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Looking forward to 2013

As Christmas trees surround us in various shopping centres and those damn Boney M lyrics haunt us as we hum along, it’s quite clear that the holidays are upon us. And thank goodness, as most of us breathe a collective sigh of relief in anticipation of long, lazy lunches and warm beaches. It has been an unpredictable year in terms of property and although we have no crystal ball, a number of industry stalwarts have had their say. Many believe the recession is still very much present and is here to stay for a little longer, while others see an upturn in the pipeline and encourage investment in property – residential and commercial – as next year will be a better one. We choose to follow the optimistic route to and look forward to a great year in 2013 and the opportunities it may bring. In keeping with our celebratory mood we have a fabulous gift guide for those who love all things bright and beautiful, including a bit of seasonal inspiration for our foodie readers. We also have a party guide, including expert advice, that will keep you celebrating beyond New Year’s and far into 2013. To all our loyal readers and new friends, we wish you a merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous new year.

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You tell us Property involves us all. What’s your view? Email Great Ideas Loved your Summer Top 20! It actually gave me some great Xmas gift ideas to shop ahead of the hectic Christmas rush, so thanks for that - I am set. K Leeson, Woodstock

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Goodbye FashIon, hello decor I read with interest your October Hot Space, ‘Frankly Gorgeous’, about how Lindie Ferreira, one half of renowned designer duo Marion & Lindie, has left the world of fashion for the world of decor. I guess the two do intercept in more ways than one. Janet James, Fourways Ed:Visit the store – some fabulous items to whet your Xmas palate.

hot advIce Took your advice and went hot-potting at Wangthai’s new suki and noodle bar in Sandton. Fab, now when are they opening up in my hood? John Lowrie, Parkhurst Ed: Good question, but in the meantime check out Parkhurst’s new deli, Melissa’s.

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Looking for a place to unwind and take it easy? Copperleaf Spa will leave you feeling like gold

he smell of mandarin and sandalwood hangs softly in the air as you are led through softly lit passages to your room of relaxation. This is your first, but certainly not your last, impression of Copperleaf Spa, launched at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in August 2011. Copperleaf is an exciting new residential development in Gauteng, close to the urban centres of Pretoria, Johannesburg and Centurion, and the spa is the cherry on the top. Following road signs that read ‘Diepsloot’ with great trepidation, I breathed a sigh of relief as I drove through the immaculately landscaped entrance of the country club. When I entered the spa itself, it changed to a sigh of awe. Beauty consultants, pretty as a picture, welcome clients inside and immediately the soft neutral tones and natural textures of the interiors draw you in, body and mind. The spa boasts world-class treatments, world-class consultants and an interior that makes your eyes heavy the moment you walk in.

Dark, textured walls highlighted by indirect lighting give the spa a warm glow, ensuring there is no harsh light to disturb your peaceful frame of mind. Plump velvet treatment chairs give you that warm fuzzy feeling as you sink in and prepare to drift into a world of calm. It is clear that this spa was designed around the experience. ‘Of all the elements, be they of nature, of serenity, or of just being trendy, that draw people to our spa, it’s the element of surprise that keeps them coming back,’ says Marisa Dimitriadis, owner of The Spa Consultants, designers of and consultants to Copperleaf Spa. The spa is equipped with luxurious private treatment rooms, a manicure and pedicure lounge, a relaxation area, an indoor heated pool, a sauna, a steam room, a state-of-theart gym, and a sensation shower, offering the choice of working out, steaming up or chilling out. Attention to detail that enhances the experience is evident in the underwater music and the visually appealing textures

of warm oak, glass mosaic and stone floors. Copperleaf uses only the best products and the latest technologies, such as the Sorisa Skinlight system, which combines multiple techniques for a younger and healthier-looking skin, ensuring you leave looking and feeling like a million dollars. Modern gentlemen macho enough to enjoy a bit of pampering without shame will be thrilled to find an entire treatment menu for the rougher of the species. This is a great way to unwind after a game of golf or a rough week at the office. There is also the beautifully designed Clubhouse Café next door to the spa where you can enjoy a fresh lunch after your spa treatment. The fully supervised children’s centre gives you the rare and precious opportunity to just be you as the children are looked after elsewhere. As Robert Sawyer put it: ‘Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.’ That applies to your children too. +27 (0)12 668 8930,

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Rachel Botes, the creator of Carlton Café and Delicious gives a whole new meaning to takeaway food.

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PuRe inDulgence Denessy Gourmet Drinking Yogurt has created a foothold in the market by using only the best ingredients. These yoghurts are a taste sensation. Strawberries & Cream, Crème Brûlée, Banana Crème, Toffee Caramello, Granadilla Parfait, Strawberry Swirl are the original flavours and there’s also a range of Gourmet Breakfast Yogurt, and the newly launched 250ml Full Cream Kids range Drinking Yogurt in delicious flavours like Bubblegum Whammy and Whada’loada CreamSoda. Available from Spar, Fruit & Veg City and Fournos, among others. Heaven in a bottle. +27 (0)83 297 5158,

agonisingly Funny If a slightly drunk Dr Phil and a female Jamie Oliver had a baby, this book would be it. Not really a cookbook, not really a self-help book, not really a novel, this book is a potent cocktail of the above and a delightfully fun read. Agony Chef, the mysterious Delilah, is your wise-ass, know-it-all, advice-giving and always slightly tipsy aunt, who seems rather like the alter ego of author Kate Sidley, but not quite. Delilah is of the firm belief that good food and good humour can mend both fences and hearts. This refreshing take on recipe books puts hysterically funny, fictitious agony aunt columns alongside delicious, real recipes, guaranteed to leave you chuckling away while cooking up a storm. Available from Exclusive Books.

Fun gaRDening Sought After Seedlings reveals its latest gardening product – Seed Sticks. Presented in cute matchbox-like packs, the sticks can be planted right away in any small space. A variety of vegetable seeds are available. +27 (0)82 365 0050,

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For those unfamiliar with Delicious, what type of catering do you specialise in? Carlton Café and Delicious specialises in fresh, home-made catering for all types of events such as Monday night dinner, corporate events or parties without the hassle. Our catering menu varies from cakes to quiches, salads, side dishes and, of course, our signature pies. At the beginning of October we publish our Festive order list, which is designed for festive catering such as Christmas lunches. Dishes can be prepared according to the client’s needs and then we either cook and freeze them or prepare them up to the point where the client just has to put them in the oven. We also have a cafe where customers can enjoy our menu. What was your vision for carlton café and Delicious? I have a passion for food and wanted to make fresh, amazing meals from scratch that I could share with the world. I felt quality, home-made food was not available from typical home industries and I wanted to fill the gap in the market with wholesome, organic food that people could take away to enjoy with their friends and family. What is the yummiest thing on the menu, for those with a sweet tooth? Definitely the Oreo baked cheesecake topped with home-made caramel sauce. The cheesecake is made with organic Hijke cream cheese and, trust me; you will taste the difference it makes. What is your favourite dish to make on a lazy sunday at home? I absolutely love Scottish salmon and we are fortunate to have a great supplier. My favourite meal would be honey-glazed salmon done on the braai, served with pistachio nuts and lemon spinach rice. And don’t forget the chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc to round it off! how did you get into the food business? When I was younger, going into the food industry wasn’t considered a good career move so I became a lawyer instead. Years later, my passion for food was burning stronger than ever. My husband was very supportive and told me not have any regrets when I’m 60, so I packed up my briefcase and made the change. I may work harder and for longer hours than before, but nothing has ever been more satisfying, so I know I am exactly where I should be. Chefs are not necessarily good business people, so I am fortunate to have a fabulous business partner too, who lets me focus my energy on the food. +27 (0)12 460 7996,


