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This month we celebrate summer and in doing so cast off our winter rags, throw open our doors and move outside. But how do we know when summer has begun? Obviously the months of the year have something to do with it, but how do we really know? For me it’s a combination of senses: sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. In fact, I can remember most summers from my life by evoking one of these senses. For example, hearing the melody of the song ‘Murder on the Dance Floor’ by Sophie Ellis-Bextor takes me straight back to a sexy summer in London where I was walking the city streets with a Starbucks Frappuccino in hand, while the tingling of ice-cold air on hot skin will always remind me of hanging out at 7-Elevens to beat the East’s muggy summer days. Sight is a fairly obvious one – as soon as I notice that the grass in surrounding parks and woodlands is being burned, I just know that new green grass is en route. Similarly when the trees start sprouting new leaves – you would be surprised at how many people don’t notice this until, one day, they find themselves sitting in the shade. Taste is easy, too. One word: Pimm’s. Tall glass, lots of ice and a mixture of strawberries, cucumber, lemon and mint. Pure summer. But my strongest sensory association with summer has

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It’s not just the dramatic landscape that gives Gwahumbe its edge – getting there is as simple as fast-forwarding, and unwinding starts en route

Words André Fiore Photographs Sally Chance and Grant Pitcher


ituated among some of the

spend as much time as they want enjoying the

for women, men, couples and juniors, as well as

spectacular highs and lows of the

scenery and seeing what they can of the game,

a steam room and hydro bath. Of course, after

Eston valley in KZN, Gwahumbe

including rhino, hippo, wildebeest, giraffe,

a massage and wrap, those who didn’t book to

Game & Spa offers a bush break

zebra and antelope. For those seeking a little

stay over will be looking to see whether they

that’s swift to get to yet still has that silent, far-

more action, Gwahumbe offers challenging

can still check in, as the Sunday morning yoga

away feel that goes with arriving at a reserve.

4 x 4 trails through 740ha of riverine forest,

class promises a little more relaxation too.

The rows of aloes that lead the way along the

valley bushveld and grassland, and 18km of

ridge towards the lodge hint at the design

fully marked mountain biking and trail running

suites to rustic bush camps and is available as

style that’s echoed in the decor and detail that

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launches and weddings.

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offerings and activities that push many other

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Sugar and spice and all things nice

For the sWeet-toothed Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent has released its salted caramel macaroon, with sweetly We chat to food stylist, cookbook author and acclaimed international artist,

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thai treat Thai fans in the Ballito area will be delighted at the brand-new addition to the Junction shopping centre – the first Simply Asia Thai Food and Noodle Bar in KZN. The restaurant prides itself on its authentic Thai cuisine, prepared by authentic Thai chefs in theatre kitchens and including fresh, flavoursome ingredients imported from Thailand. +27 (0)32 586 3461,

ham hotliNe Straight from the farm to the public, Loving Hams, in Winterton, offers a direct

Fish delish

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Words André Fiore Natasha Barnes interview Anne Schauffer

tell us about the relationship between food and artistry. I studied for a Cordon Bleu Grand Diplôme at Silwood Kitchens in Cape Town, where it was acknowledged that my creative streak would take me beyond cookery. Food styling or writing were options, and when I joined Your Family magazine as a cookery editor, those were important aspects of the job. Food styling’s not as easy as it looks: food’s not like paint – you can’t go over it! Was the transition from food stylist to artist an easy one? Very. Only the tools are different. For me, creating a wedding cake is like creating a sculpture. Where else has your role of chef/editor taken you? I spent five years working alongside the Department of Labour at Westville prison. What began as a three-week course turned into five years. I owned two cookery schools, one at Lamontville Technical College, the other at Westville prison, where I reskilled prisoners by teaching short cookery courses. What are you busy with now? I recently did food styling for Hirsch’s new cookbook, Living the Modern Vegetarian Life. My current project is my own cookbook, Journey of Food. It’s a kind of ‘Jamie Oliver meets Eat, Pray, Love’, a light-hearted account of my extensive travels, narrated through the medium of food. It begins with my early life, growing up on a farm in Parys in the Free State, and moves on to more exotic destinations worldwide, places I’ve experienced through my art. For years, food took a back seat, but it’s come full circle now. I’m writing again, and although my art still keeps me very busy, I sneak away while abroad and attend cookery schools and courses. +27 (0)83 770 4976,


From design art books to custom-designed furniture …

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A sLICe of tHe MIdLANds Here’s a little treasure of a store, packed with locally made and designed wooden furniture. Corrie Lynn & Co. recently opened a showroom at Piggly Wiggly in the Midlands, but have been creating custom-designed furniture for the past 15 years from their nearby farm. All wood can be traced back to sustainable sources and is treated and dried for a year or more before it is used. +27 (0)82 789 5990,

The recently launched book title, Ardmore – We Are Because of Others, tells the story of this iconic ceramic art studio, from its humble beginnings in a poverty-stricken corner of South Africa to its fame as a producer of artworks prized by collectors, galleries and museums worldwide. It is also the story of the indomitable Fée Halsted, the driving force behind the enterprise, and the artists whose inventive spirit and fearless creativity are at the heart of Ardmore. +27 (0)11 484 3538,

tAkINg It eAsy Koop has just released its Slow chair and daybed range, designed for lazy days and a subtropical lifestyle. Crafted from kiaat, with cushions for comfort, these chairs come in a flat-packed dry-fit kit. +27 (0)31 301 5718,

HorsINg ArouNd For Carol Hayward Fell, art is as much about having fun and evoking a smile as it is about creating something beautiful, and besides being collected worldwide, her intricately patterned handmade stoneware and porcelain has recently won her the Premier Award at the Annual Ceramics Southern Africa KZN Exhibition. Her new body of whimsical work, Quirky Horses and Other Animals, is available direct or through the galleries listed on her Facebook page. +27 (0)31 563 4347

Durban graphic artist MICHAeL

VAN HeerdeN was designated

Emerging Creative at this year’s Design Indaba Expo, where his weird and wacky wood creations stole the coveted Most Creative Stand Award. A passion for wood has led you down a long and winding road … I’ve always been intrigued by wood as a substrate, and as a teenager I longed to be a carpenter. When that didn’t happen, I merged my graphic design background with my love of wood and somehow my work evolved into 3D graphic design. I’m having a huge amount of fun. I see my work as quirky and quite simple and I try to add a sense of humour to whatever I design. I don’t think life needs to be too serious – there’s loads of negativity out there and I don’t like to add to it. What inspired your design Indaba stand concept? I worked on the ‘nostalgia’ concept – there was a clear return to things of old, most especially in wood, so it was the perfect springboard for me to try my hand at carpentry. I’m not inspired by a single person, but rather by different designers, different objects and everyday life. Where to from here? I’d love to get involved in furniture making or study carpentry or industrial design, but for now I’m going to keep on designing and combining that with wood and maybe other materials. I’m currently freelancing, with the intention of making this type of design a career that would filter into the areas of interior and furniture design. Which are your bestsellers? My most coveted works to date are Tetris Africa, Dear John, The Wonder Years and Foxes Smell Their Own Holes. All of these are light-hearted and fun pieces, and they make people smile. +27 (0)72 534 2714, | 13

Words André Fiore Michael van Heerden interview Anne Schauffer Photograph Warren Goldswain

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Indulging for a cause, plus hot summer fashion, cool cocktails and refreshing wines CritiCally aCClaimed We’re all very aware of the rhino’s plight, but how many of us know about the almost extinct Table Mountain ghost frog, the threatened geometric tortoise or the disappearing golden protea? In an effort to raise awareness about these critically endangered creatures, luxury brand The Last Word (made up of Intimate Hotels and Intimate Rarities) has launched Living Endangered, a sophisticated collection of art and luxury products handcrafted by some of South Africa’s youngest and hottest artisans. The range was inspired by the little Table Mountain ghost frog, possibly the most endangered frog in the world. Growing to a maximum length of 60mm – the size of your thumb – the ghost frog is only found in the nooks and crannies of Table Mountain’s Skeleton Gorge. The Living Endangered range is comprised of ‘treasures of esteem’ and includes the golden protea neckpiece by Shelley Robertson; Cobus van Rooyen’s hand-stitched leather bags, inspired by the geometric tortoise; and the Table Mountain ghost frog haute parfum by perfumer Tammy Frazer. The pieces are made in Cape Town from local materials and The Last Word donates 5% of the profits from Living Endangered sales to the Wilderness Foundation. +27 (0)21 794 2036,

retro sPeCs Ray-Ban’s new range, Round, has been injected with a contemporary edge in the form of bright colours and hand-sewn leather details. Available from Luxottica. +27 (0)21 486 6100,

ClutChes and CoCktail rings Missibaba and Kirsten Goss have opened a boutique

Slip into summer with

store at 229 Bree Street,

The Candy Shop, Berry

Cape Town, showcasing their

Blast, Sunshine Soda and

handcrafted designer items.

So Citrus, the flirty flavours

Look out for Kirsten Goss’s

in Primi Piatti’s newly

new Signet collection of

launched Mainstay Soda

personalised charms.

