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Welcome Onboard The Blue Train Betty’s Bay Penguin Colony Cape Point Sammy Marks Museum Majestic Table Mountain Journey to Mount Everest Gordon’s Bay The Palace of the Lost City The Farm Inn Country Hotel The Featherbed Company Knysna

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We are at the beginning of a new year, with 2010 ahead of us. When we greet someone we usually say “hello”, and when we leave we usually say “goodbye”. It is a social greeting, but it has no deep or profound meaning behind it. In Israel, however, when you greet someone or say goodbye, the word that is used is “shalom”. “Shalom” is much more than a casual social greeting; it is a prayer, a blessing, a desire, and a benediction. It is a word that is packed with the full benefits of God’s favour. In Hebrew the word “shalom” has many significant meanings throughout scripture. The following blessing is a compilation of those meanings: May you be whole in body, soul and spirit as a result of being in harmony with God’s will and purpose for your life. May His peace be your covering, your heart know His fullness, and by His mighty power may you know victory over every enemy. May He bring to pass the deepest desires of your heart. May you know the healing power of His presence and the restoration of every broken relationship. Through His sufficiency, may His limitless resources meet every need that you face. May His covenant promises be fulfilled in your life and in your family.

In Hebrew the word “shalom” has many significant meanings throughout the Scriptures. The following blessing is a compilation of those meanings. May He bring you the greatest measure of contentment and the deepest satisfaction that your heart can possibly know. “Lord, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us”. It is with this that I want to bless our readers for the year ahead. During this year, Ray Magazine wants to bring you uplifting and good news in the various sections of the magazine. We want to entertain you with the beauty of life that surrounds you, something that can be easily overseen during our day-to-day activities. I want to encourage you to do wonderful things with your life this year. Know that you are important and your input in life can make a difference in the lives of the people around you. A smile, a friendly greeting or an encouraging word can change a life! Shalom, and enjoy the following pages.

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There are more things to do, more places to discover, more adventures to be had than you ever imagined before. Remember the ocean. Remember its rhythm. The gentle crashing of the waves onto an unspoilt beach. The colour of the sea, changing every day to a hundred different shades, from emerald to dark blue. Colours governed by sky, wind and warmth. Remember the ocean breeze, bringing with it the scent of salt and lazy days. The feeling of warm sand between your toes. The playfulness, the here, the now, the absolute bliss. Remember what you gain when you leave the city behind.

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Every epic needs its prologue. So, too, begins The Blue Train experience. In the departure lounge, a warm-hearted welcome sets the wheels in motion for a voyage defined by the hallmarks of personal attention and devotion to detail. An hour before the train leaves the station; you are ushered into a world where anticipation is quietly heightened by the ease of check-in and the ambience of convivial relaxation, with a change to enjoy a welcoming cocktail and an appetizing delicacy or two from a butler’s silver tray. Your luggage is labeled and safely whisked away, as the stage is set for a personal invitation to stroll onto

the platform, step on board, and settle into your own private suite. Bon voyage. The experience is about to begin. Take a journey into a timeless world of grace, elegance and romance, where spectacular scenery stirs your imagination and luxurious comfort soothes your body and soul. A Cordial Setting for a Grand Tradition In the Lounge Car, bouquets of flame lilies adorn tables adjacent to the picture-windows, where the view of the evershifting landscape must compete with the original works of South African art on the walls. Settle down amongst the scatter-

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cushions on a plush and comfortable couch, and watch the world go by. A Movable Feast The Blue Train experience is a banquet for the senses. Nowhere more so in the Dining Car, where the reassuring heft of Sheffield cutlery and crystal glassware on crisp white linen sets the tone for the table of delights to follow. A meal on The Blue Train is a tantalising experience in itself, with the flavour of local cuisine, from Karoo Lamb to Ostrich Fillet to Knysna Oysters to award-winning cultivars from the Cape wine lands. The Blue Train’s legendary cuisine – call it Cordon Blue – is an irresistible tribute to culinary mastery on the move. Lets step inside this spectacular restaurant on wheels where every taste



is a memory in the making. Reflections in Blue Night is falling. Through the window of my suite, a window as wide as the world, I glimpse the first flicker of the evening star, casting its light upon the landscape. I see a bird wheeling in the open sky, among clouds still tinged with the afterglow of sunset. All that matters… Is that we are somewhere between the moment of origin and the destiny that draws us on, towards the rising sun, On tracks of steel that whisper their way from the ocean to the desert to the City of Gold.


These lines connect us. To people, to places… Come now, follow your heart and follow your soul. Through the window of The Blue Train, anything in the world is possible. The Blue Train Accolades For over half a century South Africa’s Blue Train has enjoyed an international reputation as one of the world’s pre-eminent travelling experiences. Recently voted the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” at the 16th Annual World Travel Awards Grand Finale Gala Ceremony held at the JW Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 8th November 2009. This supersedes being named Africa’s Leading Luxury Train –at the African leg of the World Travel Awards held at the Durban ICC earlier in 2009 on the 11th May. For more please visit, The Blue Train adds these two awards to an already array list of accolades, such as being voted for four consecutive years (1998/99/2000/01) the “World’s Leading Luxury Train” by some 250 000 travel agents in 181 countries at previous World Travel Awards; the Diners Club International Merit Award for its finest wines for four consecutive years (2005/6/7/8); and an Africa Rail Award for “Best Passenger Rail Operator” received in 2008. Indeed an impressive record of accolades! The Blue Train - A Window To The Soul Of South Africa. Blue Train Contact Information For more info, visit us on: Internet: E-mail: Pretoria: Tel: + 27 12 334-8459 Fax: + 27 12 334-8464 Cape Town: Tel: + 27 21 449-2672 Fax: + 27 21 449-3338

A Blue Train trip up for grabs for Ray Magazine Readers In partnership with The Blue Train, Ray Magazine presents the opportunity for two people to stand a chance to win the luxury train trip of a lifetime. This extravagant trip entails a one way passage to or from Cape Town/Pretoria and return air tickets to your home destination in South Africa (Terms & Conditions apply). Competition Rules: 1. The competition will run over the next 3 issues of Ray Magazine. The Winners will be notified in person and will be announced in the Jul/Aug issue. 2. To qualify please subscribe to Ray Magazine and email the relevant answers to the questions as set out in Jan/Feb, Mar/Apr & May/Jun issues to 3. To view questions,as well as full terms and conditions, please go to

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Betty’s Bay is a picturesque coastal town situated between Kleinmond and Pringle Bay. There are many walks and hikes to take in this area and the famous Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens are situated here as well. There is a Jackass Penguin Colony at Stony Point where one can watch these plucky little birds going about their daily business and also spot whales in the bay. Stony Point lies within the village, just east of Cape Hangklip, and about 90 km by road from Cape Town. The colony falls under the jurisdiction of the Overstrand Municipality. A small committee of interested residents assists the nature conservation officers of the municipality with the monitoring of the colony. The African Penguin colonizes offshore islands and nests on the mainland only at three places in South Africa. The site at Stony Point, Betty’s Bay, is one of the only three land-based colonies and for this reason it is treasured. The first nest was noticed in 1982. The Municipality erected a fence and a viewing platform for the conservation of the penguins. The number of penguins you may see from the viewing platform will depend on time of day. The best viewing times are early morning and evening, particularly from April to June. Penguins can reach speeds of up to 20 km per hour and cruise at 4 - 7 km per hour. They will seek prey at depths of 100 m, but normally dive to about 35 m. Adults stand about 65 cm tall and the females weigh about 3 kg, males about 0,5 kg more. They live 20 - 25 years and eat about 540 gram of sardines, pilchards, squid etc. per day. African Penguins reach sexual maturity between 2 and 4 years of age. They usually mate for life. Penguin pairs will return to and defend their nest each year for as long as 15 years. They breed from February to October. The nest, often a deep burrow, takes some two weeks to complete. The nests are lined with pads of feathers or plant material. The eggs, rather round in shape and about 7 x 6 cm, are pure white when new laid, but stain heavily as time passes. If the eggs are predated, the female often lays again about six weeks later. Parents alternate on the nest. One incubates while the other forages. The eggs hatch after 38 - 41 days and the nestlings, usually two, are fed regurgitated fish by both birds for about 11 weeks. For the first few years, it was possible to walk into the colony and inspect the penguins at close quarters. In spite of this disturbance, the colony grew steadily each year. By 1986, there were about 40 nests. The colony has subsequently grown to about 150 pairs. In spite of the fence, there have been subsequent visits by Leopards; other smaller predators such as the Water Mongoose and

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T R AV EL Large-spotted Genet are also suspected to have taken their toll on the penguins. Where did the penguins that started the Stony Point colony come from? It seems certain, from the results of flipper banding, that most came from the colony at Dyer Island, 60 km farther east. Once penguins start breeding, they are extremely unlikely to switch colonies. So the colonists are most likely to be young penguins from Dyer Island that established themselves at Stony Point as breeding birds. The reasons why they did not do as most penguins do, and return to their natal island, are not clear. It might be due to a decrease in food availability around Dyer Island; it might also be attributable to predation by members of the increasing population of Cape Fur Seals on the neighbouring Geyser Island. The first nests in the colony were in among the rocks at the tip of the Stony Point peninsula. As the colony increased in size, birds started to nest under thick vegetation on an adjacent sandy area. The penguin guano slowly killed these bushes, and birds chose nests sites farther away from the sea. Nowadays, there are substantial numbers of penguin nests outside the fenced off area. These birds are vulnerable to disturbance,

Stony Point lies within the village, just east of Cape Hangklip, and about 90 km by road from Cape Town. The colony falls under the jurisdiction of the Overstrand Municipality. especially from dogs. Plans are being made to increase the size of the protected area. Three of the four local species of marine cormorants, Whitebreasted, Bank and Crowned, were observed breeding. Cape Cormorants are regularly present at Stony Point and mostly breed on the rocky section, near the old “lighthouse”, a relic from whaling days. The old whaling station is about 300 m from the penguin colony, and the walk from the car park to the penguins passes the remains of the old buildings, and also the wreck of the Balena, alongside the old jetty (a launching ramp for ski-boats was built a decade ago, together with a new breakwater). Whaling started here in 1907, when the Southern Cross Whaling Station was established. There were no roads to the area at this time, and the four whalers based here were the only means of transport to and from the whaling station. The company had assorted owners, and whaling finally ceased in 1928, by which time the Southern Right Whale had more or less been hunted to commercial extinction. A history of the first 15 years of the penguin colony was written by Phil Whittington, Jan Hofmeyr and John Cooper, and was published as a scientific paper in the journal Ostrich: Whittington, P.A., Hofmeyr, J.H. & Cooper, J. 1996. Establishment, growth and conservation of a mainland colony of Jackass Penguins Spheniscus demersus at Stony Point, Betty’s Bay, South Africa. Ostrich 67: 144-150. Today, the total population of African Penguins is estimated to be around 170 000 adults and has suffered a decline of 90 % in the past 60 years. The African Penguin is listed as Vulnerable in the Red Data book. Contact E-mail: Web:; •