HOT dEcOR & dESIGN head-over-heels for Boskke Boskke means 'tiny forest' and that’s exactly what you can achieve with this awardwinning, eco-friendly design. Turn gardening on its head with the Boskke Sky Planter. Winner of a 2011 Red Dot award, this topsy-turvy planter filters the air, increases oxygen and brings vitality to the indoor environment. Research shows that in just over a decade, more than half of the world’s population will be living in densely populated urban environments. Boskke’s mission is to naturally improve crowded city life by bringing nature indoors with evolved gardening gear that’s stylish and easy to use. But how does it work? The reservoir feeds water gradually to the plant’s roots and ensures no excess water drains away. Now you can grow basil and thyme right above your kitchen counter – where you really need them. The Sky Planter is available in two sizes and is available from l'Emile et Son. +27 (0)83 308 7188,

simple luxury The City Camp collection by Austrian designer Annette Hinterwirth offers a remarkable new interpretation of the Dedon concept of the outdoor living room. Taking inspiration from the base camps of ancient explorers, which served as gathering places away from all infrastructure, Hinterwirth has conceived City Camp as an all-in-one outdoor living unit for modern nomads. +27 (0)11 262 2752,

Just in Case … We love this portable heater by Varme, which boasts cost effectivess and good looks. Showcased at Decorex this year, it’s perfect for warding off the end of winter. Delivery nationwide.

We chat to Chris Weylandt, the man with a natural eye for beauty how did you get into the furniture business? My father owned a small family furniture store in Namibia and, although I studied to be a chartered accountant, I decided to return to my roots. During my five years working in the family business, I took over the manufacturing plant and started supplying South African furniture stores. By 1996 I had grown frustrated with simply supplying the retailers – I wanted to get involved in merchandising. I understood the product and wanted to showcase it in a different way and bring a new kind of furniture retailing to the market. At that time, the homeware sector was just taking off and I realised there was a gap. What is the determining factor when you source a piece?Weylandts is built on passion. One of our biggest successes has been not following trends for the sake of appealing to the masses, singlemindedly to generate maximum profits. We travel extensively in Europe and Asia to cherry-pick the most interesting products from around the world, selecting pieces we love rather than basing our choices on what we think customers will buy. What is the current trend in furniture? A mega trend over the past decade has been a yearning for natural materials and handcrafted processes. This trend continues, and long may it last. I feel it is important to layer an environment with elements of natural origin as well as items imbued with craftsmanship and a sense of history. These create a feeling of connectedness to the essence and a sense of the personal. For spring/summer 2012/2013, retro will continue to gain momentum, celebrating iconic designs and classic materials. What is your favourite furniture range at the moment?It would have to be the Rembrandt range – classic design and craftsmanship combined. What inspires you and your creativity? Design that inspires others to live well is the kind of design that inspires me most of all. Weylandts’ Good Living philosophy is about incorporating this appreciation of the simple things in life into everyday living – whether that be investing in a beautiful piece of furniture, improving the sensory experience at home or just taking time out to appreciate the simple things that make life more pleasurable. +27 (0)12 346 0418,





Can’t think of good Christmas presents? We’ve done the hard work for you Healing gift Treat someone special to a new African Poultice treatment at the Mount Grace Spa in Magaliesburg. The muslin wrap contains a special blend of herbs and natural ingredients with great healing powers. +27 (0)14 577 5600,

Colourful fasHion Alek Wek models the latest Rainbow collection from Melissa’s Shoes.

solar sensational Introducing the Seiko Astron, the world’s first GPS solar watch. Able to receive GPS signals and identify time zone, time and date data using the global network of GPS satellites, it recognises all 39 time zones.

for tHe ladies Tag Heuer has released its newest creation, the Link Lady collection, celebrating beautiful and rebellious women around the world.

The Michelangelo Towers Mall’s elegant bridal store Pronovias debuts its 2013 collection in South Africa. Planning a wedding? Pop by and be enveloped in a mist of tulle, silk and lace.

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Plan for new Year


here comes the sUn From genius creative director Frida Giannini comes Gucci’s new Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Available exclusively from Gucci boutiques in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Ultimate hangover indUlgence Perfect for the party gal, Thalgo’s hyaluronic eye-patch masks fill wrinkles and combat fatigue. They also hydrate the skin and reduce puffiness and dark circles.

good enoUgh to eat Yum by Charlotte Rhys is a new range of bath, body and lifestyle gifts in delicious fruit and flower fragrances. +27 (0)21 702 1338,

Best gift ever Enmasse combines the massage culture of the East with the comfort and familiarity of contemporary Western design. All treatments are performed without oil, in loose cotton clothing. After your massage, relax in the tea lounge and sample one of the 40 exotic tea blends.

east meets West Two designer sisters have joined forces and launched Black Betty, a range of jewellery inspired by the Indian city of Jaipur.


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Apple has released its new iPod Touch. The thinnest iPod Touch ever, it has a new ultrathin, ultra-light anodised aluminium design and is available in five vibrant colours.

Suncoast Towers in Durban has sea views that go on forever. No wonder then that its spa’s signature treatments evoke the ocean. There are seven luxe en-suite treatment rooms, including dual rooms for couples. We love the Sea Whisperer signature treatment. +27 (0)31 314 7900, | 11



Delicious delights for the connoisseur for thE hostEss with thE mostEst This Royal VKB suspended serving tray has been designed to balance itself perfectly, so there are no more oopsies when serving drinks. Genius.

win! Stand a chance of winning one of six bottles of Desiderius Pongrácz 2003! This singularly noble prestige cuvée of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique range brought home the trophy for Best Bottle of Fermented Sparkling Wine at the 2012 IWSC in the UK after clinching double gold at the 2012 Veritas Awards. Inspired by Hungarian nobleman Desiderius Pongrácz, the prestigious 2003 vintage flaunts a white-gold hue with a faint grey-pink tinge that complements its aroma of precious, delicate spices and wonderful crisp foaming mousse. Desiderius Pongrácz is an elegant blend of the classic champagne varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is set apart by its distinctive fluted bottle. To win, simply email with your contact details and put ‘Pongracz’ in the subject box. Competition closes on 31 January 2013. Ts & Cs apply.

… it makEs mE happy … Get in the party spirit with Patrón XO Café Dark Cocoa Coffee Liqueur, a delicious combination of Patrón Silver tequila and the light essence of coffee with an extraordinary chocolate flavour.

discrEEt drinking plEasurE 4G Wines has revealed its limited-edition G. 2010 – ideal for making an impression as well as for drinking.

simply intEnsifiEd With a perfect balance between purity and flavour, the new Belvedere Vodka Intense is regarded as the first super-premium luxury vodka brand that offers 100% proof vodka and contains 10% more alcohol than Belvedere Pure.

EnlightEnEd prEsEnts Woolies’ braai headlights make the perfect gift for your husband, dad, brother, uncle, nephew, mate …

EnErgisEd and rEady to go Keep your energy levels up while you’re partying the night away with one of three new flavours from Red Bull: The Red Edition (cranberry), The Silver Edition (lime) and The Blue Edition (blueberry).

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snazzy shiraz Solms-Astor Cape Jazz Shiraz now comes in a gift cylinder – perfect for a festive pool party.

a taste of africa Amarula has geared up for Christmas with a range of gift options. We love the cylindrical tin lantern pack, which you can keep and use after you’ve removed the 750ml bottle of creamy Amarula.

slice and dice Kitchen Passion’s traditional Japanese knife by Miyabi is the ultimate gift for the home chef.

get in the mood Visit Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank, Joburg, and indulge in their high tea, including delectable finger sandwiches, scones, scrumptious cakes, home-made macaroons and sparkling wine.