Pop cocktails range.

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Words Genevieve Fisher

PoP art


Worked to the core Based in Greenside, Johannesburg, Victoria Ashford-Smit’s En-Core studio has come up with an ingenious workout by blending Pilates with ballet. The combination of light weights and props, such as balls and Thera-Bands, helps tone, burn fat and sculpt muscles and provides cardio training. +27 (0)84 312 4059,

canvassing For compliments Italian footwear brand, Superga, has recently opened its new concept store at Canal Walk, Cape Town. The store stocks all the classic Supergas as well as the new Editions collection, which is inspired and designed by some of SA’s best musical talent, including Freshly Ground, DJ Euphonik, Locnville, Danny K and Flash Republic.

party cruiser Discover Cruz candy and vodka infusion – it’s like bottled candy floss. Downed as a smooth shooter or used as a mixer, this burst of flavour is available from select liquor outlets nationwide. CruzVodka

a girl’s nBF Patek Philippe’s new Ref. 7140 Ladies First Perpetual Calendar includes Travel Time models for two time zones, the World Time watch with 24 time zones and the famous Annual Calendar. These are worn on a hand-stitched alligator strap with a prong buckle in 18ct rose gold and adorned with 95 flawless Top Wesselton diamonds. Available from the Watch & Jewellery Gallery on Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. Nationwide deliveries. +27 (0)11 784 2595;

Fine Wines This month we’re drinking Solms Delta’s Solms-Astor Langarm 2011 and Clos Malverne’s new flagship duo, Auret 2010 and Pinotage Reserve 2010. The Langarm is a blend of Pinotage, Touriga Nacional, Shiraz and Mourvèdre and is smooth and lasting on the finish, while the Auret 2010 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Merlot and Shiraz and is bold on the palate. Barrelled in French oak, the Auret 2010 can be kept for a few more years, but we drank ours right away, pairing it with a hearty stew. We enjoyed the Pinotage Reserve 2010’s bursts of berry flavours and found that it goes well with a dark chocolate dessert. +27 (0)21 865 2022,; +27 (0)21 874  937, | 15



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EducatEd dEsign

Durban-based graphic design studio, disturbance, has rebranded Varsity College and given the institute a gloriously fresh, young and inspired Midrand campus Words Anne Schauffer Photographs Roger Jardine | 19



arsity campuses seldom look as though they were designed with real live students in mind, and although many are acclaimed as historic landmark structures with majestic design elements, the student factor doesn’t appear to have been the design driver. The initial interaction of disturbance with Varsity College was around a new visual language for the brand, something that would amplify its freshly articulated vision. Richard Hart, principal graphic designer, says, ‘We came up with something very loose, spontaneous and honest. Part of our early development of the brand identity included a proposal on how their campuses could be reimagined, to align with what we were doing.’ The new Midrand campus would be the first. In addition to meshing the new brand image with the students’ on-campus experience, the design had to create an environment that resonated as much with parents as with young students. Working adults, too, needed to feel as comfortable as full-time students in the space, and staff needed a working environment that allowed for easy workflow and communication. Carmen Kelly, a designer at disturbance, describes the original campuses as having a corporate feel and lacking in inspiration. The shell was a partially completed unit in a business park, not unlike other Varsity College campuses. Richard shrugs. ‘This presented us with numerous challenges, from having to overcome the generic architecture to dealing with the bald truth that the campus was essentially a single building rather than a group of them.’ The team was given free rein to work on the interior design. To develop an architectural philosophy, disturbance collaborated with architects designworkshop : sa, who facilitated a workshop among the key users specifically to analyse the inner workings of the campus. Carmen says, ‘We looked at a number of elements, such as the workflow process within the college and spatial relationships within the existing building, as in public versus office/lecture room space, and indoor versus outdoor. We questioned the requirements of the lecture rooms and how best to inspire the students while still allowing them to remain focused during a lecture.We examined the use of formal study spaces versus informal ones.’

‘A striking element of the cAmpus design is the signAge – it goes beyond the functionAl into Aesthetics. eAch AreA is signposted with lArge Vinyl lettering’ 20 | october/november 2012

Opening page Well-considered typography plays both a graphic and informative role in the overall vision. This spread, above Colours and textures combine cleverly to create niche areas, but not boxed-in spaces. Inset When words become so much more.




For the designers, the overriding question was how to turn the campus into an environment that would allow young students to feel comfortable and inspired, as well as appeal to the older demographic of the School of Business students who generally attend courses after hours. Richard says that designworkshop : sa suggested that they break up the building into non-uniform spaces, echoing the structure of an actual campus. ‘This was the kernel around which all our design thinking revolved.’ He adds that ‘designworkshop : sa ‘were amazing’. ‘No matter how big the inevitable curve ball, they came back with brilliant workarounds every time. It’s easy to pull off great design when there are no budgetary constraints, but the true test is when there are. Add to that not one but numerous clients with, inevitably, different priorities and agendas.’ Intense solo and collaborative brainstorming sessions between architects and designers resulted in the overall plan and flow, and from there emanated the finishes and fittings, colour palette, furniture and graphics. Carmen describes elements of the process, starting at the concept for the entrance: ‘We wanted to create a transitional space where you come out of the hectic Midrand traffic and slow down into a calming space of a “forest” with a timber walkway and a clearing within the “woods”. This allows you to breathe a sigh of relief before engaging with the double-volume glass entrance of the reception area.’ A striking element of the campus design is the signage: it goes beyond the functional into aesthetics. Each area is signposted with large vinyl lettering laminated to the concrete wall and floor, engaging with the architecture and enhancing the environment. At the building’s entrance, leading up to the reception counter, is the word ‘Welcome’, written in all our national languages. All the seating in the waiting area is upholstered in the same fabric, but in subtle variations of tone, to create a layered colour palette. A chunky woollen carpet not only warms and softens the space, but also ensures that sound doesn’t echo.

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Top left The use of all 11 official languages in the design serves to strengthen the students’ sense of belonging to this campus. Top centre Transparent, yet still private and quiet. Above Loud and clear signage crawls from the floors up doors and walls. Bottom centre Different pops of colour signify each lecture room, yet all are offset with calming tones of grey. Bottom right Mindfully selected photographic images are a significant feature of the campus’s interior design.


Each lecture room has a large number on the floor in front of the door and, in most cases, the numbers creep up onto the doors and walls. At the bottom of each door there is a small strip of colour providing a sneak preview of the colour found inside that lecture room. All other areas on campus are signposted in this fashion. As with the typography, wallpaper graphics play a major role in the interiors, each graphic carefully created for specific areas. The graphics and photography were designed in accordance with the brand’s attributes, so all the photographs were shot on film and have a warm, spontaneous feel to them. The large wallpaper graphic to the rear of the building core is double volume and faces towards the outside back courtyard. When you look back at the building, the graphic is visible on both floors. Within the building, you only engage with half of it, giving you a strong sense that there’s more to come when you arrive in the same space on the next floor. At every level, the complex detailing with which the team imbued the project gives the campus its youthful energy. Carmen describes the colour palette used for the lecture rooms: ‘The concept was that

each would be painted a light grey on the front and two side walls, while the back wall would have its own unique accent colour. We chose individual upholstery colours for each lecture room, and matched them closely to the specific accent colour. This resulted in a layering effect. Essentially, you walk into the lecture room and you’re greeted with a pop of bright colour, but as soon as you sit down and face forward, you’re presented with a muted minimal grey colour palette.’ Each wall within passages and public spaces is painted a different shade of grey, transforming what could be a rather bland, muted colour palette into something exciting and layered. Depending on the light quality in that particular space, the shades of grey change throughout the day, resulting in an everchanging colour palette. The team clearly had fun in the study lounge and library. ‘We wanted to break away from the traditional furniture installation and rather explore a concept where the description of what the area is used for becomes the furniture of the room.That’s how the “Think” ottoman was born.The letters T, H, I, N and K are built up onto the wall in 3D relief, and as the letter hits the floor, the bottom of the letter extends in ottoman sections for student seating. The spacing between the letters also allows for booth-style seating, so students can pull up the custom-designed tables that cantilever over their lap and work in groups or individually.’ To accentuate that true sense of campus life, it was crucial to link indoors and out. The canteen opens onto the back courtyard with stack-back doors, so there’s an easy inside-outside connection. The canteen furniture is fun and fresh in tangerine and lime and a few tables have been given a bright graphic treatment, little speech bubbles with ‘Hello’ in all national languages. The canteen tables and chairs spill out onto a paved courtyard with a central fountain, which in turn spills down onto a tiered outdoor section of lawn and olive trees. People can gather on the wide concrete stairs or on the lawn, under the trees. The area has a tangible park feeling about it and invites students to spend time on campus outside lecture times, creating an on-campus life. From the signage to the wallpaper, the colours to the concepts, Richard and his team at disturbance, together with designworkshop : sa, have created a stylish yet wonderfully playful Varsity College campus that offers all the players the functionality and fun elements so integral to a campus experience. +27 (0)31 303 5191,; +27 (0)31 202 0059, | 23