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At the tip of the Cape Peninsula – 65 km south-west of Cape Town – the rugged rocks and sheer cliffs cut deep into the ocean to split False Bay from the colder waters of the western seaboard. This outcrop of the Table Mountain National Park is called Cape Point. And this is where our adventure begins… Text & Images: Ray Magazine

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T R AV EL The local authority proclaimed the area a nature reserve in 1938 and it was incorporated into the Table Mountain National Park in 1998. It encompasses 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna and its 40 kilometer coastline stretches from Schuster’s Bay in the west to Smitswinkel Bay in the east. The cliffs at the southern point, towering more than 200 meters above the sea, consists of three clearly defined promontories Cape of Good Hope, Cape Maclear and Cape Point. History of human habitation dates back to the early Stone Age, and San hunter-gatherers and Khoi pastoralists lived here. Many middens are found along the coast. 
In 1580, Sir Francis Drake described it as “the most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth.” Lighthouses The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometers, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds. 
Through history, mariners had taken a rather dimmer view of warning beacons around the Point…

A lighthouse was built in 1857 – on Cape Point Peak, 238 meters above sea level. The equipment for the lighthouse had been shipped from England on board the barque Royal Saxon on 30 May 1857. However, because of its high position, clouds and fog often obscured the lighthouse. In fact, for an alarming 900 hours per year on average, its light was invisible to ships at sea at a certain angle. After the Portuguese liner Lusitania ran aground on 18 April 1911, the lighthouse was moved to its present location above Cape Point, only 87 meters above sea level. Work on the site commenced in 1913. Transporting the building material there proved difficult. They had to use cranes, dynamite, trolleys and trucks. The sand was mined from a nearby cave. Labourers carried it in bags up a zig-zag path. Water was also carried about half a mile and then sent down a pipe. The weather also played its part in delaying the project: the men had trouble staying on their feet when the strong South-easter was blowing. The lighthouse was eventually brought into operation after the First World War – on 11 March 1919. The light had a candlepower of 500 000 cd. Electricity was introduced in 1936, which increased the candlepower to 19 000 000 cd.

Portuguese seafarer, was the first to sail around the Cape. This was the year 1488. On his return voyage, which must have been particularly stormy, Dias stopped at the southwestern tip of South Africa, and named it Cabo Tormentoso, or Cape of Storms. King John of Portugal later gave it the name Cabo da Boa Esperança, Cape of Good Hope. Another Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, rounded the Cape on 22 November 1497 on his way to India. The journeys of these explorers led to the establishment of the Cape sea route. This meant more regular sailings around the tip. It also indirectly led to a number of casualties along these unpredictable shores. Today, shipwrecks and stone crosses bears testimony to the treacherous and challenging historic sea route.

Shipwrecks On the night of 18 April 1911, the Lusitania, a ship of 5 500 tons, with 774 people aboard, struck the Bellows Rock below the lighthouse. 

The T Tucker was an American Liberty Ship, built in 1942 and was intended for carrying troops and supplies during World War II. Relying on a faulty compass, she hit a rock in thick fog near Olifantsbos, just off the Point. 

The Phyllisia, 452 ton Cape Town trawler, struck the jagged rocks just 100 m off the rugged coast of the Cape Point Nature Reserve at about midnight on 3 May 1968. Eleven of her crew reached the shore in life rafts, but 14 still remained on the trawler. Two South African Air Force helicopters lifted them from the craft. 

The Nolloth, a 347 ton Dutch trawler, ran aground, surrounded by jagged rocks in rough seas after an unidentified underwater object struck her. It is believed to have been the Albatross Rock.

Situated at the junction of two of the earth’s most contrasting water masses - the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. Geographically, however, the Indian Ocean joins the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Agulhas.

Flying Dutchman Funicular Hop aboard the funicular and you’ll be whisked away on a scenic trip to the view site near the old Cape Point lighthouse. Over time, the means of transport to the view site changed from a diesel bus, named after the “Flying Dutchman” ghost ship, to an environmentally friendly funicular – the only one of its kind

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The funicular has been in use since December 1996. It can transport 600 people per hour at peak periods, with maximum safety and minimum impact on the environment. The funicular travels the same route that the Flying Dutchman bus did years ago, in order not to disturb the natural slopes. Concor Holdings proposed the design for an electrically powered funicular railway. It is unique in design and geometry, and the first commercial funicular railway of its kind in Africa. The entire funicular has been produced from South African resources. 27 different safety features ensure practical and safe operation 24 hours a day. There are two funicular cars, which travel from the parking lot to the view site, just below the lighthouse. Each

Field Mouse, Cape Grey and Water Mongoose, and Cape Clawless Otter. Eight species of antelope are also found here: Bontebok, Eland, Cape Grysbok, Red Hartebeest, Grey Rhebok, Steenbok and Grey Duiker. Klipspringers have been re-established recently after an absence of almost 70 years. The Whales can be spotted from May to November. 
 ·• Flying Dutchman Funicular – This is an adventure for children and adults alike and is recommended for elderly persons who cannot walk the many steps up to the lighthouse. The funicular saves time for visitors on busy itineraries and is wheelchair accessible. 

 • Two Oceans Restaurant 

Opened for breakfast, lunch,

The lighthouse at Cape Point is the most powerful on the South African coast. It has a range of 63 kilometers, and beams out a group of three flashes of 10 million candlepower each, every 30 seconds. can carry 40 passengers, and runs on the 585 m long track, which curves vertically and horizontally. The construction of the funicular was a huge challenge for the engineers, as the original Flying Dutchman had traveled along a single track. Main Attractions: • Game Watching and Whale Watching (in season)

Due to sandy soils, the area is unable to sustain a number of large animals and those that are present are not easily seen. However, there is a wealth of insects, lizards, tortoises (including the Cape Angulate Tortoise), frogs and snakes such as the Puff Adder, Cape Cobra, Mole Snake and Boomslang. Mammals include Cape Mountain Zebra, Chacma Baboon, Rock Hyrax (“dassie”), Genet, Lynx, Striped



afternoons teas, early evening cocktails, the restaurant offers uninterrupted views over False Bay, excellent cuisine and caters for all tastes and budgets. The restaurant also manages the Two Oceans Food shop where you can find anything you need for a picnic or a small bite to eat, and caters for private functions. 
 • Spot the Shipwrecks 

One of the Cape’s most famous legends involves a ship named the Flying Dutchman. In 1680, the vessel foundered whilst rounding the Cape in heavy weather. The captain, Hendrik van der Decken, swore while his ship was sinking, that he would round the Cape if it took him until doomsday. Some believe that he has kept his word, as over the years the Flying Dutchman is said to have been sighted on many occasions. The remains of at least 23

TR AV EL The 20 reasons to visit Cape Point 1. The most southwesterly point of Africa. 2. Angling and diving sites. 3. It’s where the cold Benguela Current on the West coast and the warm Agulhas current on the East coast merge. 4. Situated in the 22,100 hectare Table Mountain National Park, a natural World Heritage Site. 5. One of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249m above sea level. 6. The circumnavigation of the Cape of Good Hope led to the establishment of a sea route to the East and subsequent trade. 7. 26 recorded shipwrecks. 8. Bird watcher’s paradise – at least 250 species.

a treasure trove of 1 100 species of indigenous plants, of which a number are endemic. Two types of fynbos (“fine bush”), coastal fynbos on alkaline sands and inland fynbos on acid soils, are found. Characteristic fynbos plants include proteas, ericas (heath) and restios (reeds). Some of the most striking and well-known members belong to the Proteacae family, of which up to 24 species occur. Many popular horticultural plants like pelargoniums, freesias, daisies, lilies and irises, also have their origins in fynbos. 
 • Curio and souvenirs shops 

There are three different shops to cater for any shopping needs and make sure you leave this remarkable area with the best souvenir for yourself, your family and your home. 

 Fun Adventure to participate in: Tidal pools at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay; Angling and diving sites; Global Atmosphere Watch Station; Hiking Trails; Luxury sleep over accommodations. Cape Point is also a WORLD WEATHER STATION. 
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9. Approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species, some of which occur nowhere else on earth. 10. Variety of buck, baboons and other animals. 11. Swimming at Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools. 12. Numerous scenic walks and trails. 13. Excellent angling and diving spots. 14. Whale and dolphin watching from May to November. 15. Historical monuments including the Diaz and Da Gama crosses. 16. The funicular-scenic trips to the old lighthouse. 17. Up market and family accommodation. 18. The Two Oceans Restaurant offers world-class cuisine and spectacular vistas over False Bay. 19. Three destination retail shops, each with an impressive range of high quality South African curios and Cape Point merchandise. 20. A million points of view. shipwrecks lie along the coastline, only five of which can still be seen - at Olifantsbos, Duikersklip, Hoek van Bobbejaan, Dias Beach and Buffels Bay. The remains of two wrecks near Olifantsbos can be reached from the beach. These are the Thomas T Tucker, which ran aground during World War II and the Nolleth, wrecked in 1965. 
 • Visit the Lighthouses 

“The Point” has not been called the “Cape of Storms” for nothing and has therefore been treated with respect by sailors since Dias first sighted it in 1488. By day, it was a landmark of great navigational value until the introduction of the radar. By night, and in fog, it was a menace. Ships had to approach closely to obtain bearings and thereby were exposed to the dangers of Bellow Rock and Albatross Rock. The original lighthouse still stands on the highest section of the peak and is now used as the centralised monitoring point for all the lighthouses on the coast of South Africa. 
 • Bird Watching 

With its diverse habitats, ranging from rocky mountaintops to beaches and open sea, the Cape of Good Hope is home to at least 250 species of birds. • Bush and nature walks

The Cape of Good Hope is an integral part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, the smallest, but richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. This comprises

African Weather Bureau, together with the Fraunhofer Institute in Garmisch, Germany, maintains a research laboratory at Cape Point to monitor long-term changes in the chemistry of the earth’s atmosphere, which may impact upon climate. 