Winning flavour Fleur du Cap’s award-winning wine, Lazlo 2006, is now available from Makro in a beautiful gift pack. Great timing for that festive season dinner party gift.

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Keep the wine and bubbly cool during summer parties with Samsung’s premium high-tech wine cellar. Roomier than before, with a sleek and sexy design, it will keep your party buzzing.

John Platter has added anecdotes to his Wine Guide 2013. With reminiscences about SA’s cellars, people and brands, the latest guide provides background information to the wines we love.

Fresh bubbles Veuve Clicquot introduces its Christmas limited-edition box, Ponsardine, which houses a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.

Drink anD Design Duo Contemporary design meets decadent drinking in the latest collaboration between American filmmaker and visual artist David Lynch, and Dom Pérignon. Lynch has designed The Power of Creation, a limited-edition bottle for Dom Pérignon 2003 and Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000.

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Designer Drink The Hennessy VSOP blend has a newly designed bottle created by American automobile designer Chris Bangle. An arty gift for the aficionado.

Johnnie Walker’s premium blend, Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, has just arrived in SA and is the perfect tipple for the festive season.

Twinkle, Twinkle liTTle sTar Moët & Chandon’s Twinkle Box is an elegant diamond prism holding a bottle of M & C Impérial. Sophistication in a bottle.

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GiFts For the table Olive Pride’s cute premium extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar set for the discerning diner bursts with flavour. Available in 250 ml or 500 ml. Get them individually from Pick n Pay.

For the Cheese addiCt We love Woolies’ foodie gifts. You can’t go wrong with the cheeseboard set – four authentic acacia wood cheeseboards with various yummy cheese accompaniments.

beCome an expert Fancy taking your first coffee in the morning to a more indulgent level? Treat yourself or someone special to a Zassenhaus coffee mill.

Clever ideas We love this food-andwine combo gift from Avondale and chef Reuben Riffel. Buy a bottle of Avondale’s Viognier blend, Cyclus 2009, and be wowed by a surprise recipe designed to complement the wine.

Festive nibbles Treat someone special to a picnic at Hartenberg Wine Estate. Think chilled wine and delicious local cuisine enjoyed on plush cushions in the shade of a garden tree.

Cookies For santa Woolworths wows this year with gifts for those with a sweet tooth. The new range of fabulously designed biscuit tins housing Woolies’ signature shortbread and crunchy treats are a delight.

Ultimate braai book If you loved the television reality show then you will absolutely die for the just-released book. Following his Ultimate Braai Master TV series, bush cook Justin Bonello has published a book containing a culinary cook-up of over 60 braai recipes from across SA, braai tips, and his top recipes. From Matjiesfontein to Golden Gate, the book visits the country’s nooks and crannies and features mouth-watering recipes, such as snoek with spicy chimichurri, and Engine Stew, a hearty stew cooked on your car’s manifold when you’re on a road trip. | 15

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A penchAnt for pAvilions A series of cleverly conceptualised pavilions enhance the exceptional views from this Higgovale home Words Genevieve Fisher Photographs Fiona Barclay Smith | 17

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ulling up to this home in Higgovale, the first thing you notice are the roofs, and you do a double take, because they seem to be suspended in empty space. The series of roofs are made of glass with an exposed steel covering and supported by steel posts that melt into the views of Table Mountain. In reality, the roofs sit atop four pavilions that make up this distinctive home by architect Paolo Deliperi. The client’s brief called for maximised views of the harbour, the City Bowl and Table Mountain, lots of natural light, privacy from the neighbours, and separate accommodation for the client’s children. This led Paolo to design a home with not much bulk under one roof. ‘My response was to break the building up into four separate pavilions, each with its own function, and to put these at the extremities of the site,’ says Paolo. ‘This creates a village-like feel, so that from the level lawn the neighbours are blocked out, and from any position you are only aware of your own building, the mountain, the city, the harbour and the sea. This gives you the sensation that you are the only one there, despite being surrounded by neighbours.’ A defining feature of this project is how dramatically the site of this 772 m2, four-bedroom family home changed. ‘It was a very steep site, which would have resulted in an unusable garden if we hadn’t taken great care in designing the external works in a sensitive manner so as to accommodate both a level lawn and a tennis court,’ says Paolo. When he first started working on the project, the 2 550 m2 site’s overgrown garden was filled with alien trees. The original house was built in the 1960s

“The materials used explore the structural concept of contrasting weight and lightness, solid and void” 18 | December 2012 / January 2013

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“For the first time in many years, sunlight poured in and, together with the mountain and city views, which were once again apparent, became the anchor around which the concept was designed� | 19

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“The house is blessed with incredible views of the harbour, the mountain and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway�

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“The client’s brief called for lots of natural light, privacy from the neighbours, and separate accommodation for the client’s children”

and, according to Paolo, it was unremarkable, to say the least. ‘It was dark and uninspiring and made no reference whatsoever to the incredible setting between mountain, city and sea.’ The steep site was cleared of all alien vegetation and the original house was demolished. ‘For the first time in many years, sunlight poured in and, together with the mountain and city views, which were once again apparent, became the anchor around which the concept was designed,’ says Paolo. Paolo chose to work with just a few materials: timber, glass, concrete and steel, the last used conceptually to reflect elements of the vistas onto which the home looks. ‘The house is blessed with incredible views of the harbour, the mountain and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, and there is a loose connection to all the steel that is apparent in the form of pulleys, steel cables, cranes and vessels, which form part of everyday life in a working harbour and the cableway,’ he says. The steel also supports and protects the roofs, while

the abundance of glass lets in natural light and the timber adds warmth. ‘The materials used explore the structural concept of contrasting weight and lightness, solid and void,’ Paolo explains. ‘This was achieved by implementing a series of simple concrete fins and beams as the only resting structures for the various roofs, which in turn are supported on steel posts and enclosed entirely in glass. The four pavilions are linked with steel, glass and timber galleries, all culminating in a double-volume staircase of the same materials.’ The gallery-like space of the staircase node is the warm heart of this home, contrasting the ethereal exterior with earthy, warm timber cladding, and some of the client’s impressive artwork is on display there. However, if the word ‘pavilion’ is defined as ‘ornate structures designed as amusement or exhibit spaces’, then the artwork doesn’t stand a chance next to the panoramic exhibition of the New Seventh Wonder of Nature, Table Mountain, framed by the harbour and the city. | 21

Corporate ChiC Business meets architectural pleasure at Deloitte’s new, sustainable, quintessentially Pretoria head office Words Candace King Photographs Michael Glenister


ccording to the joint Biannual Property Index published by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and Investment Property Databank (IPD) SA, the office sector only yielded a return of 5,8% in the year to June 2012. Irrespective of the statistics, the sector still saw the development of several groundbreaking office buildings and office parks, such as Deloitte’s impressive Pretoria head office in the modern Riverwalk Office Park. Situated on the corner of Matroosberg and Garsfontein roads just west of the N1 in Ashlea Gardens, the 15 000 m² Riverwalk Office Park offers blue-chip tenant Deloitte prime positioning in the heart of the eastern business hub, close to the highway, Menlyn Park shopping centre, trendy restaurants and other social haunts.

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The R300-million Riverwalk Office Park’s blocks are built across a triple basement, providing a comfortable parking ratio of five bays per 100 m² of lettable area. Located in Block B and taking up 7 000 m², Deloitte’s headquarters is a marvel of modern architecture, design and decor. Award-winning private construction company GD Irons Construction and leading firm Boogertman & Partners (B & P) Architects helmed the development. GD Irons Construction was also involved with Atterbury Value Mart, Brooklyn Square Shopping Centre, Irene Village Mall and Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton. For its part, B & P has a broad portfolio and some of its best-known developments are the ‘Calabash’ Soccer City Stadium, uShaka Marine World and Melrose Arch.