NAturAl exchANge When these owners relocated from Gauteng to this Brettenwood home, they found they’d gained a slice of wilderness Words André Fiore Photographs Val Adamson



et on a steep site opening onto thriving wetlands in Brettenwood Coastal Estate, here’s a home where one hears no hooters, no ambulances and no traffic. Instead, the owners laugh about the raucous frogs and the calls of the teeming birdlife that start up just before the dawn pours in. ‘This is a morning home,’ says architect Peter Whitehouse of Whitehouse Designs, ‘that matches their healthy, get-up-and-go lifestyle.’ The homeowners agree: ‘When we wake up and look out through the huge vaulted windows in the main bedroom, we feel as if we’re in a tent.’ A luxury tent. Overlooking three wetland pools, yet just five minutes from burgeoning Ballito. The owners wouldn’t change places with kings. It’s not a tent, though, and while they wanted their home to have a strong link to the magnificent surroundings, the owners had other criteria too, for the design: ‘We wanted a space that was comfortable and where every area was used. We also wanted a home that worked with our personalities and suited our entertainment needs. We love having people over, and our 12-year-old daughter loves having her friends around too. We gave these ideas, as well as a thick scrapbook of pictures we liked, to our architect and he got our sense of style, first time!’ The large ground-floor living area includes a lounge, kitchen, bar and dining spaces and, with stackaway doors opening onto the outdoor grill and a rimflow pool that merges directly with the wetlands, it’s the first grand nod to the landscape. The double-volume spaces that run along most of the front of the house create a facade that is almost entirely of glass, adding to the impact. ‘There is a lot of glass,’ says Peter, ‘yet the house nestles so discreetly and privately into the surrounding bush that hardly a curtain has been used.’ Upstairs, another lounge area and large veranda also offer interaction with the landscape, and the bedrooms, with their huge windows and en-suite bathrooms flooded with natural light, are comfortable, welcoming spaces.

The estate’s design guidelines, which borrow from Frank Lloyd Wright, have been skilfully engaged in this home. The geometry, the organic nature, the terraces, the long landscape windows and clean skyline are all there. Peter has added high clerestory windows, to give the effect of a floating roof. In line with contemporary demands, it is also an energy-efficient house.The large glass-encased stairwell at the ‘back’ of the house makes up for its south-east orientation, allowing in light and warmth and ensuring that it is cool in summer and warm in winter. Throughout the home, sleek floors and a slightly industrial feel complement the minimalist, contemporary lines without compromising on home comforts and luxuries. Warmed by decor and accessories chosen for their play of texture and pattern, this is a neutral palette that is relaxing, interesting and unpretentious. Feature walls here and there, done in a green-grey that changes with the light, symbolise in their own way what this home has come to signify: new beginnings and a fresh start. Wonderful in the mornings when the light bursts in, this home is no less enchanting in the evenings, when the dramatic skies over the ever-changing wetlands create a pageant of their own. ‘We left the hustle and bustle of Gauteng’ say the owners, ‘in search of quality of life. Words cannot express our satisfaction in what we have found.’

Far left and below left The strong architectural emphasis on long horizontal lines opens up the home to its peaceful natural surroundings on Brettenwood Coastal Estate. Below right The homeowners love to entertain, and the outdoor living areas, including a rimflow pool and built-in braai, allow them to do so in style. | 25


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Top left M & M Trust specialises in spray-painting walls. This method gives walls an ultra-smooth finish that’s free of paint roller and brush marks. This, along with the high attention to detail in the other finishes, skirting and mouldings, gives the house an exceptional look and feel. Right Bright-orange bar stools add a sense of playfulness to the kitchen. Middle left A warm greengrey feature wall links with the outside vegetation. Centre The open-plan kitchen and dining area has a chilled aesthetic. Bottom left to right Sunlight streams in through a bathroom window; timber finshes give the home a sense of warmth.

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outlook Al fresco Ă la mode Photographs Val Adamson Location simbithi Country Club

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Ali-Furn OuTdOOr living

CAne Time

drieFOnTein lAndsCAPing

Tamsyn Ferreira Managing Director

Hylton Arelisky Director

Bradley Jacob Owner

What aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? Elegant and functional outdoor and semi-outdoor furniture and patio accessories made to weather the harsh South African sun. Everything is manufactured at our factory in Ballito and all frame components are aluminium and therefore rust resistant. We only use local synthetic cane, which is UV resistant and pigment dyed, which allows us to offer a three-year guarantee against cracking, splitting and extreme fading. We supply companies such as Mica, Home Flair, Patio Warehouse, Livingstone’s, Simbithi Country Club, Salt Rock Hotel, Olivia D Interiors and Ground Floor Interiors and, of course, we deal direct with the public. One or two of your must-have products? The Hanging Egg Chair, which we will be adding to our range this summer, and the Cube dining table set, which was very popular at the Spanish furniture fair and is ideal for smaller spaces. Daybeds and loungers in hollow, oval, organic colours, with bright cushions. And what is your favourite outdoor item? Our corner suite, ideal for lounging around while reading a book on a summer afternoon. It also has ample seating for when you have friends over for a braai.

What aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? We specialise in what we are good at, and that is, supplying quality outdoor furniture to both the residential and contract markets in the most amazing, trendsetting designs available, which we source from various countries around the world. It is not ethical to divulge who our private clients are. But from a hospitality perspective, you will find our furniture in some of the most sought-after and discerning hotels in South Africa, Africa, Mauritius and the Maldives. The major trends in outdoor living this season? Furniture, like fashion, tends to change from season to season. But there are still the favourites which become timeless functional pieces. In other words, your must-haves would include your modular pieces, which can be moved around to create a different look and feel for an area. One or two of your musthave products? There is so much to choose from. The Orbit by Dedon has always been a firm favourite, and now it is available in an even bigger size. Our two new pieces, the City Camp daybed and swing, are definite musts for those long, lazy summer days. Projects that truly showcase your expertise? We have been busy with a number of exciting developments in Mauritius and Dubai. One can see our range at Eden Island, Seychelles, as well.

Which aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? We specialise in both commercial and private landscaping, from the initial design phase through to the installation of all aspects of the garden, including hard landscaping, irrigation and water features. We are currently landscaping at Sasol on the Salt Rock off-ramp, Umhlali, and the clubhouse and main club area at Umhlali Country Club. The major trends in outdoor living this season? The major trends at the moment are your own organically grown vegetable and herb gardens, vertical gardens and the use of natural stone cladding for water features and feature walls. One or two of your must-have services? Our Garden Care division’s services are a must-have, if you would like your garden to be in show condition. Projects that truly showcase your expertise? Umhlali Country Club is a mature garden that we landscaped and maintain. At Mascor Salt Rock we did a new garden on a tight budget and it will mature into a fantastic garden. And what is your favourite outdoor plant? My favourite plant at the moment is Eriocephalus africanus (wild rosemary) for sunny areas and the genus Plectranthus and its many flowering species – they brighten up shady gardens.

mObelli OuTdOOr FurniTure John Ditchfield Manager What aspects of outdoor living do you specialise in? Mobelli Outdoor Furniture specialises in outdoor living. Aside from supplying the traditional all-weather engineered wicker furniture suitable for gardens, patios, verandas and pools, we also supply shade parasols, gas and electric heaters, illuminated planters and various accessories that make outdoor patio living a pleasant experience. We do business in the retail and commercial sector as well as smalls – hotels, restaurants, guest houses and homes – things to make people’s outdoor lives better. The major trends in outdoor living this season? Wicker is strong, specifically white and brown. There is a shift to aluminium with upholstery and cushions (Lille, Salone) and a trend towards nostalgia – vintage products made from new-age materials (Traliccio Collection). One or two of your must-have products? The Aliante Cocoon and the Modena lounge set; Orb Balls – fun and functional; Torre stackable tables; and the OneTouch Umbrella – the best shade parasol in the world. Projects that truly showcase your expertise? The Hilton, Tsogo Suns Resort, Maestro Sands Restaurant, Beira Alta, 29º South office park. We’ve also supplied to luxury homes in Zimbali, Simbithi, Mt Edgecombe Estate, Hillcrest, Richards Bay and the KZN Midlands.

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Summer Living

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20 SummeR HITS Together with the turning of the season come many products and ideas geared towards making the most of the long and balmy days of summer Words Genevieve Fisher

W Summer colourS

e’ve fallen in love with the latest summer lifestyle products, including designer indoor/outdoor furniture, new paint colours and melamine crockery. The choices were vast and varied but, with much effort, we narrowed it down to our top 20 products, each of which has a certain something that makes our heart skip a beat.


DeckeD out One of the first things to buy when the balmy


weather hits is a deck chair. Portable outdoor furniture

has evolved to be light, easy and, most important of all,

When preparing your home to welcome the new season,

comfy. The newly launched

nothing says ‘out with the old, in with the new’ more than

deck chair from Terrace

a slick lick of paint. Painting your walls is the first step

Living, then, is highly

towards bringing in that summer feeling, and if Plascon has

evolved and also comes in

anything to do with it, your hands will be full of brushes

a chic candy-striped fabric

dipped in the shades Hot ’n’ Spicy, Stardust and Namaqua

that epitomises summer.

