoon. I chose the ‘Jungle Fantasy’ sound option because it has the coolest direction indicator beat. I’m not a ‘ringtone’ kind of guy, but you can add a cool beat to the dreary entity of a flicker any day. It’s like having Édith Piaf in the car with you, singing ‘Padam, Padam’ every time you take a corner. Equipment highlights in the DS4 include dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, hill hold, cruise control and electronic park brake. There’s also an interesting space measurement function that lets you know if a tight parallel parking spot is worth attempting or not – handy for when you visit Cape Town, I suppose. The cup holders are wholly inadequate, but I couldn’t find the French explanation for that. The DS4 has a raised profile, so you’d expect it to lose road-holding ability, but the engineers have designed a suspension system that offers a strong sense of being glued to the road. The higher ride is ideal for our road hump environment. I honestly struggle to place the DS4 into a specific vehicle class because of its versatility. Sport coupe with 4-doors? The closest comparative is the Italians’ Alfa Romeo Guilietta offering, though I suspect that for the price, you’re going to get far better value for your spend in terms of comfort, ability and luxury, and the DS4 matches the Alfa in engine performance. Not unlike the motives behind buying an Alfa, you’re going to buy a car in this class because it makes complete metaphysical sense to you. The DS4 is an emotive car – it gives you that sense of ‘supremacy’ that the French have by virtue of being, well, French. It’s like owning a Louis Vuitton overnight bag, instead of a practical Hugo Boss, or an flashy Korean knock-off. It doesn’t have to make sense. But if you’re insisting on a reason, don’t expect a simple answer.

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ny time is a good time to relax, eat, drink and shop at the Copperleaf Café. Enjoy steaming cappuccinos and fresh muffins with friends. Take in a light lunch while sampling a bottle of one of South Africa’s best wines, or sink your teeth into a delicious pizza while unwinding as the sun goes down. Center’d Magazine sat down with a happy Copperleaf family. Peter and Keitumetse Malebye have been married for almost nine years, and have enjoyed the last two years at Copperleaf. Their little girls are now six and three. Peter works at MTN as a General Manager: Strategy and Business Development and Keitumetse is a Senior Manager: Financial reporting at the National Treasury. “When we first saw Copperleaf, we liked the fact that it is an estate away from the hustle and bustle of city life but yet so close to the city. We loved the lifestyle it promoted, particularly family oriented activities, like biking, walking and playing, because we believe in connecting as a family amidst our busy schedules,” says Peter. “The tranquillity and quietness that it affords and not to mention the views that make you forget that you are in the city.” We ask Keitumetse to try and describe the feeling of living at Copperleaf. She smiles, “Oh boy, the English professors are going to get me for this. When you’re so in love with someone that you just can’t describe it, you say you’re ‘madly in love’. Well I can’t find a better description that to say we’re ‘madly in happiness’!”

I can’t find a better description than to say we’re madly in happiness! Peter bursts out laughing and the girls see this as a signal to jump on their dad. While fighting off the two ‘tickle-princesses’, he adds, “We love having breakfast at the Copperleaf Café after a good session in the gym on Saturday mornings. Sometimes we take walks to the clubhouse to take the kids for playtime and also appreciate the beauty of nature by watching the views of Magalies mountains. Hosting friends for Sunday afternoon braais and taking them for a tour of the clubhouse is also one of the things we enjoy, but generally Sundays are just for relaxing and enjoying the peace and tranquillity.” Keitumetse still remembers her happy childhood - Christmas' in Rustenburg and family holidays - so building family memories for her children is chief in mind. “Having dinner at the table with everyone is also one of the great times we used to have so even though our schedules are much busier, we intentionally set aside days like Friday evening where we sit together and eat as a family.” The Malebyes also believe in teaching their children that love is the foundation of all wellbeing in life. “In order to live a fulfilled and rich life in every area of your life, love should be the main ingredient,” says Peter. “That and ‘happiness’!” The family laughs again, and this time Peter gets his tickle-revenge.

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hanks in part to her creation of two iconic and much-loved roles — Maureen in ‘Rent’ and Elphaba in ‘Wicked’ — Tony Award–winner Idina Menzel is a fan favourite whose powerful voice is always in demand on Broadway and the concert stage. In the new ‘Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony’ - filmed at Toronto’s historic Royal Conservatory of Music, the fabulously chatty belter (and wife of ‘Private Practice’ star, Taye Diggs) reaches back into the amazing musical repertoire that she’s spent over 20 years putting together.