Explaining the features of Deloitte’s head office, B & P Director and Project Architect Sterik Gerber says, ‘The building’s facade was designed with angular window fenestration which resembles the patterns of the original tree trunks on the site, creating a contemporary forest pattern on the building. This natural view was further incorporated into the tiling and lighting patterns, where these angular layouts and patterns were again utilised in the building lobbies and ablutions. On the external facades the steelwork also followed the design concept of tree trunks and was designed and erected in angular patterns. The main entrance lobby stair similarly was designed as a “bird’s nest”, to keep with the natural concept, and received timber cladding at various angular patterns in order to obtain the desired effect.’

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The building utilises the green aspect for both aesthetic and sustainability purposes. ‘Deloitte’s corporate colours are blue with a very distinctive green dot, so we thought it could be fun to incorporate the green into the building.We introduced green strip lights at angles under the walkway bridges that connect the office wings through a glazed atrium and similarly also enclosed the same green lighting into the ablutions,’ notes Sterik. He adds, ‘Although the intention was never to register the building with the Green Building Council of South Africa [GBCSA], various sustainability aspects and elements were incorporated in order to ensure that the building is up to date with the latest technology available.’ NMC Interior Design and Project Management, a member of the GBCSA, was in charge of the

progressive interior design, having previously designed approximately 40 000 m² of interior office space for Deloitte across southern Africa, including its offices in Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Gaborone, and Windhoek. (NMC was also involved with the Dube TradePort and AgriZone developments in KwaZuluNatal, and with projects for the Bearing Man Group, or BMG.) NMC usually implements a signature Deloitte look and feel in all of its buildings. ‘Deloitte Pretoria was no exception. However, the design was adapted to ensure that the interiors complemented the striking architectural building style and provided a uniquely Pretoria feel,’ says NMC’s Nikki McRobbie. Nikki continues: ‘Two interior schemes were implemented. The first scheme applies to the visitors’ areas on the ground floor, including the reception, the

client interface area, and the “restaurant”, entertainment areas and training centre. The warm, contemporary style uses a monochromatic base highlighted with strong lime green and charcoal feature walls, striking photographic artwork, and furniture selected for its clean lines and contemporary styling. The second scheme applies to the staff areas on the office floors and strongly references the Deloitte brand – clean, bright contemporary colours, cutting-edge office furniture, a strong focus on natural light and outside awareness, and the introduction of collaboration areas and central pause areas on every wing promote a sense of teamwork and unity between divisions.’ Sterik says, ‘It was a crazy design, and we never thought that our client would approve it, but to our surprise, they did! I still smile when I look at it.’ | 23

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The 3D street art of the late Max Lowry is paving the way for the future of interactive marketing Words Deborah Curtis-Setchell | 27



s ‘Lowry’ is a name synonymous with a legacy of great art in the UK, so too have great artists long been synonymous with great tragedy. While Max Lowry was neither related to the British architect Laurence Lowry nor will he ever be recognised in the realm of unfulfilled masters such as Van Gogh and Lautrec, his premature death on the eve of his wedding will go a long way towards ensuring that his remarkable 3D street art will be enshrined in the consciousness of contemporary culture and pave the way for future followers of his profession. Max, a public school protégé and an only child, was raised by his mother, Suzanne, an accomplished Irish journalist who while recognising the necessity of an excellent education also instilled in her son the proverbial Irish lust for life. Max died minutes after returning from his studio where he had been doing what he enjoyed most: perfecting an interactive technique for creating 3D art on pavements. He had also just phoned his fiancée, Jane Davies, to tell her that he loved her and was looking forward to spending the rest of his life with her. Neither of them, least of all the groom-to-be, had the slightest inkling that he was about to suffocate alone from the rare condition subsequently diagnosed as sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. Suzanne later poignantly wrote that she ‘observed Jane’s wedding dress hanging in the cupboard in its exquisite folds, like a beautiful ghost’. A prelude perhaps to the dawning realisation that only Max’s startling vision and exuberant spirit would continue to haunt the planet. Jane has subsequently dedicated the remainder of her own life to establishing the CRY (Cardiac Arrest in the Young) Foundation and combining her own film and advertising expertise to create a thriving business in tribute to her wouldbe-husband’s sensational street art. Max’s partner and school friend Joe Hill, another prominent street artist, joined forces with Jane in the aftermath of Max’s death to start the company 3D Joe And Max. There is further symbolism in the 3D aspect in that all three of them, Max, Joe and Jane, attended the same school together, Marlborough. Given the multitude of graffiti-garnished streets crisscrossing the globe it is extraordinary that there are just four recognised street artists on the planet: Julian Beever (another Englishman) and China’s Mr Hou (the ‘Chalk God’) are the other major contenders – or arguably pretenders – to the throne. Of this handful, only Max and Joe have carved out a niche in 3D and have in many ways transformed global advertising by capitalising on the age of animation and social media. The sheer scale of their 3D paintings was ambitious from the start, intending to serve as incredible backdrops for unusual and creative photographs in iconic venues and in so doing, to encourage Facebook and YouTube interaction. The first project was a sure sign of the deceased partner Max’s ‘divine intervention’. Sponsored by Reebok CrossFit, 3D Joe And Max created the world’s largest- and longest-ever street artwork: a 1 160m2 and 106.5m-long abyss/waterfall ravine on the West India Quay at Canary Wharf, London. The artwork earned them two 2012 Guinness World Records and promptly garnered them international attention, including that of the London Olympic Committee on the brink of its campaign to invite the world to the city. Jane alluded to the challenges

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of the Canary Wharf installation, which took place in the midst of a bitter winter (‘the paint wouldn’t dry’) and the persuasive powers required to get athletes clad only in minimal Reebok swimming gear to perform on the surface of this frozen piece of art paving, giving the illusion of diving into the depths below. It was all ‘beyond emotionally draining’, especially for a grieving girlfriend. Joe and Jane’s determination paid off and they found themselves commissioned by Visit Britain – the Brits’ equivalent of our South African Tourism, or Satour – to tour the world from Shanghai to Moscow, promoting Britain and the pending London Olympics. Their first official commission was to capture the post-Royal Wedding euphoria in Australia, a colony with distinctly anti-monarchist leanings. With the spectacular Sydney Opera House in the background, Joe laid down a dramatic scene of Prince William and Kate arriving at Westminster Abbey along the extensive harbour wharf, literally stopping locals in their tracks. Apparently the Aussies hadn’t been quite

so awe inspired since the acrobatic feats performed by the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit (depicted in the recent Oscar-winning documentary, Man On Wire). If, as Loerie Awards CEO, Andrew Human, predicted two years ago, conventional advertising can no longer exist unless it is construed as entertainment, then 3D Joe And Max is onto a winning formula. It is not surprising that kingpins of the entertainment industry have identified the magnetism and potential marketing power of Joe and Jane’s 3D street art. They were invited by Warner Brothers Europe (the company that Jane worked for in London) to recreate New York in London, coupled with the illusion of a man falling off a ledge, for the world premiere of the Hollywood blockbuster thriller, Man On A Ledge. Immediately after that, Warner Brothers made use of another of 3D Joe And Max’s jaw-dropping live installations at the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Madrid, complementing the macabre theme of this epic trilogy and the dramatic effects on celluloid.


“his premature death on the eve of his wedding will go a long way towards ensuring that his remarkable 3d street art will be enshrined in the consciousness of contemporary culture”

Opening page Man On A Ledge promotion, London. This spread, clockwise from left The Dark Knight rises from a Madrid pavement; the award-winning Visit Britain campaign; Sprite advert; the Royal Wedding in anamorphic 3D; a troll announces Cartoon Network’s Level Up.