Daisy, among others. Launched at the recent Decorex

The adjustable height bar

Johannesburg, the Plascon Colour Forecast 2013 is all

allows for total relaxation,

about balance. There are four ranges within this year’s

whether you’re reading,

forecast, each exemplifying a different quality of the

snoozing or catching some

concept of balance: Simplicity is made up of light, white

sun. The best part, though,

tones; Contrast consists of deep greys and blues with

is that it comes with a

accents of fuchsia pink and bright yellow; Pause comprises

nifty zip-up carry bag and

light and feminine yet mature colours; and finally there’s

shoulder strap, making

Dare, a theme that’s vibrant without being overwhelming.

it easier to schlep about.

0860 204 060,

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the Drama of a planter

Creating outdoor living rooms is pivotal to outdoor furniture brand Dedon’s philosophy. Its Babylon collection of planters, garden vases and stools was created by Harry & Camila, the renowned design duo from Barcelona. Ribbed and asymmetrical, these eye-catching pieces are available in black, olive and grey. Available from Cane Time. +27 (0)21 510 1072,

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Summer Living

LightLy does it

Box Living’s new Decorum collection is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Drawing on many global influences, the range is a result of a design collaboration between Tristan Voss and award-winning design duo, Maya Basyroel and Marcel Opstal. The attractive outdoor Kwal Swart lamp is made from synthetic rattan with an aluminium ring, enabling it to withstand the elements, and is available in three sizes. +27 (0)21 465 6480,

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ReLax and RecLine

Nothing says ‘summer living’ better than a sofa set that’s grand in size and comes with full cushions. New to Okha’s collection is the La Plage sofa, which could easily fit any beach house lounge or deck. The name is French for ‘the beach’, and just looking at the sofa makes us feel instantly on holiday. +27 (0)21 461 7233,

the magic of meLamine One of the best things about summer is the chance to entertain outdoors. Whether we’re at a braai, a cocktail party or an impromptu get-together, enjoying


the warm weather with a plate of braaied kebabs and mielies is how South Africans socialise when the temperature rises. Woollies’ melamine plates, platters, glasses and tumblers take the fuss out of outdoor entertaining, as they’re easy to clean, and light. They’re available in attractive, bright colours and the plates bear an exotic Moroccan motif. 0860 022 002,

gRowing waLLs

Vertical gardens are attractive and practical and allow owners of small homes to get the garden they desire. Based in Cape Town, Wall Gardens specialises in vertical succulent gardens that are low maintenance, hardy and indigenous. The frames used for these living works of art are made from recycled materials. +27 (0)84 812 8382, | 31

Summer Living

Timber Time Wooden flooring is ideal if you want a contemporary and inviting outdoor living area. BestWood Flooring’s jarrah timber has become an industry favourite for external applications, such as decking, shutters, cladding and pergolas, not only because it ages so beautifully, but also because it is a sustainable hardwood. Jarrah timber can be left to oxidise, producing a distressed grey colour, and requires very little maintenance or oil to keep its rich, dark look. +27 (0)21 465 1035,


13 Ice, Ice baby! Let the party begin with the Icecube by Extremis. This designer cooling box keeps your tipple of choice cool during those hot summer nights, while its built-in lighting feature gets everyone in a party mood. Optional extras include a drain and hose, wheels, a cushion and a tray. Available from

11 GettInG fruIty Aside from the bright pop colours of the Drop Fruit Bowl by Menu, we love that it looks a like a 3D paint splash. Made of summerycoloured silicone, the delightful bowl can be used to hold … anything, really, and will liven up any room. Available from Yuppiechef. +27 (0)21 702 4969,

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Créma Design. +27 (0)21 434 0661,

Summer Living

Kosmos Kudos The Kosmos Parasol by Extremis is a great example of innovative design. Opening and closing like a fan, the Kosmos parasol has two hidden magnets that keep it open and enable it to withstand the wind. It also has a light application that creates a warming glow and transforms it into more of a design feature than a mere umbrella. Made from high-tech polyester


fabric, aluminium and stainless steel, the Kosmos Parasol is extremely strong and UV resistant. Available from Créma Design. +27 (0)21 434 0661,

9 BucKet ’n’ glade

In a flat spIn We love the idea of outdoor rugs – they show the great extent to which outdoor areas have become another ‘room’. Resembling a masterpiece of crotchet, the Spin rug by Paola Lenti will make a sexy addition to any outdoor space. Because it is made of polyolefin, a synthetic fibre that doesn’t absorb moisture, the Spin rug is well suited to the outdoors. Available from the Modern Home Company. +27 (0)11 262 0258,


Summer often has us focusing on our health and wellbeing and we believe it should also give us pause to consider our natural environment. Enter the Chef’n EcoCrock, the coolest, simplest way to compost. This nifty little device is designed to sit patiently and unobtrusively in your kitchen, waiting for you to dispose of organic scraps. It can hold up to 3,3 litres of material and can be safely left on the countertop for days, thanks to its odour-absorbing charcoal filter. Once it’s full you simply tip the compost into your veggie patch or rose garden. Available from Yuppiechef. +27 (0)21 702 4969, | 33

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A mAtter of scAtter

fAbric bric fAntAstic f

Big, fluffy scatter cushions with eye-catching designs are a

Aside from wall paint, another way to give your home a dose

great way to add new life to your sofas, ottomans and chairs

of summer accents is to use fabric. From throws to curtains,

after a long winter. How about this scatter cushion with koi

reupholstered chairs to scatter cushions, summery fabrics can be

motif from Malibu and Resort Interiors, with its Japanese

incorporated in a variety of ways to charming effect. Lula Fabrics’

influence and nautical aesthetic? +27 (0)21 419 3533,

newest range, The Silk Road, is inspired by the East. Did someone

say ‘Indian summer’? +27 (0)31 208 9520,

swing time This endearing swing by Paola Lenti glows with summer romance. Its light structure includes stainlesssteel cables, allowing it to be hung easily from any ceiling or beam. The cushions have removable covers padded with a waterproof polyester fibre with an anti-mould and anti-bacteria treatment. Swinging into summer just got real! Available from the Modern Home Company. +27 (0)11 262 0258,

Alien resurrection


Goet Furniture Design has been wowing us with its

reclaimed, recycled and sustainable timber furniture for some time now. The turned stools shown here are handmade from solid timber stumps of alien

trees, such as jacaranda, eucalyptus and pine. They can be left natural or finished in any paint application you desire. Common uses for them are as side tables or as extra seating for indoor and outdoor spaces. +27 (0)82 877 1132,

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in hot wAteR The Duravit Sundeck is one of the biggest design splashes you can make outside the bathroom. Created by the Viennese design team, EOOS, the Sundeck can be set up wherever there is a hot-water connection. This chic mobile tub’s cover can be folded back and used as a backrest or stretched out to form a relaxing lounger. Available from On Tap. +27 (0)12 665 9200,

Summer Living

Rock on! These wire rockers by Egg Designs are an ideal way to spend lazy summer days with a G & T in hand. Incorporating the same steel mesh technology used for shopping trolleys, and coated to prevent erosion, they’re perfectly suited to the outdoors. We also think they’d be a welcome addition to enliven an interior reading room. +27 (0)31 783 4953,

2 A diffeRent kettAl of swish There is a move towards making furniture and accessories adaptable to both indoor and outdoor nodes. We believe that it’s about time outdoor areas were given the same attention as our indoor areas, especially in sunny SA, and it was a


similar line of thinking that inspired Italian architect and designer, Rodolfo Dordoni, to design Kettal’s latest outdoor furniture collection, Bitta. The name means ‘bollard’ in Italian, and the thick braiding is reminiscent of the ropes used for mooring boats. Available from Marlanteak. +27 (0)21 425 3817, | 35



A few jaw-dropping buildings that are changing our cityscapes have popped up on our radar.We explore some of SA’s iconic new buildings Words Genevieve Fisher


hen it comes to awe-inspiring feats of architecture, South Africa can compete with the best of them, and our growing social environmental awareness is inspiring architects to ensure that each iconic new building is worth its weight in reduced carbon emissions. We present you with six building that we believe are redefining the way South Africans think about their cities.

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Alexander Forbes Building A GBCSA Four-Star Green Star building that employees never want to leave When we came across the new Alexander Forbes building in Sandton, our eyes nearly popped out of our heads. Built on a R1-billion budget, this building looks like some sort of other-worldly fort. The state-of-the-art GBCSA Four-Star Green Star building was built by Paragon Architects on behalf of Zenprop Holdings. Housing 2 500 employees, it is by any standard a dream office environment to work in.