The laboratory, which was architecturally designed to blend into the western slopes of Cape Point, is one of the World Meteorological Organisations’ 20 Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) stations. It monitors environmentally important air components, including trace gases like ozone, methane and carbon dioxide, as well as solar radiation and various meteorological parameters. The air at Cape Point is regarded as being particularly pure for most of the time, thereby providing insights into such phenomenon as stratospheric ozone depletion and climate change. • Contact Cape Point Info Centre Tel: (+27) (0) 21 780 9010/11 Fax: (+27) (0) 21 780 9203 E-mail: Web: Two Oceans Restaurant Tel: (+27) (0) 21 780 9200 E-mail: Web: The Logo Shop Tel: (+27) (0) 21 780 9066 The Lighthouse 5 Gift Shop Tel: (+27) (0) 21 780 9111 The Parks Shop Tel: (+27) (0) 21 780 9202 • Issue 5 / 2010




Sammy Marks – Grand Olde Colonial Style

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Set somewhat in acres of rolling veld just outside

Pretoria, Zwartkoppies Hall epitomises all the ornate elegance of prosperous colonial households during the latter decades of the last century. The 48 graciously rooms are filled with all the trappings of refined Victorian living exquisite furniture, porcelain, paintings and silver making it a home truly worthy of Sammy Marks’s status as one of the leading industrialists of his day. In 1885 Marks started building his new mansion. According to tradition, he drew the plan himself with a piece of charcoal on a plank. In the early 1890’s a Dutch architect, Willem De Zwaan, redesigned the house into a double story. John Johnstone Kirkness, a Scottish building contractor of Pretoria, executed the additions. By the end of the decade a kitchen wing with servants’ quarters was added as well as an imposing porchbalcony at the southern end of the house. The museum is unique in that it’s the only Victorian mansion in the country whose interior is preserved intact and wholly authentic. This is thanks largely to the foresight of Sammy Marks, who declared in his will that the house with its contents are to be preserved for four generations after the day he dies. What is even more appealing about it is that Zwartkoppies Hill has somehow retained some of the well-worn and relaxed ambience of a family home. It is a gorgeous period piece, soaked in atmosphere and appealingly frayed at the edges, which is hardly surprising when you consider that his descendants occupied the mansion for most the century. Marks and his wife bought furniture and ornaments with them when they returned from England after their wedding. As time passed they added and replaced items, which they either ordered from abroad or

bought while travelling. The result is a mixture of styles. Judging by the few curtains and blinds, which survived, the windows must have been treated to heavy, rich curtains and drapes, typical of the time. Some of the rooms had wall-towall carpets while others were covered with linoleum, of which pieces are to be seen here and there. Towards the turn of the century Marks hired an artisan, an Italian, by all accounts to paint the whole interior according to the then reigning fashion with panels imitating marble and granite and colourful, intricate patterns. Some of the walls were later painted for the second time and eventually they were covered with subsequent layers. The Museum has been working for some time to uncover and restore the original patterns. The high-ceilinged rooms may stand quiet now, but there was a time when the entire house was filled with activity. It was a grand Victorian household in every sense, run by a small group of servants and occupied by several children, Sammy and Bertha, his wife. It is easy to imagine, as you walk from room to room, how the house once was filled with the happy laughter of children, with the clumping of little boots up and down the Burmese teak staircase, the movement of coach wheels on the gravel driveway, and the invisible scurrying of parlour maids as they scrubbed and polished, lugged coal and fetched water. Now you will detect only faint lingering scents of furniture polish and old wood, but a century ago the air in the old house was heavy with the perfume of roses brought in from the garden, mingled with the smell of roasted beef drifting from the kitchen, and cigar smoke coming from the billiard room.... A very impressive home for a man whose origins were so

One of South Africa’s grandest colonial mansions, Zwartkoppies Hall, 23 km outside Pretoria, is now a fascinating museum that pays tribute to the genius of its original owner.

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humble. Born in Lithuania, the son of a tailor, Sammy Marks was blessed with integrity, courage, astonishing business acumen and the capacity for sheer hard work, all qualities that helped him rise, in the period of a few decades, from being a peddler of cheap jewellery to one of the old Transvaal Republic’s leading industrialists. He departed for South Africa in 1868, aged 24. After his stint as a ‘smous’ (peddler) in the Western Cape, he teamed up with his cousin Isaac Lewis, who was to be his lifelong business partner, and went to Kimberley, where they made a modest living selling supplies to mines and diggers, and later branched into diamond trading. After some time they decided to diversify their interests and turned their attention to the Transvaal region, buying concessions and starting a variety of businesses, including a distillery, a canning factory, a glass factory, a brick and tile works, a maize mill and, later an iron-and-steel works that was to be one of the direct precursors of the steel industry in the Transvaal. They mined coal on the banks of the Vaal River, where Vereeniging is now, and gained partial control of the rich Sheba mine in Barberton. At the last few years of the 19th century, the Lewis and Marks Company had emerged as one of the top ten on the Rand, being both millionaires. “If you want something done properly, you have to do it yourself,” was one of Sammy Marks’s favourite expressions, and when the time came to build his own home, he became clerk of works, personally supervising the ordering of materials, which were transported from Durban by ox-wagon. Endowed with the same unflagging energy that had made her husband so successful in business, Bertha managed the house and its staff with great aplomb, still finding time to raise her eight children, indulges her hobbies of keeping chickens, gardening, and entertaining on a lavish scale. Luncheons, dinners, croquet on the lawn as well as tennis and billiards parties were all regular events, and there were often no fewer than 30 guests at a time. Of course, she helped her staff of 14, most of whom (the indoor staff, at least) were engaged through an agency in London. There were parlour maids, kitchen maids, laundry-maids and gardeners, as well as a governess and a cook. Then there was the estate carpenter, Mr. Potts (also known as Daddy Potts), and the English butler, MacCracken, whose task it was to sound the great gong in the hallway just before dinner. The massive stove in the kitchen, with five ovens and 10 hot-plates, bears testimony to the scale on which the Marks’s entertained. Once you have completed your tour, relax for a while over tea and scones. Tables are under the trees and also on the wide trellised verandah that runs the length of the house, affording splendid views of Bertha’s Rose garden. Contact Tel: +27 12 802 1150 Fax: +27 12 802 1292 Email: Web:; •



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Table Mountain Text & Images: Ray Magazine




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Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. It is a significant tourist attraction, with many visitors using the cable way or hiking to the top. The mountain forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. The main feature of Table Mountain is a level plateau approximately 3 kilometres from side to side, surrounded by steep cliffs. The plateau, flanked by Devil’s Peak to the east and by Lion’s Head to the west, forms a dramatic backdrop to Cape Town and its Table Bay harbour, and together with Signal Hill form the natural amphitheatre of the City Bowl. The highest point on Table Mountain is towards the eastern end of the plateau and is marked by Maclear’s Beacon, a stone cairn built in 1865 by Sir Thomas Maclear for trigonometrical survey. It is 1,086 metres (3,563 ft) above sea level, about 19 metres (62 ft) higher than the cable station at the western end of the plateau. The cliffs of the main plateau are split by Platteklip Gorge (“Flat Stone Gorge”), which provides an easy and direct ascent to the summit and was the route taken by António de Saldanha

on the first recorded ascent of the mountain in 1503. The flat top of the mountain is often covered by orographic clouds, formed when a south-easterly wind is directed up the mountain’s slopes into colder air, where the moisture condenses to form the so-called “table cloth” of cloud. Legend attributes this phenomenon to a smoking contest between the Devil and a local pirate called Van Hunks. When the table cloth is seen, it symbolizes the contest. Table Mountain is at the northern end of a sandstone mountain range that forms the spine of the Cape Peninsula. To the south of the main plateau is a lower part of the range called the Back Table. On the Atlantic coast of the peninsula, the range is known as the Twelve Apostles. The range continues southwards to Cape Point. Geology The upper part of the mountain mesa consists of Ordovician quartzitic sandstone, commonly referred to as Table Mountain Sandstone (TMS), which is highly resistant to erosion and forms characteristic steep grey crags. Below the sandstone is a layer of micaceous basal shale, which weathers quite readily and is therefore not readily visible. The basement consists of heavily folded and altered late precambrian Malmesbury shale, which



has been intruded by Cape Granite. The main vegetation of the mountain is the unique and rich Cape fynbos, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region protected areas. These protected areas are a World Heritage Site, and an estimated 2,200 species of plants are found on the mountain alone. Amongst these species are many kinds of proteas. Remnant patches of indigenous forest persist in a few of the wetter ravines but not on the more exposed face above the city, where conditions are too dry and harsh for forests. The mountain has also suffered serious invasions of alien plants for well over a century, with perhaps the worst invader being the cluster pine. Considerable efforts have been made to eliminate these alien plants. Fauna The most common animal on the mountain is the dassie, or rock hyrax. They especially cluster around the upper cable station, near areas where tourists may discard or illegally supply food. There are also porcupines, mongooses, snakes and tortoises. The last lion in the area was shot circa 1802. Leopards persisted on the mountain until perhaps the 1920s but are now extinct locally. Two smaller, secretive, nocturnal carnivores, the rooikat (caracal) and the vaalboskat (also called the vaalkat or African Wild Cat) were once common on the mountain. The rooikat continues to be seen on rare occasions by mountaineers but the status of the vaalboskat is uncertain. Himalayan tahrs, fugitive descendants of tahrs that escaped from Groote Schuur zoo in 1936, used to be common on the less accessible upper parts of the mountain. As an exotic species, they were almost eradicated through a culling programme initiated by the South African National Parks to make way for the reintroduction of indigenous klipspringers. Until recently there were also small numbers of fallow deer of European origin and sambar deer from south east Asia. These were mainly in the Rhodes Memorial area but during the 1960s they could be found as far afield as Signal Hill. The animals may by now have been eliminated or relocated. History Prehistoric people first left evidence here more than 600,000 years ago. Evidence tools of these Early Stone Age hunter-gatherers were found in a depression near the Cape of Good Hope. The Middle Stone Age inhabitants (dating from 200,000 to 40,000 years ago) also left evidence of their life on the Peninsula. Fossils from around 8000 BC indicate that by that period the inhabitants of the region had developed bows and arrows ,which they used to hunt. San (or Bushmen) hunter-gatherers relied on the seashore for most of their food. This resulted in the Dutch naming, Strandlopers (beach combers). About 2000 years ago the Khoikhoi migrated from the north, displacing the San, bringing with them their herds of cattle and sheep. It was the Khoikhoi who were the dominant tribe when the Europeans sailed into Table Bay. António de Saldanha was the first European to land in Table Bay. He climbed the mighty mountain in 1503 and named it ‘Table Mountain’. The great cross that the Portuguese navigator carved in the rock of Lion’s Head is still traceable. In 1796, during the British occupation of the Cape, MajorGeneral Sir James Craig ordered three blockhouses to be built on Table Mountain: the King’s blockhouse, Duke of York blockhouse (later renamed Queen’s blockhouse) and the Prince of Wales blockhouse. Two of these are in ruins today, but the

TR AV EL King’s blockhouse is still in good condition and easily accessible from the Rhodes Memorial. Between 1896 and 1907, five dams, the Woodhead, HelyHutchinson, De Villiers, Alexandria and Victoria reservoirs, were opened on the Back Table to supply Cape Town’s water needs. A ropeway ascending from Camps Bay via Kasteelspoort ravine was used to ferry materials and manpower (the anchor points at the old top station can still be seen). There is a well-preserved steam locomotive from this period housed in the Waterworks Museum at the top of the mountain near the Hely-Hutchinson dam. It had been used to haul materials for the dam across the flat top of the mountain. Cape Town’s water requirements have since far outpaced the capacity of the dams and they are no longer an important part of the water supply. The mountain became part of the new Cape Peninsula National Park in the 1990s. The park was renamed to the Table Mountain National Park in 1998.