The litany of metaphysical 3D stunts this young company has pulled off continues to grow and attract celebrity endorsement faster than any star falling off a ledge or out of the sky. They have mastered the art of illusion as well as Vegas magicians David Blaine and David Copperfield have. In order to get the full authentic anamorphic 3D effect, viewers have to look through a strategically situated camera placed on each horizontal artwork, yet this in no way diminishes the visual trickery of these extraordinarily surreal paintings – the position selected for each respective viewer to stand in and behold the 3D effect only enhances their faux allure. For example, Sergio Garcia recently positioned himself for a drive at the World Golf Championships, apparently perched precipitously on the edge of a cavernous cliff not typical of the sweeping undulations of any links course anywhere in the world except for those emulating from the end of 3D Joe And Max’s energetic brushstrokes. Global exposure together with the clever Maximisation of Facebook and Twitter sites, where social

media fundis share photographs of themselves falling off a ledge, diving into a ravine, or surfing a wave, at the strategically chosen international venues for these interactive street art masterpieces has further attracted the attention of Silicon Valley and the major IT players. 3D Joe And Max were recently invited to produce an artwork for the Google event party at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. While the various economic gurus discussed financial ceilings, Joe installed one of Lowry’s cultural creations on an actual ceiling at the event, thus taking 3D art literally to the next level. And when Cartoon Network wanted to premiere its amazing show Level Up, there was only one chosen artist who they wanted to create the illusion of 3D monsters emerging out of the ground in Los Angeles to rival the plethora of celebrity handprints already flanking Hollywood Boulevard, and that was Max Lowry. More Disney Pixar characters climbed out of the cobbles of Covent Garden in the wake of the launch of the new X Box game, Kinect Rush,

all conceived by Max or from prints of his previous work and implemented posthumously. The marketing applications of this team’s talent is diverse, extending to the Philadelphia baseball team, who commissioned a Phillies Phanatic 3D installation, and the London Theatre Company, who used Max and Joe’s anamorphic paintings to promote a new play, The Leisure Society. The London Marketing Society has just awarded 3D Joe And Max the 2012 Trophy For Excellence for their Visit Britain Campaign. In light of the recent accolades, its is cruel to contemplate that a year ago in the depths of despair in a London mortuary the eloquent Suzanne Lowry was forced to come to her own conclusion about her gifted son: ‘On the edge of Max’s generous hand, lying outside the cover of the sheet swaddling him, I noticed a streak of green paint, a last reminder that Max was an artist.’ An artist who has certainly left more than a mere mark and who no doubt will be gloriously painting the pavement to heaven. | 29



Whether you’re hosting Christmas lunch, an all-night New Year’s Eve bash or just a summer gathering of friends, read these pages and yours will be a party to remember Words Genevieve Fisher


t’s official: the party season is upon us! Luckily for us, our festive season occurs at the height of summer, giving us the option of taking our Christmas, New Year’s or cocktail parties outdoors. Here we bring you the latest in food and beverage products, ideas and trends as well as advice from a top caterer and stylist, not to mention innovative ways to deck out your pad. Dim the lights, turn the music up and toast to balmy summer days and nights.

Food and drink are two of the most important factors of a good party. Here we get tips from a caterer, and present new foodie and drink products and ideas

last minute. The more time you give the caterer to put together your event and visit your house, the better your result will be. Make sure the caterer is given the exact time your guests will be arriving and that the caterer arrives a minimum of two hours ahead of your guests, to set up and to brief staff. Clear your kitchen of your personal items ahead of time. If your event is for more than 80 guests, a tasting is essential.

Joburg’s doyenne of event catering, Karen short, from by Word of Mouth, gives us her top tips for catering a home party.

If you have a colour scheme, make sure the caterer is aware of this, to match up garnishes or other small touches. • Create an atmosphere: light candles, dim the lights, put on some great music. If you are seating guests at dinner, don’t seat partners next to each other, and definitely plan and pre-seat your guests, as this encourages guests to talk and makes for a far more interesting evening. Take time to focus on small details – these are always noticed. Arrange some flowers, make an effort with an arrival drink, and perhaps have a great serviette detail. Don’t forget to place flowers or candles in the guest bathroom; there’s nothing worse then a dirty, messy bathroom. • Make sure you have all the correct drinks to match the food, or a special drink that only some VIp guests drink. Make sure you have enough ice and lemons for the bar and that all your drinks are properly chilled. If you are planning a big party, have a reputable taxi company close by to arrange safe transport home for those guests who are over the limit. +27 (0)11 553 7600,

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• Plan your party thoroughly and well in advance. Know what menu will suit your guests, the weather and the type of party result you want to achieve. For example, don’t do a sit-down dinner if you want guests to mingle or dance. Make sure when planning the menu that you are aware of all the dietary requirements. If you are cooking, prepare whatever you can in advance. • Staffing a function is to me one of the most important things that a host must not skimp on. If you employ barmen and waiters and brief them thoroughly, you and your partner are freed up to mingle with your guests. Another benefit of this is that at the end of your event, your house is clean. • If you are bringing in a catering company, choose seasonal items for the menu – it will be more cost effective. Don’t book a caterer at the

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Party Dogs

To keep guests satiated well into the early hours, every party needs at least one of these. The Fairground hotdog Warmer heats the ‘dogs’ within five minutes – simply screw them onto the rollers while they’re rotating and they’ll keep warm until ready to be eaten. The best part is that it’s so easy to clean – the rollers detach individually for washing. available online from Yuppie gadgets.

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SteP-by-SteP parTY DelIghTs Need expert guidance on party treats? get a copy of Celebrate by the acclaimed Tina bester, chef-proprietor of Cape Town’s Queen of Tarts. her latest book is filled with delectable step-by-step recipes and beautiful imagery of treats for all different types of celebrations. +27 (0)21 461 6808,


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This is our favourite innovative way to get the party started. Silicone ice Shots are silicone moulds that allow you to make 44 ml shot glasses out of ice. Up the cool factor and create multicoloured shot glasses by sprinkling a few drops of food colouring into the water before freezing. Available online from Yuppie gadgets.

Soco Share Jars by Southern comfort are the best way to share cocktails with friends this party season. Based on the ‘jam jar’ concept of mixing cocktails in a big glass jar and popping straws in for friends to share, the 750 ml Soco Share Jars have four holes in the lid to dunk your straws through. Purchase Southern comfort original from selected Tops stores nationwide and receive a complimentary Soco Share Jar at the till point upon presentation of the peel-and-read sticker attached to the bottle.

Moooi cool! This container Vase by Marcel Wanders for acclaimed Dutch design house Moooi is not just pretty, but also useful. Use it to cool your party bubbles. Just pack it with ice, pour and sip away! +27 (0)83 276 7978,

Pastry high Pastry lifts are an essential part of any entertainment arsenal. The Protea pastry lift by Aboda is modelled on protea leaves and twigs and is available in gilded silver, brass and bronze from online shopping portal Meekel, which specialises in South African design.;

tuMbler TAPAS We love these revol crumpled Tumblers. resembling disposable paper cups, they are in fact made of glazed porcelain. Perfect for serving tapas, olives, dip and condiments, they’ll definitely be a talking point at your next drinks party. Available from Entrepo. +27 (0)21 462 2063,

For Civilised PArTY-goerS suMMer SerVeD UP When it comes to serving festive food, nothing says ‘luxury and quality’ quite like le creuset. We love this summery al fresco spread of serving vessels. Done in fresh blue and green shades, they accentuate the scrumptiousness of the food served in them. +27 (0)861 773 321,

if your idea of summer entertaining is a fabulous tea party with cucumber sarmies, quiche and sweet treats, then Yswara luxury African teas should be on your shopping list. This exclusive range of precious and rare blended African teas and teatime accessories are now available from The Wish collection in Sandton city. +27 (0)11 784 0408,; | 31