Facilities include a crèche, gym, six parking levels, prayer rooms, a beauty parlour, a health studio with physiotherapist in attendance, a 200-seat auditorium, meeting rooms featuring high-tech AV equipment, staff training rooms, fully integrated caterer’s kitchen and canteen, as well as a coffee shop, bar, and wine cellar. Design-wise, capturing natural light was important, hence the two atria, and the imposing scalloped elements of the north-west orientation capture northern and southern light while protecting


Protea Court, Sandton City

Alexander Forbes Building, Sandton

employees from the harsh light coming from the east and west. +27 (0)11 482 3781, GAUTENG Protea Court, Sandton City Our national flower interpreted as a grand, domed roof When the big reveal of Sandton City’s extension, Protea Court, took place in November 2011, Johannesburg’s reputation as a world-class shopping hotspot was confirmed. Managed by Liberty Properties, which also

Soweto Theatre

“Protea Court is not only home to 70 retailers – many of them worldrenowned brands – but is pretty, majestic and intelligent too – pretty, because its crowning glory, the dome, takes inspiration from our national flower, the protea” | 37

architecture manages the rest of the Sandton City complex, Protea Court is not only home to 70 retailers – many of them world-renowned brands – but is pretty, majestic and intelligent too – pretty, because its crowning glory, the dome, takes inspiration from our national flower, the protea; majestic, because the dome, a steel structure that’s 42m in diameter and 24m high, is a landmark feature on Sandton’s skyline; and intelligent, because the dome is an African first – an innovative application of the eco-friendly, 100%-recyclable transparent material called Texlon, which is tipped as the building material with the second-lowest energy coefficient in the world. The Texlon clads the dome, offering full protection from the elements while welcoming in natural light from the sun by day and the moon by night. It’s impressively lightweight too. +27 (0)11 408 5111, Soweto Theatre Contextually sensitive and visually arresting The newly built Soweto Theatre in the Jabulani CBD precinct, Soweto, is fast becoming a talking point in SA’s design circles. Executed by the architectural firm, Afritects, this theatre complex is a wonderful example not only of how architecture and design can respond to the needs of a community, but also how this can be done in a conceptual and artistic way, all the while remaining sensitive to the history of the area and the legacy of  theatre. The main incentive behind the project was the delivery of an appropriate, versatile venue for the sharing and improvement of arts and culture in the area, in line with the Jabulani Precinct Plan, to redevelop the area as a high-density, mixed-use, vibrant neighbourhood. The starting point for the design was the notion of the ‘black box’, a term used to define a theatre as something that is cut off from the outside world, a sealed box that holds an audience and performers. Under apartheid, the performance spaces in Soweto were makeshift, temporary venues with an accessible,

Tshwane University of Technology Architecture Building

unintimidating ambience, and so the notion of a ‘black box’ did not apply. Afritects has fused the ‘black box’ concept with the casual, communal feeling of the Soweto Theatre’s predecessors, keeping it as an inviting space for lighthearted entertainment. The new theatre is bright, bold, interesting and eye-catching. There are three venues within the complex, seating 430, 180 and 90 patrons respectively. Each performance space takes the form of a block with rounded corners and is clad in shimmering red, blue and yellow ceramic tiles, respectively, so they

Urban-Hub, Cape Town

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are immediately distinguishable from each other from the outside, while the traditional notion of a ‘black box’ remains intact within each block. +27 (0)21 438 2300, Tshwane University of Technology Architecture Building A building that teaches its students As a building that facilitates higher education, every part of the Tshwane University of Technology’s new Department of Architecture building aims to educate

Unilever Indonsa Plant, exterior, KwaZulu-Natal


Tshwane University of Technology Architecture Building

the students who occupy it in all green-building matters. The brief executed by Crafford & Crafford Architects entailed a building that is as environmentally sustainable as possible, functions even when the electricity goes downs, is light, airy and comfortable in hot or cold weather, utilises solar power as far as possible, does not make use of air conditioners, and enables students to explore its functionality and learn from it. With theory comes hands-on experience, and this building, comprised of two wings and a central core housing a studio space, an office and an auditorium, allows for this. By occupying the building, students can see how sun angles work and learn how to manage ventilation, utilise solar heated water for space heating, and how the building services work. Niel Crafford, founder and director of Crafford & Crafford Architects, explains, ‘The building allows students to experience the systems built into it

Unilever Indonsa Plant, interior, KwaZulu-Natal

directly. They can see how electricity is reticulated, how water for firefighting is boosted and circulated, how a lift works … In fact, they have to assist some of the systems to work; for example, there will be times when they need to “flush” the auditorium with large volumes of fresh air, which can be done by opening huge louvres on the southern side.’ The end result is that this building is a living, breathing, experiential example of sustainable design, something Niel believes is fundamental to the discipline of architecture. +27 (0)12 362 3992, CAPE TOWN Urban-Hub, Cape Town Respecting what has gone before while impressing with the new We love old/new hybrids, especially commercial buildings. Property investment company, Urban Lime, has converted five old adjoining buildings – some

of them dating as far back as the 1800s – to prime commercial office space in what was essentially a restoration project in Cape Town’s oldest suburb, Bo- Kaap. InHouse Brand Architects was responsible for the conversion and was sensitive to the original structures, uncovering hidden design treasures every step of the way while adding some contemporary sparkle to the interior architecture and finishes. Future plans for Urban-Hub include a restaurant, a rooftop garden and retail stores, all perched above Cape Town’s city centre and enjoying panoramic views of Table Mountain. +27 (0)82 836 9333, KWAZULU-NATAL Unilever Indonsa Plant A green industrial park with a focus on saving water Looking at the pictures of Unilever’s Indonsa Plant is enough to convince anyone of its iconic status, especially considering that it’s a production facility comprising a dry-food plant and an office building. Unilever Chief Supply Chain Officer, Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, describes the building as ‘industrial art’, and Durban-based Elphick Proome Architects is behind it. The designers took the metaphor of a production conveyor belt as their inspiration, and the result is an aluminium sheeting edged with glass-reinforced plastic fasciae that flow over the roof and down the sides of the building, resembling the movement of a conveyor belt. Curved concrete ‘shelves’ along the sides of the office building merge with polished concrete paths running around the front. The machine imagery is completed by the horizontal and vertical perforated aluminium solar louvres running along the sunny south-western side of the office and warehouse. Every effort has been made to design a plant that is as sustainable as possible, especially when it comes to water efficiency. The 22  000m2 rooftop is used to harvest rainwater, which is then stored in a 1 500 000L underground water recovery tank. Other water efficiency technologies have been employed too, such as biological and reverse osmosis treatments, which are used for recycling 70% of all water used in the production process as well as grey shower water back into drinking water. +27 (0)31 275 5800, | 39

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In 2008, two of the firm’s directors, Leanne Alexander and Wayne Allen, took over Basil Vogas Architects, based in Umhlanga, building on their experience with the practice since its inception in 1995. In 2011, they transformed the company into BVA Architects, with a new logo as well as a new home at Bellevue Campus in Kloof. The firm specialises in health care facilities, with Hillcrest Hospital being one of the its proudest achievements. BVA Architects has been involved in over 300 private health-care projects across the country, including new hospitals and the refurbishment and expansion of existing facilities. Current projects include a major expansion of the Kingsway and Richards Bay hospitals and Umhlanga’s Gateway Private Hospital, which is under construction. ‘We have the experience to provide top-quality design, but developing relationships with our clients is key,’ says Leanne. ‘Trust is everything.’ The company has high ambitions and is dedicated to seeing those dreams made a reality. This is ingrained in BVA Architects’ mission statement: ‘We strive to be the leading firm of architects in South Africa and a worldclass professional practice. We always try to exceed our clients’ expectations by providing unparalleled service through the focused and combined efforts of all our staff.’ This includes conceiving innovative and original designs, and delivering projects on time and, crucially, within budget.

Established in 2007, LevEco Architects is a professional architectural practice based in Ballito. This does not confine LevEco Architects – the practice’s portfolio includes work done on Gowrie Estate in Nottingham Road and a shopping centre in Richmond, Pietermaritzburg. However, the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of the North Coast is what inspires the team, whether they’re designing commercial buildings or residential homes. LevEco Architects aims to maximise every client’s investment by integrating the entire site into the design. The practice’s philosophy is that weather and lifestyle are integral to holistic design, that its designs must be comfortable all year round, with usable indoor and outdoor spaces, and that a building must belong to a site rather than impose on it. When approaching a site, the team take into account its unique weather patterns, including sunlight and wind, and carefully combine their observations with their understanding of the client’s dream lifestyle and budget. ‘What inspires us is the idea that architecture can create solutions to environmental issues and that by challenging ourselves we can increase the value of sustainable design and sustainable living,’ says Principal Architect Tracy Levinson. LevEco Architects strives to achieve a practical, integrated, holistic and – importantly – South African design aesthetic by creating not just beautiful buildings, but healthy, sustainable lifestyles.