– “sea mountain”. The four Table Mountain hiking trails are called the People’s Trail, Table Mountain Trail, Orangekloof Hiking Trail and Top to Tip Trail. Rock climbing Rock climbing on Table Mountain is a very popular pastime. There are well-documented climbing routes of varying degrees of difficulty up the many faces of the mountain. The main climbs are located on cliffs below the upper cable station. No bolting can be done here and only traditional climbing is allowed. Commercial groups also offer abseiling from the upper cable station. Caving Most of the world’s important caves occur in limestone but Table Mountain is unusual in having several large cave systems that have developed in sandstone. The biggest systems are the Wynberg Caves, located on the Back Table, not far from the Jeep Track, in ridges overlooking Orange Kloof and Hout Bay.

Cableway The Table Mountain Cableway takes passengers from the lower cable station on Tafelberg Road, about 302 m above sea level, to the plateau at the top of the mountain. The upper cable station offers views overlooking Cape Town, Table Bay and Robben Island to the north, and the Atlantic seaboard to the west and south.Construction of the cableway was first started in 1926, and the cableway was officially opened in 1929. In 1997, the cableway was extensively upgraded, and new cars were introduced carrying 65 instead of 25 passengers. The new cars give a faster journey to the summit, and rotate through 360 degrees during the ascent or descent, giving a panoramic view over the city. The top cable station offers viewpoints, curio shops, a restaurant and walking trails of various lengths. Activities Hiking Hiking on Table Mountain is popular amongst locals and tourists, and a number of trails of varying difficulty are available. Because of the steep cliffs around the summit, direct ascents from the city side are limited. Platteklip Gorge, a prominent gorge up the centre of the main table, is a popular and straightforward direct ascent to the summit. Par for the course is about 2.5 hours but is done between 1–3 hours depending on one’s fitness level. Longer routes to the summit go via the Back Table, a lower area of Table Mountain to the South of the main plateau. From the Southern Suburbs side, the Nursery Ravine and Skeleton Gorge routes start at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. The route via Skeleton Gorge to Maclears Beacon is known as Smuts Track in memory of Jan Smuts, who was a keen hiker. The Bridle Path, or Jeep Track, makes a more gradual ascent from Constantia Nek along the road used to service the dams on Back Table. There are many other paths in popular walking areas on the lower slopes of the mountain accessed from Constantia Nek, Cecilia Forest, Kirstenbosch, Newlands Forest and Rhodes Memorial. On the Atlantic side, the most popular ascent is Kasteelspoort, a gorge overlooking Camps Bay, while the Pipe Track is a level route popular with walkers. The Hoerikwaggo Trails are four hiking trails on Table Mountain ranging from two to six days, operated by South African National Parks. The original inhabitants of the area, the Khoekhoen and San tribes called Table Mountain Hoerikwaggo

“Mensa” constellation Table Mountain is the only terrestrial feature to give its name to a constellation — Mensa, meaning The Table. The constellation is seen in the Southern Hemisphere, below Orion, around midnight in mid-July. It was named by the French astronomer Nicolas de Lacaille during his stay at the Cape in the mid eighteenth century. Contact Table Mountain Aerial Cableway General Enquiries: Weatherline: +27 21 424 8181 Office Number: +27 21 424 0015 Postal Address: P.O.Box 730, Cape Town, 8000 Catering Information Functions Manager: Taryn Skuce Tel: +27 21 424 0015 Fax: +27 21 423 0402 Web:; • Issue 5 / 2010



my journey to Everest Base Camp Text & Images: Werner Merbold




A couple of months ago my brother mentioned that we must climb up to Everest Base Camp. At the time it sounded like one of those ideas that will soon disappear and I ignored any preparation until it was almost too late (mentally and physically). Luckily I’m most of the time in a positive frame of mind, so when the day arrived for my dad, brother and me to leave, I was ready for this little hiking trip. From the first minute that we arrived in Kathmandu, I knew that this would not be any ordinary holiday. Every sense in my body was challenged. The sounds of people, prayers,

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

traffic and constant hooting. The smell of smoke, dust, food and people. The sight of poor people, overcrowding, temples, gods, ruins and chaos. You even want to wash your hands after touching anything or anyone. There are no traffic rules, cops have no authority, you see

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and experience only poverty, there is constant load shedding, filth, bargaining, total chaos in the cabling, dilapidated buildings, etc. And even with all this third world country qualities, there is something there that will probably bring me back. You see something in the people’s faces and attitudes that say that they are somehow happy, content, and just ok. We flew to Lukla to begin our climb and for those who know my ‘love’ for flying will appreciate that the flight alone was an adventure. Believe it or not, but I actually enjoyed the landing. As you approach, you realize you are either going to make it or you don’t. There is no in-between. What a rush! Even if I did not want to fly, the closest road to Lukla is 6-7 days walk away. You start your trip in as remote a place as possible. The only way back is with that same plane and if it’s snowed it, then you wait. There are no alternatives. From the first minute the size and beauty of the mountains overwhelms you. During the first couple of days you think that words like beautiful, wonderful, amazing etc can still describe it, but you soon realize that there are no words to describe something so majestic. You see grown men standing to one side and silently weeping, not because they are missing home or are tired, but they are overwhelmed by what they see around them.



I will not describe our journey of what we did and experience in detail. It will be different for each person. For me it was hard and every step tiring and gratifying. I know I missed my wife more than I can ever describe, I missed my kids, I missed a toilet, heat washing facilities, communication, my bed etc. We were a great team that walked together. Five from South Africa, including my brother Karl-Heinz and father Günther; Steve from Canada, who became like family within five minutes of joining, three guides (Kabin, Tenzi, Nuro) and our three porters (Teju, Dhani, Lakpa). They all crept into our hearts and became lifelong friends. Without any of them, the journey would have been so much harder, if not impossible, for some. After reaching Base Camp, we went up to Kala Patthar the next day. Standing on the peak at 5550m and looking up at all the majestic mountains towering above you, (Pumo Ri, Lingtren, Khumbutse, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse etc.), you realize how small and insignificant you really are. You realize what some of the legends (Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Reinhold Messner, Peter Habeler and many more) accomplished when you look at the peaks that still towe 3000m above you. Standing in awe with the amazing view of mountain peaks, glaciers,


frozen lakes, snow, rocks, smiling and tired faces and a ton of emotions inside, I knew that I would never forget that moment. Something inside will never be the same again. It was truly a life changing experience. It was only half way down that I questioned what I meant by saying that it was a ‘life changing experience’. I somehow wanted to put it into words and understand what I felt. I am sure that most of it was and will always be an emotional experience, but three things stood out for me. Nature: Having witnessed something truly amazing and seen how every element fits together and interacts with one another. I will never look at nature and the creation in the same way again. People: We are all different from the Nepalese people, yet we are exactly the same. Yet there is something in those people we have lost. Something drew me to them more and more every day. They are humble. They are content, despite having nothing. They help and care about each other. They live in harmony with nature. We in a first world country are creating a larger and larger divide between the poor and us by our actions and our thoughts. Religion: Their dedication to their religion is astounding. They strive to get rid of jealousy, hatred, pride, ignorance, attachments and cravings. I think it was Gandhi that said

something like, “I like your Christ, but I do not like your Christians” and I wonder why we are so unlike Him. I have never felt so many emotions in such a short period of time. Longing for my wife and kids, amazement for the beautiful surroundings, heartache for the poor, apprehension for the unknown, anger about other people’s behaviour, gratitude for God’s protection every step of the journey, excitement in reaching our goals, admiration for my dad’s ability to finish, sadness when we departed and many more… I came to the end of a journey that was truly amazing and that will probably change me forever. I felt that I was walking towards heaven, but it proved to be like my dad always warned me, the road to heaven is difficult and tough. I had the privilege of gazing at Everest with my father and brother beside me and that in its own is a huge privilege. The journey is something I wish every person can experience and I know it is within the power of anybody to accomplish. It is amazing to see the impact one man, Sir Edmund Hilary, had on the people in the mountains by building schools, hospitals and enabling them to be all they can be. I leave you with one of his quotes. “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” • Issue 5 / 2010





Text & Images: Rina Smit

Gordon’s Bay is a unique seaside holiday destination. It is an ideal base for exploring the Fairest Cape. They call it the Heart of the Fairest Cape. There is a warm Mediterranean atmosphere, white sandy beaches and amazing sunsets. You will find first class accommodation and superb restaurants. There are two yacht harbours, breathtaking scenic drives and a fabulous range of sporting activities. Whales are there from August to November and one can do boat-based whale watching and also White Shark cage diving. It is 1 hour from Cape Town; 2 hours from Cape Point; 40 minutes from Cape Town International Airport; 30 minutes from Stellenbosch; 1 hour from Franschoek; 1 hour from Hermanus; 30 minutes from Betty’s Bay the Penguins colony; 30 minutes from the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens; 20 minutes from Somerset Mall Shopping Centre; and several Golf courses 15 to 40 minutes away. • 36









An African

The Palace of The Lost City at Sun City

The Palace of The Lost City at Sun City is nothing short of awe inspiring. Easily mistaken for a fairytale palace it was built with exquisite attention to detail. The Palace of the Lost City in South Africa ranks as one of the world’s most extraordinary hotels. Ancient mosaics tell of legends and splendour. The architecture of the Palace is homage to both art and nature. Seen in its majestic entrance with mosaics, frescoes and hand-painted ceilings, souring columns and eighty feet high frescoed rotunda, to many intricate design accents taken directly from nature and depicting Issue 5 / 2010



LOST CITY South Africa’s wildlife and culture. The Palace is situated on the world famous Sun City Complex and voted one of the top hotels - surely, one of the most extraordinary hotels in the world. Set in the North West Province, 166km north west of Johannesburg, and adjacent to South Africa’s 3rd largest game park - The Pilanesberg National Park. It is 1½ hour’s drive from the major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. Daily and pre-booked shuttle services between Johannesburg International Airport and Sun City are available. It is a fantasy world of incredible jungle, cliff-tumbling gardens, sparkling streams, waterfalls, swimming pools and entertainment areas. One of the world’s best hotels in every regard, it includes the Valley of Waves, the only sub-tropical water adventure park in Africa. Superb cuisine is offered in the Palace’s two top class restaurants. Elegant bars and lounges provide the perfect atmosphere for casual pre and after drinks. The elephant reigns supreme in the crystal court restaurant. It is a most elegant setting for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Piano music



accompanies the evening hours with chamber music during the serving of lavish afternoon teas. Four conference venues are available. Legend has it that an ancient civilisation came here on a pilgrimage from the lands in the North of Africa. They came to build a magnificent palace for their much-revered King. It served as the spiritual centre of their vast empire until an earthquake reduced it to ruins. Now, restored in form and rejuvenated in spirit, The Palace offers far more than mere royal hospitality. THE GRAND POOL AT THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY The Grand Pool at The Palace of the Lost City is a huge swimming pool and is situated outside the main entrance to The Palace of the Lost City and is intricately decorated with mosaics and sculpture. It’s an excellent way to cool off on a hot day in South Africa. The Pool Cocktail and Snack Bar provides light lunches, buffet and snacks in an informal atmosphere. The Pool Cocktail Bar serves exotic cocktails under the cool shade of a pavilion. Both venues are open daily and it’s also perfect for soaking up some of South Africa ‘s sunshine!