A top Cape Town stylist helps you get your pad party-ready. Add to the fun with innovative products and ideas. WHat tHe stylist says Kerstin Eser of Plascon Design Centre in Cape town has many years’ industry experience. She shares her tips on adding that wow factor to your home decor and styling when you host a party. • Without sounding too formal, the first place to start is your colour palette. i would suggest a palette (and decor at that) which could possibly last longer than your party. Why does your party need to end after the night? Choose decor that doesn’t need be taken down after the actual event, and let the merriment linger for a little longer than a few hours. White and monochromatic tones, such as greys and black, are safe starting points and won’t fight with your existing home decor. Plus, if you add a splash of bright colour to your palette, the monotones will provide the perfect backdrop for it to stand out. Mint or apple greens are great against black and white. Turquoise blue looks very strong against shades of grey. Soft pink, soft grey, and black-and-white work really well together. • Flower arrangements will make your home come alive and look festive, whatever the occasion. I like informal arrangements of branches or sprigs of seasonal flowers from your garden, such as magnolias and blossoms. i love to place these long branches in a

cluster in oversized vases, sometimes with only one branch per vase. Other options, including proteas and other types of indigenous flowers, can be found in abundance at the flower markets all year round. Another way to display your flower is by casually hanging several strings of flowers from a rustic rod, creating a flower curtain. You can make these strings of flowers out of paper, if you require a little more longevity from your flower curtain. These curtains can be used in the centre of a room as a screen, or in a doorway, or above your table, or even against a blank wall, creating instant art. • Another great idea is to create a wall or ceiling of white balloons. White is best because when light shines through the balloons it creates a soft ambient light. in order for it to have an impact you need to use as many large balloons as possible, strung tightly together. • If you don’t go with the balloon idea, try a cluster of Chinese lanterns or paper hanging flowers indoors and outdoors. These are very inexpensive and create a dramatic effect when many are used together. they also create a lovely soft ambient light. You could also hang clusters of them (using white ribbon to suspend them) from a string of fairy lights. And if you require something more striking than the plain white shades, then paint them – in black-and-white stripes, or gold, or silver. • Floor cushions and makeshift swing beds are great for accommodating lots of people and give a casual and easy atmosphere for after-dinner festivities. Creating this setting outdoors is fantastic, with fairy lights and candles placed around the garden and in the trees. And to take this theme even further, hang a sheet or a white screen in the garden and make your very own outdoor cinema, with cushions and candlelight. +27 (0)21 427 8918,

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Hanging out What we love about these Christmas decorations by Skinny laMinx is that they are great additions to your home decor even after the festivities are over and the tree has come down. they are laser-cut from birch plywood, and you can hang them from just about anywhere: door handles, coat hangers, and drawer and cupboard handles. You can even create a wall feature by hanging them from nails. +27 (0)21 424 6290,

going DutcH Add a touch of international flair to your dinner party table with these 17th-century-Dutch-style sculptural glasses by deon Viljoen Fine Art in Stellenbosch. nationwide shipping available. +27 (0)21 882 9996

Festive lights these Jar lights by let there Be light will add a romantic ambience to a hot summer evening gathering. Whether you’re dining al fresco, or partying in the garden, you’ll want these hanging from the trees. Each jar is filled with a curl of delicate fairy lights, a hanging chain and a lid-fitted battery. Available from Meekel.

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We Heart gArlAndS These coloured card garlands make for easy, attractive decor accessories. hang them from lights, door handles and chairs, or loop them around pot plants to add a playful touch. they last much longer than their floral ancestors. Available from Meekel.


coasteR CHIC We love these sets of felt coasters by touchy Feely. For the more civilised dinner party, there are the pretty yet dramatic black doily coasters, and for the more flamboyant celebration there are the No Feet on the table coasters – just in case your guests need reminding. Available from meekel.

Rocking remotely one of the most essential ingredients to a rocking party is great sound. the new outCast loudspeaker system from the HFX Group is portable, wireless and made for outdoor use. It talks to your iPod as well as cellphones, laptops and home computers. +27 (0)861 000 861,

solaR StArS offset your carbon footprint with these solar powered decorative rope lights from the lighting Warehouse. their soft glow will add to the mood of any party, indoors or out. Five hours’ charging in direct sunlight provides an eight-hour glow. +27 (0)11 201 2621,

the giFt that KeePS oN GIVING A great gift idea for guests at your dinner party is recipe cards printed with the recipe for one of the dishes at the table. these recipe cards by essie letterpress come in a box of 20 and are printed on thick ivory paper. every time your guests make that dish, they’ll think of you. Available from meekel.

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these novel pop-up Christmas cards by Keri muller of Simple Intrigue have been cut from playing cards. Use them as Christmas cards or as impressive table settings. the red-and-white cards are apt for the festive season, but at r25 each, we recommend you buy a few more and use them throughout the year. +27 (0)74 194 2288,

Festive NeStS these porcelain bird nests by Helen Vaughan are another example of festive decor with longevity. Use them as tea light on the festive season, or to hold small plants or jewellery. +27 (0)83 631 3458, | 33


3 Days

The ICPP is a 3 day programme targeted at people who have no experience or formal knowledge of the Commercial or Industrial Property Industry.

4 Days

The ECPP targets people who have had some experience or formal knowledge of the Commercial or Industrial Property Industry. This 4 day programme deals with introduction of property developments, valuations, feasibility studies, property finance and financial calculations.



This programme applies accounting concepts in the property sector. It will look at ratios and trends and teach delegates how to interpret the financial statements and manage trust accounts. It is a key career enhancing course for those employed in financial departments in commercial property.

Property Management Programme


1 Year

The PMP provides participants with a comprehensive overview of processes and decision making in the property management work environment.

Certificate for the Commercial Property Practitioner


1 Year

CCPP is a one year correspondence programme and is for practitioners and brokers involved in office, retail and industrial leasing, management and investment.

2 Weeks

This intensive resident two-week course, held at the GSB in Cape Town, is South Africa’s premier management programme on property finance, valuation, property law, negotiation, investment, development, marketing and management. The caliber of participants is traditionally very high and the standard of instruction is therefore pitched at senior management and industry professionals.

4 Months

The International Property Leadership Programme (IPLP) offered by SAPOA in partnership with Wits Business School (WBS) and includes an International Study Tour. The Programme has been designed for senior executives in the Property industry.


Essential Commercial Property Programme

Property Financial Programme




Property Development Programme

International Property Leadership Programme




Intensive Project Management Programme for the Built Environment

Building Construction Technology Programme




1 Week

The FMP is an intensive course of facilities management which is held over five days.

1 Week

This course held over five days is designed for participants in first level and middle management positions. It covers proven generic areas of project management and introduces more innovative and novel practices in project management in the build environment.

1 Week

The course is structured to satisfy the needs of many property practitioners who take responsibility for the erection, maintenance, redevelopment, facilities management, project management of existing buildings and building projects and who never had formal training or education in building construction technology.