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Do you remember The Beatles’ famous Abbey Road album? It was originally going to be called Everest and there were ambitious plans for a shoot in the Himalayas. In the end, they named the album Abbey Road after the studios where they recorded much of their music. Photographer Iain MacMillan was allowed all of 10 minutes to capture the Fab Four walking across the zebra crossing. Today the crossing is a major tourist destination. In 1988 Abbey Road Studios adopted the B&W Matrix 801 in its studios. This relationship continues today. The current Bowers & Wilkins 800D is the reference monitor at Abbey Road today. If you’re wanting the perfect Abbey Road sound then the B&W Diamond 800 series has to be your choice. Visit ‘Sound & Image’ at Menlyn for a demonstration.

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For your signature songs, is it important to rework them?
 Yes, but I have to be careful. A song like “Defying Gravity,” which I’ve sung so many times, in the past I’ve tried to mess with it too much. This time around, with the orchestra behind me, I decided to just sing it. My goal was to evoke that amazing moment in the show [Wicked], so I went back in that respect and really didn’t shy away from the drama and the theatricality of that moment. 



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Hillsong’s first album for pre-schoolers and early school age kids, ‘Crazy Noise’ introduces some brand new songs that your little ones will enjoy singing, dancing, and praising God to.

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I’m very involved. I sit with Rob Mounsey, my MD [musical director], at the piano and we strip things down to just piano and vocal and talk about where we want to be adventurous.



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‘Barefoot at the Symphony’ features songs that fans would expect you to perform as well as some surprises. How did you choose the material?
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by Hilary Mantel (Also available for Kindle) By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry’s actions have forced England into dangerous isolation, and Anne has failed to do what she promised: bear a son to secure the Tudor line. In ‘Bring up the Bodies’, sequel to the Man Booker Prize-winning ‘Wolf Hall’, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn. This new novel is an audacious vision of Tudor England. Bring up the Bodies is scheduled to hit the shelves on 19 May, the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution at the Tower of London.

BRINGING UP BÉBÉ by Pamela Druckerman (Also available for Kindle)

When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a ‘French parent.’ French parenting isn’t a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months, eat well-rounded meals, and while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play. With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman - a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal - sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. An entertaining read, with some interesting parental insights.

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by Katherine Boo (Also available for Kindle)

In this brilliantly written, fast-paced book, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human. Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, an enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. But when he is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. With intelligence, humor, and deep insight into what connects human beings to one another, this book carries the reader headlong into hidden worlds, and into the lives of people that the reader will find impossible to forget.

THE AVENGERS

The Avengers is an exciting superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett and Samuel L. Jackson. Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction. Marvel knows how to milk its superhero franchises and this won't be the last Avengers movie. Look forward to more fun.

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Seven college friends reunite six years later for the wedding of Lila (Anna Paquin) and Tom (Josh Duhamel). Things go awry when the maid of honour, Laura (Katie Holmes), and the bride clash over the groom, with whom Laura was once romantically involved. The Romantics is an entertaining rom-com based on the novel by Galt Niederhoffer. If you’ve read the book, don’t bother seeing the movie. Besides the basic plot, it’s a watered down version of the original, more intelligent story. Katie Holmes is back to her highfalutin language of ‘Dawson’s Creek’, but portrays her character thoughtfully. You’ll be left wondering whether you've seen this story before and, no doubt, there have been similar films before, but the fun of it all makes it a great winter date movie.


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the location... The beautiful NG Kerk in Pretoria-East. Our reception was in a tent on the rugby fields of Pretoria East Primary School.

the location... The picturesque Isiphiwo Guest Lodge and Spa, surrounded by the most beautiful Jacaranda trees.

we met... Five years ago when we both were on holiday on the Garden Route. You know what they say - love at first sight!

we met... For through a mutual friend but lost contact for four years, but there was always a ‘wondering’. We met again at friend's another wedding.

the proposal... While living in Bloemfontein, we went for a walk around the estate one Sunday afternoon. Wilhelm ‘tripped’ over a rock and went down on one knee. Usually the veld is quiet at that time, but suddenly it felt as though the whole 94.7 cycling contingent was passing by. It was so special. my dress... Was made by Gerhard Heymans from Pietersburg. He is a fantastic designer and makes the most gorgeous gowns. it felt very "us" because... We wanted our wedding to be stylish, yet casual, so that everyone could enjoy the party that they came for, which they did, including us. we honeymooned in... Romania! Unfortunately we couldn’t go on honeymoon, as Wilhelm had to go to a Bulls training camp. But we’re looking forward to our holiday later this year. Photographer: Chris van Dalen

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Travel the world at copperleaf The new Spa at Copperleaf Estate is set in a wonderfully luxurious setting with three treatment rooms, a double treatment suite, heated pool, spa, sauna, sensation shower, gym and powerplate; but it’s the unique variety of treatment packages that is setting it apart. Their ‘Spas of the World’ packages allow you to experience the massage rituals of Asia, India, Africa and Brazil in four separate hour-and-a-half sessions. The Indian collection, for instance, focuses on a variety of Ayurvedic techniques.  Call 012 072 0218 to book or visit the website at www.copper-leaf.co.za