LOST CITY Shawu - Imagine African giants with gentle souls In an open courtyard, stands the life-size bronze statue of Shawu. The elephant moved over a large range, which spanned the flat Mopane-covered plains between the Letaba and Shingwedzi rivers. He drifted around slowly with his three-meter long tusks serving as a compass through the African bush. Shawu is one of South Africa‘s magnificent seven elephants. The Magnificent Seven were the seven Kruger National Park elephants with the largest tusks. SOUTH AFRICA ‘S MOST LUXURIOUS ROOMS & SUITES There are no less than 338 rooms including four suites. The King, Royal, African and Desert Suites are available on request. The King Suite at The Palace of the Lost City is the epitome of regal luxury with hand-carved walls, frescoed ceilings and hundreds of custom-designed items. All luxury suites at The Palace of the Lost City feature a sauna and Jacuzzi bath, while the Africa Suite even has an additional Jacuzzi on the balcony. Staying here affords you the opportunity to enjoy life in your very own Palace! All standard rooms at The Palace of the Lost City,

South Africa consist of an entrance foyer, en-suite bathroom, lounge and seating area, amenities include air-conditioning, TV, radio, safe, telephone, minibar and butler station. Guests at the Palace enjoy VIP status, and have access to every single area of the resort. To discover the legend of an ancient palace is within your reach... Contact Telephone numbers Sun City Resort switchboard +27 14 557 1000 The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City +27 14 557 4307 The Cascades Hotel +27 14 557 5840
 The Sun City Hotel Concierge +27 14 557 5110
 The Cabanas Hotel +27 14 557 1580
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country hotel

Text: Adele Minnaar Images: Michael Maherry





The Farm Inn is a privately owned Country Hotel and Conference Centre with 83 rooms and suites on the eastern outskirts of Pretoria, just 20 minutes from Central Pretoria, and 50 minutes from Johannesburg. The Farm Inn is a great getaway, an ideal conference venue or the perfect setting for your wedding. The Farm Inn has that special extra something - a wildlife sanctuary with 23 species including Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. Nestling on a rocky outcrop under the African sun and built of thatch, stone and natural materials, the exclusive Farm Inn exudes an African stone palace atmosphere and is set in park like grounds on a private game sanctuary. Guests may relax in the beautiful ambience of the lounge or bar, for a truly African experience. Both are well appointed and offer a peaceful respite after a long day. Enjoy a sundowner, cocooned in the high, stone walled thatch roof, with the comfort of exquisite furnishings intimately grouped for your requirements. Pedro & Rose Michaletos bought the original property in 1979 to breed Arabian Horses. At that time there was just a single storey thatched house, no road, no power and no telephone. Pedro brought the Palm Trees from the Hellenic Hotel (which Pedro previously owned in Central Pretoria) and

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planted them in Farm Inn soil. His thoughts were “if the trees grow, then we’ll grow.” It took three years for Pedro to get permission to open a small inn, incorporating the original house & converting the stables, which he had built. Disaster hit in 1984 when a major fire destroyed most of the 10-bedroom guesthouse. Reconstruction started immediately and a year later the Farm Inn reopened. 
 The Farm Inn has grown over the years to its current size – the original 21 hectares have been increased to 108 hectares (267 acres). There are now 83 bedrooms, 17 function venues, 2 chapels, 3 boma’s and a “Bosberaad” venue in between the Animal enclosures. The a la carte Restaurant has won numerous prizes. Every Part of the Farm Inn has its own bit of history! There is over 100 staff employed at the Farm Inn, with extra staff brought in for functions. Pedro and Rose have a ‘hands on’ approach and involve themselves in every aspect of the Hotel. Rose ensures that all the housekeeping issues run smoothly whilst Pedro is always available for discussion about the history of the hotel and particularly his passion – the Wildlife Program. Accommodation The Farm Inn country hotel is a spread of thatched complexes & individual buildings, built from natural rock and railway sleepers, combined with beautiful floral prints & solid



wooden furniture. Restful thatch & natural airflow combine to ensure that the rooms are warm in winter & cool in summer. You are spoilt for choice with a variety of luxury Suites, De Luxe Rooms, Standard and Economy. Conference facilities The 17 conference / function rooms vary in size and can be configured into a dining hall for a wedding / function or into a professional environment for a conference. Wildlife
 Pedro, a third generation hotelier, is a member of the Wildlife Trust. He is passionate about all wildlife and is currently involved in a Cheetah building program. At the moment there are 23 species ranging from Lion, leopard, Tiger, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Warthog, Vervet Monkey, Sacred Baboon, Giraffe, Blue Wildebeest, Impala, Springbok, Blesbok, Tortoise and Porcupine at the Private Game Sanctuary. Many of these species can be viewed by going on a game drive with experienced Game Rangers. Contact Reservations / Enquiries 
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THE FEATHERBED Text Debbie Stanley – Marketing Manager – The Featherbed Company Images The Featherbed Company

– An unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon…




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THE FEATHERBED COMPANY in Knysna has been in operation for the past 25 years. The Company endeavours to give visitors to Knysna ‘an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon ‘ The lagoon correctly speaking is really more accurately defined as an estuary. There are five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains meeting with the surge of sea water flowing in from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands – known as the ‘Heads.‘ All the ferry trips run by the Company, whether it be the classic ‘John Benn’ our floating restaurant ; the fun and interactive ‘Old Three Legs’ or the newest addition to the fleet, the luxury ‘Paddle Cruiser’ offer commentary on the history, ecology, bird life and other interesting stories whilst cruising to the Heads.



Knysna is steeped in history, which all started with a demand for timber in the early 1800’s. The wood cutters braved unknown territory seeking out the valuable hardwoods found in the Afro-Montane forests around Knysna, the Stinkwoods and Yellowwoods being the most sought after. The vast forests and unexplored regions at that time were home to many large mammals such as elephants, Cape Buffalo, leopards, some of which were hunted out and other such as elusive leopard, bush pigs, bushbuck and the tiny blue duiker remain in small numbers, in pockets of protected forest. The Norwegian Thesen Family arrived in Knysna in 1870 and were instrumental in transforming the then small settlement into a large town and recognised trading post. They traded in timber and transported goods and passengers between Cape Town, Durban and Knysna with their fleet of Steamships owned by the Thesen Steamship Company. They also owned the island formerly know as Paarden Island which was named Thesen Island. Here a sawmill was built and wood was brought down from the forests to the factory and then loaded onto the ships to be taken to other ports in South Africa and overseas. The Thesen family sold the Island to Barlows in 1971, and it was subsequently sold in the year 2000 to a housing development project, which is what we see today. In 1928 the railway between Knysna and George was completed and this became a faster and safer mode of transport for the timber out of Knysna. This meant that with the decline of ships entering the Knysna harbour, it was de-proclaimed as a harbour in 1954. The ‘Knysna Heads’ are famous, not only for the grand sandstone cliffs, which tower above the entrance but also for the immense danger and many recorded shipwrecks which have occurred over the past 150 years. At first glance from the waters edge or from one of the viewpoints on the eastern or western Heads, one often wonders where the danger lies, but it is regarded as one of the most dangerous ports in the world. One of the first obstacles in the entrance was ‘discovered’ by the ‘Emu’ ship in 1817, when entering through the heads, she struck a submerged rock and subsequently became the first recorded shipwreck in the Heads, the rock was thereafter named Emu rock. There are also two sandbars which stretch across the entrance, deflecting winds and powerful currents which make it a harbour entrance respected by the most experienced skipper. On the western Head we have ‘Featherbed Nature Reserve’


the story of the paddle cruiser

The idea was to bring to Knysna a new upmarket vessel with a difference to add to the Featherbed fleet. The John Benn had for many years been the flagship of our company as a timber vessel offering a classic lagoon cruise. It was felt that before she reaches retirement age that something new, trendy and smart needed to be in place to meet new market trends. This stylish vessel was built to meet larger group sizes as far too often we could not accommodate all those wishing to go on a cruise, and yet be special in some way. The concept of a genuine paddle-driven cruiser would fit the image of yesteryear boating on the lagoon (although Knysna was not known historically for paddle steamers). The boat we planned needed to last and although aluminium would be ideal it proved just too expensive and difficult to fabricate in South Africa. What clinched the fibreglass route was the finding of a mould in Cape Town that had been used for the South African Navy high-speed patrol boats. Two Oceans Marine agreed to tackle the job – this being the biggest vessel they had every built. All passenger carrying vessels require two engines. What sets The Paddle Cruiser aside is that it not only has two engines for the props driving her, but also two additional motors which drive the paddles. All the engines are turbocharged diesels, two Caterpillar 180 HP direct on line driving the propellers and two 70 kVA Caterpillar gensets that provide the electric power for the lighting, kitchen and the paddles. Only one genset is used at any one time – the other ready on standby. Designing and building the paddles was interesting. There is no experience in South Africa on paddle technology. Although the USA has most of the world’s paddle driven vessels they seem to know very little about them. We found the expertise in the UK (which only has one paddle vessel in operation). They gave the specifications for the paddles, horsepower of the motors, rotation speeds and information on the controls that needed to be in place. The equipment was, however, supplied by Megadrive, a German supplier. All this resulted in a clever paddle-propeller combination. A computer links the propellers with the paddles. They can be operated in tandem or separately but never in competition with each other. You can link the paddle motors to the

privately owned by Mr Kobus Smit. Featherbed Nature Reserve is a South African Natural Heritage site and is a pristine piece of paradise close to the ever growing and expanding town of Knysna. It is also home to a unique breeding programme of the rare and endangered Blue Duiker – one of the smallest antelope species in the world. Featherbed is a prime example of the term ECO-TOURISM, where in order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, visitors are permitted to visit the Reserve in a controlled manner. Numbers are limited and access only permitted in the company of one of the Reserve’s specialist guides. Visitors can enjoy a drive onto the Reserve on a 4X4 unimog vehicle with trailers, stopping at magnificent viewpoints on route. The knowledgeable guides will share information on the history of the Reserve, the area and the bygone shipping era. The optional 2,2km guided walk takes you through Milkwood forests, onto the steep sandstone cliffs, through wonderfully aromatic coastal