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Whale of a

This glorious little coastal village, seasonally frenzied, is now top of everybody’s favourite places to put down permanent roots Words Anne Schauffer


he thing about Umdloti is that there’s only one

residents are anxious about the impact that a project of

Beach Road at Selection Beach and at the far end of South

access road. And it’s a single lane to boot. The

such magnitude will have on their town. Tongaat Hulett has

Beach Road, and crayfish can be found too.

rocketing popularity of the town means it’s

consistently acknowledged its obligations to all sectors of the

To complete the perfect holiday picture: dolphins and

outgrown much of its infrastructure, and in the

affected communities to take and propose a long-term view

whales. Umdloti’s renowned for its year-round sighting of

case of ‘The Road’, there’s currently no alternative – on the

of every aspect of the area, ‘to get it right’ for the good of all.

dolphins – about 800 of them are resident there, a figure

approach to Umdloti along the M4 from the south there’s a

Time will tell, but the group’s great green intention is to

which rises to over 15 000 during sardine season, from July to

traffic circle at Sibaya Casino, with one of the arms leading to

retain about half of that land for wetlands and natural forests,

August. And to top that, from July to November, humpback

a very dead end. It’s clearly heading for Umdloti and the sea,

and it is committed to the mantra of ‘sustainability as a way

and southern right whales are daily sightings during this,

but not just yet. It’s waiting for the green light.

of life’. The approvals process has been incubating for years,

their calving season. Sitting with your morning coffee at

and it’s expected that news will soon be forthcoming.

dawn or with a tall G & T on your patio or somebody else’s

There’s an irony here: as a village, Umdloti itself has

as the sun sets – it really doesn’t get much better than this.

very little room left in which to grow anywhere, but it’s

Umdloti was always a seaside spot that only poked

surrounded by vast tracts of Tongaat Hulett’s land, long

its head out of its shell in holiday season. The handful of

Talk about Umdloti and it’s inevitable that water activities

destined for a whole new world, all waiting on EIAs and

permanent residents adored their out-of-season, best-kept-

feature first, but it’s well worth noting that Umdloti is a

other approvals.

secret status, and the hordes which descended with buckets

coastal conservancy and wildlife habitat which comes with

The 850ha of the Sibaya Precinct, as the project’s

and spades in the holidays loved the sandy simplicity of the

rules and regulations not taken lightly by the community.

known, lies behind Umdloti, between the Ohlanga River

town – one gritty supermarket, a charmless laundromat and

Many, if not most, choose to live in Umdloti because of the

and the Umdloti M4/Main Road interchange, and between

an active letting agency. They came for the 5km of truly

environmental diversity, and there are numerous individuals

the N2 and M4 freeways. The project’s three areas include

glorious sandy beaches guarded by shark nets.

and groups who prioritise the protection of habitats, plants,

one inland, behind Umdloti, between the conservancy area

It’s north beach for the massive natural tidal pool

wildlife and even the tidal pool, the enforcement of fishing

and the M4; the area south of Sibaya Casino, designated

complete with lifesavers, south for rock pools and paddling,

licences and the cleaning up of alien plants and even more

as a tourist area; and one north of the casino, likely to be

and almost anywhere for sensational diving, fishing and

alien day-trippers.

residential, potentially for the region’s employees. It’s a

surfing. It’s a surfer’s paradise, say those who live for the sport.

The natural attributes of the town are not all on display

phased development. Still, it’s not surprising that Umdloti

Mussels and oysters are plentiful on the rocks off North

at first glance, but for residents, the beauty of the flat crown | 41


Five things to do in Umdloti 1. Eat out at the fine-dining restaurants with glorious sea views, Bel Punto (a family-run Italian restaurant with emphasis on seafood) or Mundo Vida (Don Wilkinson’s ‘world food’). Or go casual at the family-run La Casa Nostra Trattoria. 2. Get wet. For surfing, Jappies, on the north side; Peace Cottage, further south of Umdloti, also ideal for fishing and diving; Newsel Beach, south side, a quieter beach that’s perfect for sunbathing, surfing, paddling and snorkelling; Selection Beach, south side, a great dive site with a shallow dive reaching 8m on the outside edge and a reef that’s renowned for garrick (leervis) and Natal snoek. 3. Go horse riding on the beach, courtesy of Wellesley Riding School. 4. Do some birding. Visit Umdloti Lagoon, Sweetwaters Stream and the nearby Umhlanga Ponds. Then, in October, about three million barn (European) swallows arrive at Mount Moreland. Their roosting

opening page A five–bedroom Balinese-style tropical retreat on South Beach Road with two self- contained storeys and glorious ocean views. Available through Brett Botsis, Seeff Umhlanga. this spread, top and right Bantry Bay sectional title, two self-contained units in one, on First Avenue; the units for sale at Club Mykonos, Bellamont Road, range from bachelors to much bigger. All properties available through Brett Botsis, Seeff Umhlanga.

habitat at the Lake Victoria Wetland is now recognised as a world-famous Barn

and Natal mahogany trees lining Bellamont Road, or

The town’s name is derived from the Zulu word, mdloti,

Swallow Site and International Birding Area

the grove of wild fig trees along Bently Trail, are part and

a species of wild tobacco growing on the banks of the

(IBA). This spectacle, occurring half an

parcel of the magic of the area. There’s a mangrove swamp

Mdloti River. It has so many natural assets associated with

hour before sunset every night, is managed

along the southern bank of the Umdloti Lagoon, accessible

beach and bush that it’s almost by the by to say it now has

by the Mount Moreland Conservancy.

via a footpath from North Beach. Hawaan Forest Reserve

two of KZN’s top-rated restaurants, both redolent with sea

5. Take to the sea for some dolphin

lies south of Umdloti and can be reached on foot only, either

spray and seafood.

watching and whale watching by boat.

from the beach or via a pathway from the M4 to Peace Cottage. (It’s remote, so it’s not advisable to walk alone.)

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As one resident says, ‘It’s like being on holiday every day of the year.’

the agent speaks We speak to Brett Botsis, director of Seeff Umhlanga, as Umdloti is on his turf. Which is Umdloti’s prime area? The entire Umdloti beachfront, including South Beach Road, 1st Avenue and Margaret Bacon Avenue. On the top of the hill, Bellamont Road is also prime. What percentage of homes/flats are permanent residential? Umdloti’s stock comprises about 1 620 properties. Of this, sectional title units make up 85%, freehold 15%. The ratio is about 60% residential and 40% holiday homes. has the market remained static? In 2009, the average price of a freehold home was R4,3 million, in 2011, R4,6 million, and currently, about R4,4 million, which indicates that prices are pretty static. But, having said that, we are experiencing a higher level of buyer activity. There’s increased foot traffic on our show days as well as online and office queries. Demand seems to be on the increase. What can buyers expect to pay for a townhouse, a flat or a house in Umdloti? An entry-level price for an apartment is around R800 000. Expect to pay about R1,95 million for a three-bedroom townhouse of approximately 150m2. A three-bedroom apartment of 200m2 will set you back around R2,75 million and a three-bedroom house up on Bellamont Road about R5,5 million.

With thanks to …

the town always had a very active ratepayers association. Is this still the case in Umdloti? Yes. They work closely with the municipality to assist it in certain areas, such as the upkeep and cleaning of the beaches as well as the road leading into Umdloti. They also work very closely with Tongaat Hulett on the development of the various nodes in and around Sibaya. The ratepayers are in the process of appointing a manager who will take over the required voluntary roles previously filled. One of the other important objectives of the manager is to build and grow the Umdloti Improvement Project (UIP) or the Special Rated Area (SRA) concept. The UIP has been instrumental in appointing the security service that patrols the southern area of Umdloti, and it had some rather positive results. Members of the ratepayers association are also active SAPS Community Policing Forum members. One of the members is also a member of the Umdloti Beach Conservancy. In short, they’re working for a greener, safer and better Umdloti.

Brett Botsis, Seeff Umhlanga, +27 (0)84 583 1961, | 43


fisherman AN Ode tO the

Like the fishing village of Paternoster, Abalone House radiates soul and charm Words Tammy Sutherns

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Opening page The view from the upper deck of Abalone House, Paternoster. This page, clockwise from top Abalone House’s thatched roofs and whitewashed exterior walls match the traditional architectural vernacular of the fishing village; the fireplace in the lounge makes for cosy evenings; ‘Tea by the Sea’ is served in the pretty Orchid Room.


ou’d be forgiven for thinking you’d slipped into another time zone as, bleary-eyed from the two-hour drive from Cape Town, you blink at the whitewashed little cottages dotted along Paternoster’s beach. There’s not a shopping mall in sight, and next to no traffic – only clear skies, fishing boats resting on the beach and local children smiling gleefully at their handcrafted decorative hearts made from seashells and wire. To stay in Paternoster is to rejoice in the rustic. You can walk the streets in peace, from the quaint Jem & Pantoffels shop to the beautiful Stone Fish Art Gallery, passing by local fishermen selling sea-fresh,

juicy crayfish at street corners and exhorting you to buy a few to cook on the braai at home. Beach restaurants and pizzerias tempt with simple but tasty food.You can drag out a canoe out and brave the icy Atlantic waves or jog along the kilometres of beach and breathe in the salt air. But it’s still nice to return from all of this to your five-star lodgings at Abalone House. Seen from the outside, the hotel maintains the modest whitewashed look of the rest of the buildings in the village, but its interiors speak a far more comfortable and luxurious truth. With its crackling fire in the lounge and an entrance hall, bar and dining area that are rich in art,

colour and textures, Abalone House makes it difficult for you to decide if it’s preferable to be drinking in the magnificent views from the deck, or drinking a glass of sherry by the fire. Inspired by owners’ Johan Jansen van Vuuren and Stef Venter’s vibrant and indulgent taste, the furniture is warm, inviting and trendy. The bar and entrance hall lead out onto a fantastically lit courtyard with outside furniture, candles and two plunge pools. And just when you can’t imagine the views in Paternoster getting any better, the upstairs deck proves that they can indeed, thanks to cosy loungers, a Jacuzzi and deck chairs. | 45


Clockwise from top left Tretchikoff prints hang on the walls of the reception room and set the tone for the rich and vibrant decor theme that carries through to the rest of the hotel’s rooms; meals are taken amid the opulence of Saffron Restaurant; the fragrant courtyard with swimming pool and deck.