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Through crystal, Swarovski has creates an aura of light – a new perfume fragrance called, ‘Aura by Swarovski.’ The starting point is a crystal, cut and faceted with Swarovski’s exclusive knowhow, capturing, diffracting and shedding light in a thousand luminous vibrations. The signature scent of Aura by Swarovski is directly inspired by this magic. At the heart of the fragrance is a prism of energy, a fusion of amber, benzoin, and white musk. Three pure and noble olfactory vibrations become charged with energy, transforming into more intense, luminous rays of clear light. Available at Hero, Brooklyn Mall

When Chef Eduard Gazendam joined Matemwe Beach Village in Zanzibar, he shook up the local island cuisine world and made the restaurant popular for its excellent menu. But before you hop on a plane, knife and fork in hand, we have great news. Eduard has taken over as owner of the popular Viva Vita Restaurant on Alexander Road in Irene. Never before have the local food fundis been so excited, because they can't wait to see what will be on the new menu. Will it be his famous island prawn risotto with shellfish sauce or the spiced port infused chicken liver parfait with onion marmalade and melba toast? Whatever he chooses, you're going to want to be there to try the best, from the best. Eduard reckons the new menu will be ready in April.  Call 012 667 3208

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The Boulders Centre in Midrand is more than just a shopping experience – it’s a heritage site housing huge granite rocks that are approximately 3.5 billion years old. These outcrops have now successfully been restored to their original beauty, following the multi-million Rand refurbishment of the Boulders Shopping Centre. The entire shopping centre has been brightened through the use of large skylight windows and enhanced by prominent accent coloured lights throughout the centre comprising energy efficient lamps. This combined with the lighter colours of the interior of the centre creates a relaxing and pleasant shopping environment. The modern shop fronts also make the retail displays more visually appealing. The new look Boulders Shopping Centre is situated less than 3km off the N1 highway from Allandale off-ramp on Old Pretoria Road.  012 663-4304 | sales@vdbj.co.za | www.vdbj.co.za c e n t e r ' d

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By Natasha Biagio

aster is almost upon us. I can tell by the way my stomach starts applauding every time I walk past the Lindt bunnies which are, by now, taking up more real estate in the shops than the broccoli is. Have mercy! Besides the religious aspect, Easter at our house is all about family time, not all about the chocolates or trying to convince your children that the chocolate covered raisins lying on the floor are Easter bunny poops; although I am already questioning whether this is a good lesson for them. Trips to the bunny park in the future could be awkward. All family get-togethers are different, because thankfully we are not all the same. There are the dysfunctional families, the ‘Stepford’ families, the ones who are confrontational and the ones who break into hives at the mere hint of ‘handbags at dawn’! But one thing I know we all share, is that we all have those family members that you could easily slot into being either one of the 7 deadly sins, or one of the 7 dwarfs. There is almost always a hypochondriac, ‘Sneezy’, if you will. You come in wearing a small plaster on your shin from a wild shaving accident and they suddenly develop a limp and tell you how they nearly lost their leg to a septic shark bite that very morning. Much drama will ensue: “Owww, I think I’m going, it’s getting… dark. Wait! I can see… a bright… light.” Pffft. ‘Doc’, who always lands up seated next to the hypochondriac. Lucky him. I won’t say anything more about him though lest I get eye drops in my cup of tea the next time I visit. FYI: Don’t ever write about someone who can willingly give you the runs! ‘Creepy’ – the lustful second cousin, twice removed, who cannot stop staring at your chest! Families shouldn’t look at each other in that manner no matter how many times you’ve been ‘removed’, because we have all our teeth, don’t play the banjo, live in the boonies or eat alligators for dinner. ‘Envy’, who snoops around your house and mumbles under

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their breath “lucky for some who can afford 3 ply!” and then swipes 3 rolls on their way out! The gluttonous ‘Greedy’ who would not think twice about doing a crash bandicoot wrestling maneuver on your gran to get the last spoon of mash and can be identified by the chocolate icing around his mouth, even though you are 100% sure your son’s first birthday cake is still safely tucked away in its box in the fridge. ‘Sleepy’ who nods off the minute they hear the terms “washing

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‘Creepy’ − the lustful second cousin, twice removed, who cannot stop staring at your chest. up” and “help”. Hygiene-narcolepsy is not a real condition buddy! I Googled it! Someone’s getting a pot scourer where the sun don’t shine if they don’t get up to help. And last but not least, ‘Grumpy’ who pokes you in the belly with their walking stick and asks you if you really need to be eating that second roast potato and, ‘is it good for the baby?’, when they know you’re not pregnant! Families. Can’t live with them, can’t dump them in the desert!

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