propellers automatically or by the flick of a switch, bring in paddles only or propellers only. The paddles drive the vessel at about 2 knots (3 km per hour) on their own, while together with the propellers the vessels attains 11 knots. Clay Projects in CT were responsible for the décor. They used cherry and beech wood finishes, used stainless steel and clever lighting to come up with a stunning result. The vessel took 2 years to build – from concept design to launch! Once fully fitted out in Cape Town The Paddle Cruiser had to get to Knysna. This had to be by sea – a steep challenge around the stormy Cape coast. A small tug was hired to assist and we waited for a window of good seas and weather. After several weeks the right conditions allowed the vessel to leave port under tow from Cape Town only to have to seek shelter in Hout Bay for a few more days during a sudden storm. When the trip finally took place it was a long four days before she arrived outside the Knysna Heads. On the way huge swells of 7 m and more were encountered off Cape Agulhas. This was in the same area were the Birkenhead went down – she ironically was also a paddle driven vessel – fortunately history did not repeat itself! The entry through the Knysna Head was another saga with a fleeting period of 20 minutes where conditions were good enough for The Paddle Cruiser to pass through the narrow gap under her own power to take up her proud position as head of the Featherbed fleet in Knysna. She has taken her place as the most luxurious cruiser in Knysna - if not in South Africa. She has recently received 4 Star rating as a dining experience by the Tourism Grading Council. She has on board a chef, maitre-de, waitrons and a fully trained crew. During the day her three decks stand tall above her magnificent surroundings giving breathtaking views of Knysna and the Heads. During the night she is a tower of light that can be seen right across the Knysna basin as she glides quietly over its dark waters. She caters for the discerning passenger. Over and above her normal daily cruises at lunchtime and sunset, the vessel is proving very popular for functions, birthday parties, weddings and unique conferences. Come and turn an evening meal into a special occasion. •

fynbos and into the ancient Khoi Khoi caves. On the coastal walk back, one often sites the resident Black African Oyster Catcher, one of the rarest coastal birds in South Africa. The contrast of the bright red beak and claws against the black feathers is always a wonderful sight. Featherbed derives its name from the bygone sailing days when ships on route to Knysna would spend many weeks, sometimes months at sea, and then when they made it safely through the ‘Heads’ they would drop anchor in the safe, calm bay then known as ‘Bests Cove’ and enjoy their first restful night’s sleep, so the sailors named it Featherbed Bay and so the name has stuck. Contact details: Tel: +27 44 382-1693 Fax: +27 44 382-2373 Email: Website: • Issue 5 / 2010






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GARDEN I NG Image: Rina Smit

a passion

FOR OUTDOORS Most people find a garden a relaxing place, but for the gardener the pleasure is immeasurably increased. Firstly, there is the fun of deciding on a design, then the satisfaction of preparing the ground and planting, followed by the sense of achievement from the careful maintenance that keeps plants looking their best. Basic gardening is not only fulfilling and great fun, but easy to achieve that nobody is excluded. Perhaps even more important is that everyone can garden to their own level and in their own way, investing as much time and money as their own particular circumstances will allow. The key to successful gardening is careful planning so that it meets both your needs and aspirations. A thrill of seeing your first seeds germinate or your first cutting take root is often when the gardening bug really gets a grip on a beginner. Issue 5 / 2010



African rock garden Text & Images: Blue Rain Creations




A rock garden,

also known as a rockery or an African garden, is a type of garden that features extensive use of rocks or stones, along with plants native to rocky or African environments. Rock garden plants tend to be small, both because many of the species are naturally small, and so as not to cover up the rocks. They may be grown in troughs (containers) or in the ground. The plants will usually be types that prefer well-drained soil and less water. The usual form of a rock garden is a pile of rocks, large and small, esthetically arranged, and with small gaps between,

where the plants will be rooted. Some rock gardens incorporate cycads and other indigenous species and are designed and built to look like natural outcrops of bedrock. Stones are aligned to suggest a bedding plane and plants are often used to conceal the joints between the stones. This type of rockery is popular in South Africa, often designed and built by professional landscape architects. The same approach is sometimes used in modern campus or commercial landscaping, but can also be applied in smaller private gardens. Elements of African Rock garden design Whether a rock garden is designed by a professional or an Issue 5 / 2010



amateur, certain principles form the basis of effective garden design, resulting in the creation of gardens to meet the needs, goals and desires of the users or owners of the gardens. Elements of African garden design include the layout of hard landscape, such as paths, walls, water features, sitting areas and decking; as well as the plants themselves, with consideration for their horticultural requirements, their seasonto-season appearance, lifespan, growth habit, size, speed of growth, and combinations with other plants and landscape features. Consideration is also given to the maintenance needs of the garden, including the time or funds available for regular maintenance, which can affect the choices of plants regarding speed of growth, spreading or self-seeding of the plants, whether annual or perennial, and many other characteristics. The most important consideration in African garden design is how the garden will be used, followed closely by the desired stylistic genres, and the way the garden space will connect to the home or other structures in the surrounding areas. All of these considerations are subject to the limitations of the budgetary concerns for the particular project and time. Budget limitations can be addressed by a simpler more basic garden style with fewer plants and less costly hardscape materials, seeds rather than sod for lawns, and plants that grow quickly; alternately, garden owners may choose to create their garden over time, area by area, putting more into each section than



could be handled all at once. Use of Rock Rock gardens don’t need to be large to be effective. Rock itself is the main element, tying everything together visually and contrasting perfectly with the living detail of plants. Some of the best rock gardens mimic natural outcroppings. In most rock gardens, stone makes up 10 to 40 percent of the visible landscape. Rocks should be of different sizes of just one type of stone. When you set rocks in place, arrange their exposed surfaces so they form patterns. The faces of flat-sided rocks should lie in parallel planes; major crevices should be parallel so they resemble natural faults. As for rock plants themselves, there are thousands of perennials and small shrubs to choose from.. Water always adds a natural complement to stone. That’s why many rock gardeners include water features such as streams, waterfalls, ponds, or dish rocks--boulders with bowl-like depressions that collect rainwater. Keep in mind, though, that most rock plants can’t stand too much water, therefore make sure the water is well contained and doesn’t soak the soil. For more information on how to get your African Rock Garden designed visit our website on •


Flowers that bring

joy to the garden Part 1

Text & Images: Rina Smit

FUCHSIAS You can bring grace and beauty to the garden or porch with some glorious fuchsias. Their pendulous blooms hang in profusion for a long flowering period, making them ideal for garden, pot or basket culture. They prefer a cool, semishaded position in the garden. Over the years they have been improved by horticulturists, and today a tremendous range of varieties is available, with varying colours and flower forms.

HYDRANGEAS In cool or temperate climates, hydrangeas are an excellent plant to provide summer colour. They begin blooming in December, and the flower heads can be left on the plant until May or June. By late summer the colours will begin to change to green or rusty shades. These are still very attractive on the plants or they can be picked and used in floral arrangements. Usually hydrangeas are pink or blue, sometimes white, but there are variations to the colouring, depending on soil type.

HIBISCUS In a warm and sunny climate hibiscus is a delight right through summer and into autumn. In cooler climates more care is required. The hibiscus belongs to the malvaceae family, which includes annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees. Most are from tropical areas, but a few are native to temperate regions. There are many evergreen and a few deciduous varieties. The deciduous hibiscus Syracuse (rose of Sharon) is a hardy tree which grows to approximately three meters. The flowers can be white, pink, blue, yellow or purple, single or double. These bloom in spring and summer and while not as spectacular as the evergreen varieties, are still lovely and worthy of a place in the garden. Native to South-East Asia, Chinese hibiscus has entered so much into the traditional culture of Hawaii as well as in Tahiti and Fiji, that it became the national emblem. Koreans have considered rose of Sharon a divine flower since ancient times. Therefore, it was adopted by the government as national flower after Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule in the late 19th century. •




Image: Rina Smit



To eat is human, to eat well is divine. Entertaining must never be exhausting, it must be fun. Fresh, natural ingredients are only a beginning to good food. It helps if you are a good cook, but if you’re not, a sound, reliable recipe is an enormous help. Some are born good cooks, but most get that way with practice. Exceptional cooking starts with exceptional ingredients. Whether with your family or friends, what better way to display your skills than around a friendly table?

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Text & Images: Mariner’s Wharf and Adele Minnaar





Hout Bay, surely

South Africa’s most charming fishing village, is situated along what Sir Francis Drake, more than four centuries ago, described as the most beautiful Cape in the whole wide world. Hout Bay has taken its rightful place as a premier tourist destination, welcoming tens of thousands of visitors a day in season. In no small way, this has been due to the vision and efforts of Stanley Dorman, a fourth generation local of Hout Bay. Virtually single-handedly, after a decade of travel and research to ports of call around the world, he designed and built Mariner’s Wharf, Africa’s first harbourfront emporium, which opened in 1984. Thanks to his initiative, Hout Bay’s

experience, he persevered against huge odds, proving once again that where there is a will, there is a way. Perhaps thirty years building from scratch a company comprising four ageing boats, a lobster quota and no factory into a giant fishing conglomerate honed his skills and experience, standing him in good stead, to invent Mariner’s Wharf, and transform it into the famous attraction it is today for everybody to see and enjoy. Wharfside Grill Restaurant The Wharfside Grill is regarded as one of Africa’s best seafood restaurants, not only for its authentic harbourside

Besides it being the first of its kind, Mariner’s Wharf has notched-up several other South African firsts, including being at the forefront of open-to-the-public-to-see restaurant kitchens fascinating history with the sea has therefore been preserved for posterity and with thousands of maritime artifacts worked into its décor, is a remarkable showcase of the area and its history. Do not miss the incredible Fish Market, the Restaurants, and the myriad of Shops making-up the largest collection of marine artifacts, souvenirs and antiques under one roof anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere. This harbourfront Emporium recently had its 25th birthday celebrations on the 22nd November and will continue to grow under the watchful eyes of Stanley, Pam and sons Garth and Anton as well as their remarkable staff. Besides it being the first of its kind, Mariner’s Wharf has notched-up several other South African firsts, including being at the forefront of open-to-the-public-to-see restaurant kitchens, Saturday afternoon and Sunday off-sales liquor licensing, till point payment scanning, and its specialised nautical theming of products and décor dedicated to the history of the local fishing, shipping and maritime happenings. What is so amazing about Mariner’s Wharf is that against

ambience and spectacular views, but also because the food it serves, the lobsters, the prawns and the appetising sea-fresh dishes such as Fisherman’s Baskets make it well worth a visit! Seating over 350 diners, privacy does not take second place, as there are also six private dining cabins themed to seafaring history and famous ships, such as Queen Mary and those of Union Castle, which frequented the Cape. Open seven days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

great odds it managed to, and still does, draw most of its clientele from the other side of the mountains which cut Hout Bay off from the rest of the Cape Peninsula, making it one of Cape Town’s top ten tourist attractions. Mariner’s Wharf was also the originator of the whacky Republic of Hout Bay concept and its hilarious passports, of which more than half a million have been sold. But it hasn’t been easy, as all along the way Stanley Dorman had to battle red tape and officialdom, whose initial attitude was that fishing harbours are the domain of the fishing industry, not a haven for tourists – and never the twain shall meet. With limited capital, no backers, and no prior retail or restaurant

edge beckoning is a popular option. Mariners Chest – Sea Souvenirs Shells by the thousand, skipper’s caps, beach clothing, hand-made gifts and sea-art curios are on sale here; plus whacky Republic of Hout Bay passports with a boatload of special offers. Many of the items are themed to Hout Bay’s harbourside ambience and exude memories of a wonderful place, nowhere else to be found. Pearls in the Oyster – The Pearl Factory Choose an oyster guaranteed to contain a beautiful pearl inside. Then, if you so wish, watch it set to jewellery of your own choice, from the extensive range on offer.