Starry, starry night The African bush beckons from Jaci’s Safari Lodge Words Nicky Manson


ou enter Jaci’s Safari Lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve in North West Province via an old-fashioned wooden swing bridge. It hangs over the brush and swings tentatively with every step – an exhilarating start to your African bush adventure. The bridge leads to the main lodge, where ‘old fashioned’ ends abruptly. The lodge is beautiful. It is divided into separate areas and the furniture and upholstery are bold and proudly African, with bright, colourful printed fabrics covering the sofas and classic armchairs in the lounge area and blocks of colour used for the dining room chairs in the restaurant area. The main lodge is made up of an upstairs bar, curio shop, and open-plan kitchen and dining area, which extends out onto the wrap-around deck and cosy lounge area. A large fireplace takes centre stage and the comfortable pillows that surround it ensure that it’s a popular chill spot between meals. Jaci’s Safari Lodge prides itself on putting guests first and the staff try to accommodate your every whim. From

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providing special noodles for the kids’ dinners on request to supplying babysitters free every evening, it’s the special care and attention to details that make the lodge and its staff stand out. Only eight suites (luxury tents) are available, so it is an intimate experience. These large canvas villas are of the Out of Africa variety and sit on concrete slabs with underfloor heating. The bathtub is also made from concrete and can fit the whole family, while the outside showers allow you to engage with nature at will. The front flaps of the tent remain open throughout the day so that you’re looking out onto nature at all times until evening falls. On your return from the evening game drive, you find your room has been zipped up – you don’t want to sleep with the monkeys – and the deliciously romantic mosquito nets have been dropped (Madikwe is a malaria-free area). Of course, you would not be visiting Jaci’s if you were not a fan of wildlife. Jaci’s boasts one of the biggest wild dog populations in SA. The Big Five is also present. We saw four


“Of course, you would not be visiting Jaci’s if you were not a fan of wildlife. Jaci’s boasts one of the biggest wild dog populations in SA. The Big Five is also present”

of the Five on our first day, including being greeted by a large herd of elephants before we’d even reached camp. Kids can join in the fun too on a Jungle Drive just for them – we learned first-hand about various animals’ prints, what they eat and so forth (yes, we trailed along, but it’s great fun to view animals with a bunch of enthusiastic youngsters). Some mid-afternoon snacks, with cold beers for the adults, ensured the drive home was comfortable and relaxed – apart from the four female lions who crossed our path and appeared to be stalking their evening meal … Or us. Besides the two daily game drives, there are also two swimming pools for the warmer months as well as a spa and a kids’ play area, but we recommend just chilling, because you couldn’t choose a more beautiful destination. Dining out is somewhat different here. Brunch is served after the morning game drive (rusks and coffee are mandatory accompaniments) and then dinner after the evening game drive. Three-course meals are the name of the game. You will certainly not go hungry, and on special evenings the camp offers buffets and entertainment in the bomas. What’s not to like? Eat alongside an open fire under the stars and then fall asleep to the sounds of hyenas laughing in the distance. It is a genuinely African experience. +27 (0)83 700 2071, | 37


Opening page, clockwise from top The exclusive Nare Suite; Jaci’s by night; the bridge leading to camp. This page, clockwise from top Raised dining boma among the trees, bursts of colour in the lounge; a spacious double tent hybrid – more than enough room for families.


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Middleman Centurion has come into its own. Here’s why Words Gisela Nel


ack in the day, Centurion used to be Pretoria’s neglected little brother. Nobody paid it much notice because it was a little dozy and there was not too much going on behind the scenes. But the underdog came up fighting and, oh, how things have changed. Today Centurion is a hub of activity, with vibey restaurants and bars, major corporations, and retail stores popping up at every intersection. Its proximity to Pretoria, Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport has given Centurion a huge advantage. Many couples who work in Pretoria and Johannesburg, respectively, find it a convenient halfway point to set up home. A good in-betweener, life in Centurion is not quite as fast paced as in Johannesburg, but it beats Pretoria East. Centurion offers a variety of residential properties, from middle-class suburban houses with small to medium gardens to fancy estate homes with modern architecture and spacious gardens. Estate properties are mostly freeholds and sell for between R1 million and R3,5 million. Prices in the suburbs vary dramatically,

from R400 000 to R1,5 million. Younger buyers and young families are the primary market for houses in the suburbs. Glenda Wolters from Leapfrog Property Group says, ‘Complexes are still mostly in demand; however, there is a new trend picking up where we’re finding that younger people are moving out of town houses and into free-standing properties for the bigger stands.’ Wierdapark, Doringkloof, Eldoraigne, Rooihuiskraal, Lyttelton and Hennopspark are just some of the popular suburbs in Centurion. At the upmarket end of the spectrum, exclusive gated communities include Cornwall Hill Estate, Irene Farm Village Estate, Midstream Estate, and our favourite, Southdowns. Southdowns Estate is a brilliant concept. Instead of using land to provide golfers with a weekend playground, Southdowns uses its land for agriculture and grows food for the surrounding area. It incorporates 50 ha of farmland within the estate, giving city kids at grave risk of becoming spoilt X Box brats the rare chance of growing up on a working farm with fat cows to pat, fields of crops to get lost in and farm fences over which to hurdle.

If you happen to be one of the elite golfers, you won’t be disappointed by the class of golf estates in the area, including Blue Valley Golf & Country Estate, Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate (which boasts Gauteng’s first Els Club) and Centurion Golf Estate, with its myriad birdlife and weeping willows that shade meandering rivers. Property is not the only thing that Centurion has in abundance. Amenities in the area include a number of new malls, such as the award-winning al fresco Irene Village Mall, Southdowns Mall, Centurion Lifestyle Centre and Mall @ Reds. The Irene Dairy Farm is also a favourite outing; residents go there to buy fresh milk, roam around the farm and catch a bite to eat at either of the two outdoor restaurants. If you are visiting the area and are looking for a place to stay, let the Protea Hotel, situated within the Centurion Lake Waterfront Development, be your home from home. Perfect for business, this high-rise hotel overlooks Centurion and is modern, rather swanky and within walking distance of many boutiques, restaurants and bars. | 39


“ToDay CenTurion is a hub of aCTiviTy, wiTh vibey resTauranTs anD bars, maJor CorporaTions, anD reTail sTores popping up aT every intersection” Five things to do in Centurion and surrounds 1. Play a round of golf on one of Centurion’s five courses. 2. Pat the calves and munch on some farm-style delicacies outdoors at the Irene Dairy Farm. 3. Buy an aromatic farm coffee and get lost in the rows of antiques, art and jewellery stalls at the Irene Market. 4. Have tea and scones at the Smuts House Museum’s tea garden. 5. Swing, climb and zip through a forest of eucalyptus trees at Acrobranch, just 15 minutes from Centurion.

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the agent speaks We chat to Steve van Wyk from Seef Centurion about the advantages of purchasing real estate in Centurion.

Describe a typical Centurion residential property. Centurion consists of about 70 000 properties, varying from typical middleclass suburban houses and town houses to exclusive upmarket properties in gated communities. Some new, some old, the properties are varied in Centurion.

how’s Centurions infrastructure? Is the area coping with the demand for services needed for business? Centurion has excellent access to highways and the Gautrain. The Gautrain bus services most of the suburbs in Centurion. Fortunately, sufficient longterm planning was put in place to ensure that Centurion would never have a problem regarding roads, rail and water supply. The road network is modern and well maintained. The infrastructure network is more than capable of handling the growth that has taken place.

What’s changed in Centurion over the Opening page A large Centurion home. this spread, clockwise from top Heritage Hill House; typical upmarket Centurion homes with modern finishes.

past 10 years? The biggest change over the past 10 years has been the building of many gated communities and town house complexes as well as the Gautrain station. Various business parks and shopping malls have been developed in Centurion, giving you just about every type of shop you can imagine. People’s perceptions of Centurion have also changed, and with this we are seeing a big influx of new investors and residents to the area.