The bedrooms open either onto the upper deck or the courtyard below and provide guests with every comfort – under-floor heating, television, Wi-Fi, mini-bar, and a bed that is sure to hold you captive for a few hours longer in the morning. (The evening turn-down service and the chocolate next to your pillow are just Abalone House showing off!) But it’s the food that really puts Abalone House on the map. Saffron Restaurant’s Executive Chef Darren Stewart has compiled a menu laden with West Coast seafood and local delicacies while adding gourmet twists, such as beetroot soup with goat’s cheese ravioli

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and hake risotto with pickled carrot and the Saffron house salad. Guests may pair these dishes with a wine on Saffron’s Platinum-rated list, which includes wines from the West Coast and surrounds, South African MCCs, French champagnes and the world’s top six single-malt whiskeys. The Tea by the Sea proves how far Abalone House will go to spoil its guests. The tea is served daily in the Orchid Room conservatory overlooking the bay. Darren whips up his signature Gâteau St Honore, strawberry cream disks and savoury pancake roulades along with other snacks and a selection of fine teas.

The village friendliness that characterises Paternoster is apparent in Abalone House’s staff and adds to the homeliness of your stay. Paternoster is a place where you can imagine walking your dogs or letting your children ride their bikes down to the beach for the day. Perhaps you could use the retreat to hole up in winter and work on that novel you never got round to writing. Family time or soul time, this is the place to escape to, not only to rest, but also to get back to basics. +27 (0)86 722 7973,

R O IT tte ED hu T Sc ES a U th G Re

Real estate

residential & commercial

Slowly but SuRely Pretoria’s residential property market is showing signs of a slow recovery, says Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive Pretoria, Retha Schutte


aking economic and other prevailing fundamentals into account, I believe that the residential property market of Pretoria, Centurion and surrounds will remain relatively flat for the remainder of 2012 as compared with the growth levels of 2011, because the demand for upmarket homes is generally low. However, there are some areas of the market which are performing strongly. In February, the property research organisation, Lightstone, named Woodhill as the top golf estate in terms of value for 2011. One of the most upmarket golf estates in Pretoria, Woodhill’s annual property price appreciation was 34%. It is worth noting that this increase was for properties in the R2,4 million to R3,4-million bracket. Most of the properties sold overlook the greens or are situated around the golf course. Affordability was a major driver.The proximity to major routes and amenities, excellent security, the golf course, tennis and squash courts, the country club and the nearby Woodhill College also fuelled buyers’ interest levels. Woodhill is not the only golf estate that’s doing well. Security and golf estates throughout the Pretoria region are in demand, particularly as safety remains a major concern. I believe that estate properties will remain in demand well into the foreseeable future.

In recent months we have seen an increase in activity in areas such as Waterkloof Ridge, Waterkloof and Brooklyn. These areas are among the most exclusive residential suburbs in Pretoria and are home to embassy personnel, high-profile business executives and sports celebrities. A shortage of stock in the price band of R2,8 million to R4,5 million is being experienced in these areas and we view this as a most welcome development. However, it is too early to say with certainty whether this signals a turning market. Another positive development is the increase in the number of first-time homebuyers entering the Pretoria region as a direct result of the banks relaxing their lending criteria coupled with lower interest rates. The high demand for rental properties across the Pretoria region has been noted and is pushing up rental prices across the board. Consequently the buyto-let market is slowly but steadily coming back into its own as investors re-enter the market. Challenges are being experienced in the residential property market countrywide and the Pretoria and Centurion areas are no different. But just how does this affect buyers and sellers? In my view, approaches to today’s property market must be practical and level headed. Buyers and sellers should seek out sound advice that will enable them to make informed decisions based on comparative values, the

state of the market and future projections. There is always much debate around whether sellers should grant property agents sole mandates. Generally speaking, a sole mandate ensures a better marketing plan, a more concerted effort, wider media exposure and a much greater level of commitment from the agent. Competition is healthy, but it needs to be between interested buyers rather than between estate agents. Selling a property is a process, and price counselling from an experienced and responsible agent is vital. From the buyer’s perspective, it is imperative to explore the market thoroughly, set aside time to visit properties and glean as much marketrelated information as possible. A practical approach to buying and selling property is therefore essential. A word of caution in closing: when it comes to property, settle for nothing less than the best possible professional advice.

Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive Pretoria | 47

kwazulu-natal Residential

Downtime Just relaunched, Chairman’s Rest Estate is

Beach, this estate offers a secure, gated and

priced from R1,705 million or the option

a small, exclusive estate offering only 20

secluded lifestyle within close proximity to

to have a home custom designed. ‘For the

freehold sites with breathtaking sea and

Tiffanys shopping centre in Ballito as well as

final touches, we have an in-house interior

coastal views. Nestled in a quiet enclave in

easy access to the N2. With only 10 of these

design consultant available on request

the heart of Sheffield Beach, just opposite

exclusive sites remaining, developers are

too,’ says Lloyd Rees of Tyson Properties

Brettenwood Coastal Estate and only

offering a choice of two predesigned three-

Ballito. +27 (0)32 946 3419,

2km from the popular Salt Rock Main

bedroom, two-bathroom turnkey homes

Can do Emzini Mews in Athlone Park, Amanzimtoti, has just been launched by Tyson Properties and offers buyers the option of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments at prices starting from R499 000 as well as five penthouses with sea views, priced from R1,1 million. The apartments will be fully tiled and will have modern finishes. Amenities in the complex will include a gym, pool, play area, laundry, and visitors and disabled parking. Emzini Mews will be ideally situated within walking distance of the Galleria and Arbour Crossing shopping centres, a medical centre and a primary school and will be easily accessible from the freeway and only a five-minute drive from the main beach. The development is ideal for investors who wish to either live in Amanzimtoti or buy to let, says Wilma Olivier of Tyson Properties Amanzimtoti. +28 (0)31 903 7766,





w w w. t c d e s i g n . c o . z a

Jacana is the latest and last sectional title development to be Proposed new residential development on Erf 1150, Simbithi Golf Estate launched on Simbithi golf and residential estate. The development

comprises 50 units and two freehold sites. There are three types of units, including simplexes and duplexes. Architect Philip Thornhill of TC Design Architects, a resident of Simbithi Eco-Estate, has designed a development that is not only aesthetically appealing, but also maximises on the space of each site. Jacana is the closest development to the clubhouse, offers access to the pool and restaurant, and is within walking distance of the first tee. The development is already 40% sold and prices start from R2,495 million. +27 (0)82 449 3882,

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kwazulu-natal Commercial

Words André Fiore

Synergistic shopping Listed on the JSE in December 2011, Synergy

Its property portfolio consists of 14 shopping

catering for investors with different appetites for

Income Fund is a specialist retail property fund

centres with an emphasis on commuter centres

risks and rewards. Synergy also offers retailers

with a focus on medium-sized community

in townships and rural areas and includes four

the chance to benefit from the locations and

shopping centres and small regional shopping

recently purchased retail centres in KwaZulu-Natal.

consumer markets of their shopping centres.

centres in high-growth, lower-LSM nodes.

Synergy has separately listed A and B linked units,

+27 (0)21 673 3300,

King Senzangakhona Centre is a small

a fast-food court and a car service centre. It is

caters predominantly for the growing base

regional 22 300m2 centre in Ulundi, anchored

99% let, with a mix of national retailers taking

of shoppers in the LSM2 to LSM5 groups. It is

by a 3 072m2 SuperSpar. It provides a full retail

up 81% of the retail area. King Senzangakhona

situated on the corner of Dinizulu Highway and

and service offering in 48 shops, including a

Centre features a formal on-site taxi rank

Princess Magogo Street, just off the R66, the

KFC drive-through, a stand-alone Game store,

and bus rank, has 402 parking bays and

main road into Ulundi.