Wharfette Bistro A bustling outlet serving piping-hot alfresco take-outs on the wharfside, specialty is fish and chips. You can also choose from grilled lobster, prawns, lekkerbekkies, sole, snoek and much more. Enjoy your choice of menu right at the water’s edge while watching the antics of seagulls on the feed or, at certain times of the year, whales on the breed. With the white sands of the beach less than fifty meters away, the lure of a sumptuous seafood picnic on the water’s

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The Shipwreck Shop – Maritime Memorabilia Its nautical artifacts and antiques, books, paintings, brassware, scrimshaw, scripophilly and shipwreck memorabilia are a collector’s dream, and an inspirational source for designers bedecking bars and boardrooms. FISHERMAN’S WHARF MARKET AT MARINER’S WHARF The Fish Market Built around the hull of the Kingfisher, an original 1940’s wooden trawler from the local fleet, this is the flagship precinct of the Wharf and specialises in fresh fish and live lobsters, local and imported seafood. The Oak Smoked Snoek Available direct to the public the smokery faithfully puffs away like in the olden days producing smoked fish and other deli items. In fact its recipe for Oak-Smoked Snoek has been handed down from one generation of Dormans to the next since the nineteenth century, and the only other place it is sold is Cape Town Airport domestic departures. Wine & Liquor Locker Built into the hull of the Kingfisher, a discerning range of estate wine, beer and liqueurs are offered. A must is the Wharf’s own wine in a fish-shaped bottle, a truly wonderful souvenir or gift. Sushi at The Wharf Only the freshest product is used, as evidenced by this enticing counter having been positioned right alongside where the fish is actually filleted and sold. What’s for lunch? Ray visited the Wharfside Grill Restaurant at Mariner’s Wharf with a French Huguenot tourist group. They enjoyed themselves thoroughly and will definitely put this restaurant and Hout Bay on their list for future journeys to the fair Cape and its awesome surroundings. It was love at first bite for Robert with his choice of the Asian Voyage - A prawn and chicken curry, to enjoy without the



humidity prevalent in those exotic far-distant islands. His wife Cynthia chose the Chargrilled Game Fish, in this case the Yellow Tuna – it is for the health conscious, served with pesto potatoes, spinach, tiny tomatoes and the sweetest chili sauces. Monique settled for liquid cargo in her choice of the Prawn and Chilli Soup - A hot, and superb cream-based soup. Her husband Paul was blown away by the pure size of the mussels in his Mussels Mariniére, a mountain of mussels in a cream and garlic mariniére. He explained to us, in between mouthfuls, that mussels are half the size in France. André had the Fisherman’s Basket, a boatload of calamari, prawns, mussels and fish as well as lobster, specially created for the hungry mariner. Rina absolutely enjoyed her choice of Rump steak. It was a melt in your mouth experience. By far the best she savoured in a long time. Leon‘s choice of Ocean Fiesta, line fish beautifully basted with honey and wholegrain mustard, over a seabed of sautéed potatoes was a sure winner and thoroughly enjoyed. Review We had a wonderful experience enjoying lunch in these tranquil surroundings, while watching the local children frolicking in the waves, using pieces of driftwood for floats. In a nutshell, this is excellent service and exquisite cuisine at its best. Rustic décor, original ideas and nautical products dramatically encapsulate the tang of the local scene and seashanty music pervades the air. This is authentic harbourside ambience at its best. If you are celebrating a special occasion or need to bring a tour or conference, this is in a league of its own; a place where the famous and locals, jetsetters and tourists rub shoulders with venerable fishing captains and old salts. Contact Details: Address: Hout Bay Harbour, 7806, Cape, South Africa 
 Telephone:(+27) 21 790 1100 Facsmile:(+27) 21 790 7777
 Website: •


LG ‘Life tastes good’ competition –

Cuisine of light

LG Electronics South Africa (LG) celebrated its recent wins at the grand final of LG’s international cooking competition, ‘Life Tastes Good Championship’, held in Bangkok. The cooking championship, which saw 27 of the world’s best novice chefs from 16 countries test their cooking skills against each other for the grand title, was themed to showcase the unique features of LG’s innovative SolarDOM Oven. The winners of the competition, Jaco Dreyer and Evgeni Omeltchenko, share their culinary skills with our readers and prepare the dish that secured them the winning title. Text & Images: Ray Magazine

Endorsed by prestigious institutions, like the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) and Le Cordon Bleu, the 2009 competition drew teams of finalists from Turkey, the Arab Emirates, Iran, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of South Africa, Spain, France and Italy.



Contestants were judged on cooking technique and skills, utilization of LG cooking appliances, health-consciousness, taste and overall presentation. After the event, contestants were treated to a tour of Dubai. LG plans to make this an annual cooking competition with differing themes, proving the company’s commitment to

F O OD delivering innovative and stylish home appliances to cooking enthusiasts around the world. Ray Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Evgeni and Jaco on their achievement – Congratulations guys, this is such an accomplishment! Give us more background. When did you know you wanted to follow this career path? Evgeni: “After school I enrolled at Tuks to study Hotel Industry and Hospitality Management. After six months I changed to a college and obtained a professional cookery and culinary diploma over a two–year period. I needed a more intense and practical approach to cooking…” Jaco: “ At school I’ve taken Home Economics and endured labeling with names like; ‘pudding mechanic’ thrown my way. All this didn’t put a lid on my enthusiasm and love for the culinary game.” Who’s work do you admire in this industry and why? Evgeni: “Ferran Adria. He is the famed head chef of the El Bulli restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava. Today he is considered one of the best chefs in the world and tops the European Restaurant Ranking. Adrià is often associated with “molecular gastronomy.” His stated goal is to “provide unexpected contrasts of flavour, temperature and texture. The idea is to provoke, surprise and delight the diner.” This is also combined with a large dose of irony and a sense of humour, making his dishes highly épatants (impressive). As he likes to

say, “the ideal customer doesn’t come to El Bulli to eat but to have an experience.” Jaco: Gordon Ramsay is a chef, television personality and restaurateur. He has been awarded a total of 16 Michelin Stars. Ramsay is known for presenting TV programmes about competitive cookery and food, such as Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. A great deal of his knowledge and expertise goes towards training and educating chefs.” What has the whole LG experience taught you? Evgeni: “ How to function under intense pressure and still be creative.” Jaco: “Never doubt your abilities. Believe in yourself.” Any hobbies? Evgeni: “ Rock-climbing, fishing.” Jaco: “ Motorbikes. On my wish list is a Honda CBR600RR Fireblade.” What’s your future plans? Evgeni: “We are open for business opportunities. At the moment we are providing a culinary experience called Dine In, where we cater for client specific needs. No matter how big or small your function, we have a tailor-made culinary concept to fit your budget and transform your event/ party/ function from ordinary to extraordinary.” Your contact details: Evgeni: Tel: +27 72 650 1716 Jaco: +27 71 421 1484

What’s for lunch? Starter: Avocado Ritz Reinvented Makes 2-4 Ingredients: • 1 Large Avocado For the Shrimp Cocktail: • 250g Shrimp or Prawns (cleaned and de veined) • Juice of 1 lemon • 100 ml dry white wine • Water as needed • 1 bay leaf • 5 whole pepper corns • 40 ml Mayonnaise • 10 ml Wholegrain Mustard • Salt and Pepper to taste For the Sweet Chilli Relish: • 50g Finely sliced cherry tomatoes • 50g Finely sliced spring onion • 70 ml Sweet chilli sauce Method: • Place the shrimp or prawns in a pot and cover with water. Add the wine, ¾ of the lemon juice, bay leaf and peppercorns. • Place on the heat. If you are using cooked shrimp then bring to the boil, cook for 2 minutes and strain. If using raw prawns cook for 10 minutes then strain. • Let the shrimp/prawns cool. • Place the shrimp/prawns in a bowl and add the mayonnaise and mustard. Season to taste. • Mix all the ingredients of the relish in a bowl and place in the fridge. Do this a few hours before you make the meal. This

will allow the flavours to develop. • Take the avocado and cut it in half. Take out the stone and peel it. • Slice the avocado halves width wise in 1 cm thick slices. You should have half circles. • Now take a pipe mold and place it in the middle of your serving plate. Stack three rings or layers of avocado at the base of the mold, seasoning lightly between. • Spoon the cocktail onto the avocado base and compress it lightly with a tablespoon. • Gently lift the mold, use a spoon to keep the contents on the plate while removing the mold. • Generously drizzle the relish along the rim of the plate. Issue 5 / 2010


F O OD blanched o 2 tbl spoon olive oil o 2 tbl spoon butter o Salt and coarse black pepper o Chopped parsley Method: o Heat up the oil and butter in a pan and fry the carrots until slightly browned and place in the LG Solar Dom. o Add parsley and toss through. o Put to one side.

Main: Saddle of lamb in spiced pastry topped with gremolata and accompanied by a pomegranate and port jus, served on a bed of baby carrots and accompanied by a pea-and-mint couscous as well as a cauliflower and potato puree. For the Loin Ingredients: o 2 loins of lamb o 1 packet Filo pastry o 60g portebellini mushrooms o 2 tbl spoon butter o 80 ml olive oil o 15 g cinnamon o 4g nutmeg o 5g ground cloves o 60g poppy seeds o salt and pepper to taste Method: o Braise the mushrooms in butter and season. o Brown the lamb in the olive oil, cook until nearly done, and season with the cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, and cloves. o Let the meat cool. o Brush the pastry with melted butter, using three layers, one on top of the other. Wrap the meat with the mushrooms then with the pastry. Place the meat into the LG Solar Dom at 200ËšC for 5 minutes to brown the pastry. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter, then roll in the poppy seeds. Cut the loin into thick slices. For the red wine and cranberry and port jus: Ingredients: o 2 teaspoons Bistro o 100 ml cranberry juice o 100 ml red wine o 1 clove of garlic o Thyme: o Reduce the cranberry juice by half in a pot. o Add the red wine. Reduce by half again (or until thickened, use corn flour if necessary). Add other ingredients. o Season with salt and reserve. For the baby carrots: Ingredients: o 150g Baby carrots, peeled, cut in half lengthwise and



For the pea and vanilla couscous: Ingredients: o 150g couscous o 30g frozen peas o 30g parsley o ½ vanilla pod o salt and pepper to taste Method: o Boil the peas until cooked. Strain. Mash roughly o Blanch the parsley until soft, then strain and blend with some of the water o Mix the pea mixture and the mint juice into the couscous and set aside until the couscous absorbs all the water and turns a green colour. o Add the vanilla seeds. For the cauliflower and potato puree: Ingredients: o 60g cauliflower o 40g potato o 2 t spoons butter o 4 tbl spoon cream o salt and pepper to taste Method: o Boil cauliflower until soft. Boil potatoes until done. o Place cauliflower and cream in a blender and blend until finely blended; add water if necessary. Mash potatoes and put to one side. Mix the cauliflower puree and the potato mash. Heat, mix in butter. Season and hold. For the gremolata: Ingredients: o 1 whole lemon o 5g parsley o 5g garlic o Olive oil Method: o Make small julienne out of the lemon zest. o Squeeze out the lemon juice. o Chop the parsley. o Chop the garlic. o Mix all the ingredients. o Season to taste. TO ASSEMBLE: On a square plate, make a square mold of couscous and place the baby carrots on top. On top of the carrot place 3 slices of the lamb loin, and top it with a drizzle of gremolata. On the left side drizzle, generously, the jus, on the right side make 3 medium sized quenelles of the cauliflower and potato puree.