Why would you encourage people to invest in Centurion? With the rising cost of fuel and proposed tolling, Centurion is centrally situated to both Johannesburg and Pretoria and has easy access to OR Tambo and Lanseria airports. Centurion has shown excellent growth over the past 10 years and has numerous government schools, private schools, malls, hospitals, clinics, libraries, public parks, restaurants, retirement complexes, sports facilities, hotels and post offices. All the facilities required by With thanks to … Seeff Centurion, +27 (0)12 667 2167, Leapfrog Property Group, +27 (0)12 663 9000,

the people living in Centurion are easily available and accessible. | 41

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Cycling into the future

Studying the property market cycles of the past is perhaps the only way of catching a glimpse into the property market of the future, writes RE/MAX of Southern Africa CEO, Adrian Goslett


ouldn’t we all love to be able to see into the future? In 1903, the president of the Michigan Savings Bank advised Henry Ford’s lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Co. His reasoning was that the car was merely a novelty, a fad that would soon pass. I wonder what he would have said today. Although there is no sure-fire way for property investors to know what will happen in the property market in the future, sometimes the best way to look forward is to look backwards and see what lessons there are to be learnt from the past. Timing is crucial to the return on an investment property, although property is far more forgiving than other forms of investment. While purchasing investment property is not for the faint-hearted, knowing what to look for and when to buy will make the process far less daunting for the novice investor, and, once mastered, could lead to financial reward. If we look at the property cycles of the past few decades, we will see that there is a definite pattern that can be followed over a period of nine years. Every nine years there is an economic downturn, which takes an average of 10 months to complete from the top of the cycle to the bottom. The bottom of the cycle usually lasts approximately 24 months, followed by a slow, solid upturn to the top, with a recovery

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period of about 64 months. Currently the South African property market is in this phase of recovery. The prevailing conditions of this phase of the cycle, such as interest rates at a low that we have not seen in the past 39 years, along with more affordable property pricing, make this an ideal time to invest. Since the beginning of 2011 there has been a marked increase in activity in the property market because of stronger demand from buyers and because financial institutions are showing a greater appetite for risk. The increased demand for property has continued into 2012, as more buyers are able to meet the criteria required for bond approval. And while there are still opportunities in the market in general, some regions have reported a shortage of certain types of property. Those investors who want to make the most of their property investment should strike while the iron is hot. When the market turns, property prices will begin to rise, and those who stood by idly without making the most of the current market conditions will lose out. It goes without saying that more profit can be made from buying property in a recovering market and selling in a boom period than if the property were bought and sold in the boom period. Although an emerging property market is the ideal time for investors to buy, the same rules should still

apply: investors should not rush into any transaction without conducting the necessary research. Having considered all the necessary aspects, such as the location and the type of property, wellinformed investors will be able to recognise a good deal when they see one. Firm knowledge of the market, as well as having an idea of what properties are selling for in certain areas, will allow investors to identify and differentiate between an overpriced property and one whose price is market related. Purchasing a property that is priced outside the market’s current parameters will only erode the chances of seeing a healthy return in the long term. The cyclical aspect of the property market means that investors will always have to contend with the lows, and make the most of the highs. However, despite the peaks and troughs, property continues to be a sought-after asset that appreciates in value over the long term.

Adrian Goslett, CEO, RE/MAX of Southern Africa

Pretoria Residential & Commercial

Big things going down The Tshwane Metro Council is planning to implode Schubart Park in Pretoria West, one of the largest blocks of flats in South Africa. The complex was built by the National Housing Board in the 1980s as a state-subsidised rental scheme. In its heyday the complex had excellent recreational facilities, including a swimming pool, tennis courts and a community hall. A fire in 2011 caused serious structural damage to the building, after which it was declared unsafe. The building was evacuated and is now set to be demolished. The reclaimed ground will form part of a new housing project in the West Capital, which is expected to inject millions of rand into Tshwane’s economy. The West Capital project will link the inner city with Marabastad. The Tshwane Metro Council has also announced that Struben, Potgieter, Schubart, Bosman and Boom streets will form part of the new development, making way for student accommodation. Properties on these streets are currently being used by panel-beaters, small businesses and scrapyards. It has not yet been announced when the implosion will take place, but one thing is certain, says Joshua Ngonyama, member of the mayoral committee for housing and sustainable settlements, ‘The city is working on getting rid of colossal, unsafe buildings.’

Dipping into Pretoria JSE-listed property company Dipula Income Fund has announced that it will add to its portfolio by acquiring three prime Pretoria office buildings for a combined R431 million. The buildings are the 7 699m2 SAPS Integrated Justice System building in Erasmuskloof, the 21 478m2 SAPS VIP building in Sunnyside and the 5 048m2 Absa Call Centre building in Arcadia. Dipula Income Fund CEO, Izak Petersen, says, ‘The acquisitions enhance Dipula’s office portfolio. They are modern, high-quality, single-tenant office buildings with A-grade corporate and government tenants. The acquisitions continue Dipula’s strategy to improve the quality and average size of its portfolio on a yield-enhancing basis. By acquiring these assets, Dipula is also gaining access to the Pretoria office market, improving the geographic diversification of our portfolio.’ This is Dipula’s third major property acquisition since its listing on the JSE in August 2011. Its asset value has grown from R2,1 billion to R3,1 billion. +27 (0)11 325 2112,

Left to right: Dipula Income Fund Executive Director, Saul Gumede, and CEO Izak Petersen

Equestria takes the reins The property market in Equestria in Pretoria East appears to be recovering well from the market slump of 2007 to 2009, reports Pretoria Property. As a relatively new area with many freshly built town house complexes, Equestria has become popular with investors looking to meet the high rental demand of people moving to Pretoria from outlying areas due to work opportunities. Equestria is close to The Glades, Faerie Glen, Lynnwood and Silver Lakes Golf Estate. Estate agencies say offers are being made off plan, which shows that interested parties are conducting research online. This is an interesting trend and a reassuring show of investor confidence, they say, and an indication of an anticipated boom in Equestria.

It’s a gas With electricity prices going through the roof, Southdowns Residential Estate in Irene, Pretoria, is now reaping the rewards of an internal gas network that was installed in 2006. Taking full advantage of its proximity to Sasol’s main gas pipeline, Southdowns successfully concluded a long-term supply agreement with Sasol, making it the first and only residential estate in South Africa to reticulate natural gas to its owners. Of the 430 residences already completed, 275 freehold properties and all 49 town houses are connected to the gas network. Residents are starting to see the benefits of natural gas and the number of users is rapidly increasing, says Jack Prentice, MD of Southdowns Management Services. As natural gas is widely regarded as a clean energy source, Southdowns is doing its bit for the environment, says Jack, adding that the impact on the environment due to the installation was minimal and has drastically reduced dependency on the strained national electricity grid. He adds that as much as 30% of the estate’s energy needs are provided by natural gas. ‘Suffice to say the investment in Southdowns’s gas network has been a resounding success not only for Southdowns’s stakeholders, but in the broader context too. We are proud of what we have achieved and believe our gas network really sets us apart.’ He believes the ongoing threat of spiralling electricity prices will see more estates realising the benefits of natural gas and implementing similar networks in the future. +27 (0)12 665 1147, | 43


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Residential property developers to rent out historic gems in city’s original suburbs. A team of private developers has, however, recently snapped up two well-located historic homes, which they have lovingly refurbished especially for the rental market. Retha Schutte, regional executive for the Pretoria region of Pam Golding Properties, says that these homes not only offer residents charming colonial-style outdoor living but they are renovated with convenience and a modern lifestyle in mind. They are also situated in the older, more central parts of Pretoria. The “Stone Lodge”, as the home was originally known, was built in 1906, and is one of the first buildings that Baker designed in Pretoria. This five-bedroomed, north-facing home with a wrap-around stoep (veranda) is on the rental market through Pam Golding Properties (PGP) for R45 000 per month. Web Access PTL1076942 Thea Greeff 083 573 8748, Lucia Coetzee 083 760 1908 property_junction pretoria_NEW_October edited.indd 1

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