KwaMashu Shopping Centre is a township

SuperSpar as its anchor retailer. It is 95%

Nedbank, Absa and Capitec, a post office

community centre situated directly

let, with national tenants representing

as well as branches of Pep, Jet, Price

opposite the main public transport

88% of the retail area. The centre caters

& Pride, Lewis, Fairdeal, Cashbuild and

network. It is a modern, single- storey

for shoppers in the LSM2 to LSM7 groups

Chicken Licken. It is ideally located next to

shopping centre of 11 130m 2, with a

and includes branches of Standard Bank,

a planned 6ha residential development.

Richdens Village Centre is an established

highways. It attracts shoppers from the LSM9

phases. It is 90% let, with 68% of its tenant mix

neighbourhood centre in Hillcrest that offers a

to LSM10 groups with its 53 shops, 14 offices

comprising national retailers. It also has an FNB

modern, enclosed retail environment in a main

and 143 parking bays. The 10 200m centre

branch as well as the national chain restaurants

commuter node with links to the N3 and M13

was extended in 2007 with two additional

Spur, Ocean Basket and Primi Piatti.

Taxi City is a bustling convenience centre in the

is anchored by a 2 010m2 Super Spar that’s

Studio 88. FNB, Capitec, Standard Bank and the

Newcastle commuter node, directly opposite

supported by 26 diverse retailers. Taxi City is

SA Post Office are also represented there. This

the bus and taxi terminus. Taxi City attracts

95% let, with shops including Pep, Webbers,

single-level centre on the corner of Allen and

shoppers in the LSM5 to LSM8 groups and

Best Home and Electric, E-Best Buy Beds and

Kirkland streets has 70 parking bays.

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Mauritius LEisurE


Spa iN blOOm inspired by the exotic angsana tree and its crown of fragrant golden flowers, the auspicious Angsana Spa at the exclusive Angsana Balaclava resort offers an award-winning range of treatments that take into account the rich atmosphere and culture of Mauritius. Managed by the Banyan Tree Group, the resort is situated on the white beach next to the lagoon in the picturesque Baie aux Tortues (Turtle Bay) and is a mere 15 minutes from the capital of Port Louis. With nine treatment rooms, Angsana Spa offers privacy, exclusivity and a range of facilities, including a yoga pavilion, restorative vitality pool with different water-jet stations, and a hammam. The spa treatments incorporate natural ingredients, such as native flowers and fruits, aromatherapy, and a fusion of techniques from the East and West to refresh and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. There’s also the Angsana Gallery, where guests may purchase a variety of exclusive spa merchandise. +230 204 1888,

Words Candace King

PAyING hOMAGE Mauritius is set to welcome a brand-new resort that amalgamates the architectural and cultural heritage of the island. Poised for a soft opening in December this year, Centara Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa Mauritius is situated on the north-east coast of the island on Poste Lafayette’s coastal road and is adjacent to a pristine beach, a crystal-clear lagoon and a majestic mountain. The resort’s guest rooms are done in a minimalist yet comfortable style and include 18 superior rooms with mountain or garden views, 36 deluxe ocean-facing rooms with terrace or balcony, deluxe garden terrace rooms, 9 deluxe oceanfront rooms, and 19 deluxe oceanfront terrace rooms. Centara Poste Lafayette also provides a freeform swimming pool and a Spa Cenvaree with beauty salon, as well as a fitness centre, library and 20-seat boardroom. For children the resort has a pool, kids’ club and Camp Safari, and the E-Zone for teens. An island resort experience isn’t complete without an exceptional culinary service, fulfilled at Centara Poste Lafayette by three restaurants: Café Nautilus, a relaxed restaurant that serves international-themed buffets; Phi, which offers Asian and Indian Ocean cuisine on the beachfront; and the convivial restaurant and bar Aqua 180º, which serves tasty comfort food just footprints away from the sparkling waters. +230 402 6200,

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Situated on the east coast of Mauritius, Long Beach recently celebrated its first anniversary, and we popped in for a visit. Situated on the Belle Mare Peninsula on the longest and widest beach (700m by 40m) on the entire Mauritian coastline, it offers secluded sun lounging, thanks to its size, and guests can enjoy having 109m2 of beach per room all to themselves. There is a lot that sets Long Beach apart from other resorts and ensures it’s busy all year round. Firstly, the design and architecture is unique on the island. The project architect was Kevan Moses of Stauch Vorster Architects, a South African firm, who produced a striking, contemporary aesthetic softened by natural forms. The genius is in the detail, such as the adjustable windbreaks that modulate the offshore breezes. The building materials were locally sourced and include volcanic stone, Balau wood and black or earth-coloured basalt rocks from neighbouring fields. The thatched roofs, made from dried sugar cane leaves, add the occasional Mauritian accent. These hard building materials are juxtaposed against the soft tropical flora dotted around the resort and the effect is strikingly urban, especially against the white beach and natural surroundings of palm trees, natural brush, and, of course, the dramatic blue backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Dining out is another wow factor – the resort offers a choice of five restaurants, four of them encircling a piazza and the fifth on the beach. Gone are the days of eating the same buffet three times a day; Long Beach offers Italian, international, Chinese and Japanese fine dining. Another of the resort’s main attractions is that it is suited to families as well as to honeymooners – there is so much space at this large resort that the two groups need never meet. Bliss. Sun Resorts, +230 (0)4 02 00 00,; World Leisure Holidays, 0860 954 954,

Safe Heaven. Why are increasing numbers of SA’s wealthy elite choosing to invest, live and work out of Mauritius? • Ranked in the Top 10 ‘Best Places in the World to Live’*. • A safe environment for your family. • A secure home for your assets. • Business tax rate as low as 3%, personal tax only 15%. • No foreign exchange controls or inheritance taxes. • World-class infrastructure, education and health. • 40 years of political and economic stability. • Only a 4 hour flight.

International award-winning Villas Valriche is the island’s premier lifestyle estate, offering Championship golf, 5* hotels, Beach Club, activities and sports for all ages and luxury freehold golf villas with spectacular sea views. *Daily Telegraph, UK (Nov 2010)

Ryan Proksch

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he best of Everton Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Magnificent 7 acre estate in the heart of Everton, KZN

3 sub-divisions with two separate residences, a tennis court and heated pool. for sale as a whole at R12 million or as 3 separate properties. Contact Rob le Sueur on 082 450 9641 or Pam Mullany 082 899 3455 Office (031) 764 0017 Fax (031) 764 0089 E-mail


BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE R 4 900 000 This executive residence on quiet cul-de-sac offers 455m2 of easy living with sea views. Spacious entertainment patio to rim flow pool overlooking dam and conservation valley abundant with birdlife. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 lounges, dining to open plan kitchen with separate scullery. SOLE MANDATE


BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE R2 495 000 URGENT SALE - PRICE REDUCED! This spacious executive duplex villa offers 299m2 of contemporary open plan living to undercover entertainment patio overlooking dam. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, guest loo, modern open plan kitchen and double auto garaging complete this ‘never to be repeated’ investment. An opportunity not to be missed! SOLE MANDATE


BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE R9 500 000 This home of distinction offers 598m2 of executive living with 180° views of the Indian Ocean. Comprising of 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 lounges, study, bar and garaging for 4 cars. Generous living spaces complemented by impeccable finishes encourage the inside-to-outside flow of the home. VIEW BY APPOINTMENT


BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE FROM R2 490 000 This unique freehold village on the Estate offers exclusive ‘turnkey’ homes. Only 7 level sites left with a choice of 5 ‘off plan’ options or design your own home directly with the architect. Your personal selection of outstanding finishes. Within walking distance to clubhouse and Estate amenities. NO TRANSFER DUTY


BRETTENWOOD COASTAL ESTATE R4 200 000 ‘Double storey splendour’ - Bright and sunny 384 m2 home. 3 spacious bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus study or 4th bedroom and 2 lounges. Sparkling pool, double auto garaging with ample parking. Enjoy superb sunsets and sea views from this easy living home. Landscaped garden with pool. SOLE MANDATE

Maxine Poisson Principal Agent Cell: 083 799 9333 Email:

Patti Smith Agent and Brettenwood Coastal Estate resident Cell: 083 253 9630 Email:

We are Brettenwood Coastal Estate Property Specialists. Speak to us today about your options.

Land • Property • Lifestyle • Investment



Living the high life in KwaZulu-Natal and surrounds









Launch of Coracall’s new call centre on the first floor of Coastlands Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge: 1Zamo Gwala, Francois Truter, Ian Kinsey, Phil Lightfoot Gail Doveton, Logie Naidoo, Fiona Suleman, Warren Fitzpatrick. The RMB Private Bank Legacy of Nature musical, The Playhouse, Durban: 3Zee


Cele, Bongani Cele 4Gary Youlley, Shaylene James, Julie Greig, Mike Gowar 5Malcolm Moodie, Anne-Marie Moodie, Aleacia Pakkiri, Kevin Pakkiri. Garlicke & Bousfield Inc.’s Women’s Day event at its La Lucia Ridge offices: 6Thandekile Sibiya, Michelle Bryant, Dave Ramsay, Joanne Potts Krishnee Naidoo, Brian Jennings, Lesley Jorgensen 8Christine Seger, Yvonne Boden, Debora Patta, Simphiwe Maphumulo, Aletta de Lange.


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