F O OD DESSERT: A Dessert Degustation o Gooseberry and vanilla crème brule o Chocolate Fondant with a mixed berry Chantilly cream o And red wine infused baby pear mat

For the gooseberry crème brulee: Ingredients (makes 10-15): o 3 eggs o 3 yolks o 1L cream o 120g castor sugar o 1 vanilla pod, deseeded o 1 tin Goldcrest golden cape gooseberries o 10g castor sugar o 50g Isomalt for garnish Method: o Place the cream, sugar and vanilla in a pot and bring to the boil. o Meanwhile whisk the eggs and the yolks together. o Temper the cream into the eggs, while straining. o Strain again. o Place 4 gooseberries in a small bowl and cover with the mixture. o Place the bowl in a water bath in a 100˚C oven and bake until set. o Take the brulee out and let cool. o Using a blow torch, make a caramel crust over the brulee with the castor sugar. o Melt the isomalt. Over a cutting board holder make spun sugar with a fork. o Place the sugar work onto the brulee. For the Chocolate fondant with mixed berry Chantilly cream: Fondant: Ingredients (makes 10-15): o 140g dark chocolate o 140g butter o 3 eggs o 3 yolks o 85g castor sugar o 45g flour Method: o Melt the butter and chocolate on a double boiler. o Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, yolks and castor sugar until the mixture becomes lighter in colour. o Mix the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until well

incorporated. o Fold in the flour. o Place some of the mixture into a double shooter glass. o Bake in the oven until cooked on the outside, but raw on the inside – 3-5 minutes. Mixed Berry Chantilly Cream: Ingredients: o 50ml cream o 5g castor sugar o ½ vanilla pod seeded o 20g Goldcrest Fruits of the Forrest Method: o Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. o Fold in the fruits of the forest. o Reserve For the red wine infused baby pear: Ingredients: o 1 tin baby pears o Red wine as required o ½ vanilla pod o ½ cinnamon stick o 1 t spoon cloves o ½ t spoon ground nutmeg o 40 g castor sugar o ½ t spoon whole black pepper corns o 1.5 gelatin leaves Method: o Strain the pears and discard the liquid. o Place the pears in a pot with the wine and all other aromatic ingredients. o Boil the pears in the wine until the pears become a dark maroon purple color and the wine becomes syrup. o Let the pears cool and place in the fridge until you plate. TO ASSEMBLE On a long plate, place the one or two baby pears on the one side, cut off the bottoms so they can stand up right. Place the crème brulee in the middle with the sugar work on top. Put the fondant on the other side with a quenelle of the berry Chantilly cream. • Issue 5 / 2010





LIFEST YLE , ART S & C ULT U RE Image: Rina Smit

Image: Rina Smit

of rules

THE POWER Despite humans being creatures of habit, our behaviour often seems to be a response to the rules of the environment within which we operate. Today’s artists use their paints in such varied ways that it is often hard to believe that the same medium has been used. Some apply paint thickly with a knife, building it up on the surface of the canvas until it resembles a piece of relief sculpture. Others apply it in thin, transparent washes. One can learn a lot by trial and error, but it saves time and frustration to know the “language” of painting. Ultimately, each artist must find his or her own means of expression through paint, but knowledge of what is possible in terms of technique makes the task much easier. Issue 5 / 2010



Moreira chonguica – Citizen of the world

Multi-award winning

Moreira Chonguica is a celebrated Cape Town based musician, originally from Mozambique. 

Moreira located to Cape Town to further his music studies where he graduated from the University of Cape Town’s South African College of Music with a degree in jazz performance and an honours degree in Ethnomusicology (cum laude) in 2000. 

He is a prolific researcher and is fascinated by traditional music from different parts of the world. Some examples of samples that he has collected can be found in his latest album THE MOREIRA PROJECT VOL 2 CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. The album features some of the finest talents in the industry all of whom have contributed and added their unique sounds and passion to create an exceptional product. We take a look into his world… What has been going on in the world of Moreira Chonguica lately? “I have been travelling to Maputo a lot this year for business interests. I must admit it’s been a very exciting year. I haven’t performed as much as I would’ve liked to, but I’ve been forging business ties in Brazil, Angola and Maputo, which will give me



financial freedom to be more involved in music in 2010.” Tell us more about your background? Are you close to your family? “I was schooled in Maputo; my Mum, Dad and Grandparents live in Maputo and my two younger brothers are both in South Africa. I came to South Africa to attend the University of Cape Town (UCT) to study music in 1995. Family is extremely important to me. I was named after my late paternal Grandfather. We were very close.” At what age did you know for sure you wanted to pursue music as a full-time career? What events led to this decision? “I was 7 years old when my parents enrolled me into music school; however I was more interested in playing soccer, so while my parents were paying I was skipping music school. During my secondary education, I decided to return to the music school. As an adolescent, I played in a number of bands in Maputo. After completing Grade 12, I considered studying International Law but music got the better of me and I then enrolled at UCT as there were a number of Mozambicans who attended the


Text: Samuel Smith Images: MoreStar Entertainment (Pty) Ltd

University and it’s close to the sea as Maputo is.” Are there any other artists in your family? “I am the only professional musician in my family. My Dad and Uncle are great music lovers and are both able to play an instrument. Music has always been a big part of our family gatherings.” Who had the biggest influence in your career by far? “My teachers at the music school in Maputo as well as my ethnomusicology teacher at UCT inspired me tremendously. In addition, I feel very blessed to have met some amazing people in my professional career who have influenced my life enormously.” You have played all over the world. What’s been your favourite destination or venue to perform at? “There have been so many; it’s difficult to single out an exact location. I must admit that my favourites are Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, Lugano Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Sauti za Busara in Zanzibar.” Your most memorable performance so far is...? “All my shows are memorable for many different reasons.

Sometimes it’s the audience, sometimes it’s the act who performed before or after me, sometimes it’s the musicianship of the guys on stage with me.“ Your biggest career accomplishment is? “So far it must be my decision to go solo and the release of my debut album ‘The Moreira Project Volume I’ in 2005.” Describe the feeling and emotions you experience while playing jazz “To be honest, when I play I tend to be in a trance. I concentrate on what is taking place at the moment on the stage with the music, the band and the audience. The emotions and feelings hit me as I come off stage. It takes me a while to ‘come down’ after a show.” How many musical instruments are you able to play? “Alto and soprano saxophone, as well as the sopranino and the keyboards.” How did you become an ethnomusicologist? “After completing my jazz degree, I decided to learn more about the role and the importance of music in society and I then went on to complete my honours degree in ethnomusicology.” Issue 5 / 2010


L I FEST Y LE, ART S & C ULTUR E Artists in your music genre you admire? “Wow, there are so many! Miles Davis, Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Najee, Manu Dibango, Omar Sosa. There are so many great jazz musicians around and I haven’t even begun on the Asians or the Brazilians…” What is your songwriting process like? “I write spontaneously when the mood takes me, which usually occurs in the evening or in the early hours of the morning like 3 am!” What qualities do you appreciate in our human race? “Respect - but I don’t see it very often.” You are involved with a lot of charity and upliftment work. Tell us more about this “When I’m in Maputo I spend a lot of time with my old music school Escola Nacionale de Musica. I conduct workshops with the students and try to have them perform with me as much as

either go browsing around a music store, wander around a shopping mall or just relax and watch a movie.” What is still on your wish list of things to do in future? “As I am only 32 years old, I have achieved so many of my earlier wishes that I now would like to tour a lot and collaborate with the world’s best.” Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? “Producing for artists all over the world.” Please share some of your most valuable lessons learnt in Life “Be positive. There is no room for negativity. Be organised and disciplined in your daily lives. Lastly, be passionate about everything you do and don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched!” If you could take a year’s break, what would you love to do in that time period? “I would travel to remote areas of the world.” Please give talented individuals considering music as a full-time career any solid advice. “Think very carefully about whether you can support yourself and possibly a family one day on a musician’s income. The music industry in South Africa is very tough and small. Be calculative and try to remain unemotional.” Tell us 5 things people don’t normally know about you. “I am organised, domesticated and conservative. I like my own company and I am moody!” Give us more detail about your band and band members. “I choose my band according to the occasion; however there is a core of musicians that I always contact first. They have become good and supportive friends of mine and they are superb musicians.” You are about to depart to Brazil. Is it work or pleasure? “Work is my pleasure! I will do both in Brazil. It’s hard not to in such a beautiful place.” What can your avid fan base expect from you in 2010? “I want to play more live performances in 2010.“ • Contact: For bookings please contact: Artist Management -
Lesley Wells at MoreStar Entertainment. Phone: +27 (021) 438 4239
Email: Press and Media enquiries - Bronwyn at The P.R Team Phone: + 27 (0) 21 419 2390/1
Email: Favourites: Movies – Anything animated, mafia movies like Scarface.

possible in order to provide them with exposure to performing. For example, I was asked to write a song by the United Nations Aids Programme in Mozambique and perform it for the President of Mozambique on World Aids Day. I then invited the children to sing with me.” “When I’m in Cape Town, I try and allocate time to the Xulon Music Technicon run by Camillo Lombard and Ezra Delport. I love what they are doing for young people who can’t afford to attend University. It is such a practical course.” What’s playing in your pod at the moment? “Richard Bono and Omar Sosa.” What would you do if you had a day off in your hectic schedule? “In every 24 hours, I work and play, so I guess I would just do what I normally do. When I have a few hours to spare, I would



Actors – Denzel Washington, John Travolta, Laurence Fishburne, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro. Actress – Whoopi Goldberg, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Angela Bassett. Destinations – Zanzibar, Rio de Janeiro. Food – Anything Mediterranean, Brazilian, Mozambican Prawns. Cultures – A culture that has respect for itself such as the African culture. Books – I adore reading. I have many favourite books and I especially enjoy reading challenging ones. One of my favourites is The Astonishing Power of Positive Feelings. Your pet hates? “People who talk too much about things they don’t know about and interfering people.” Your pet likes? “Genuine people, ice cream, great music.”


Issue 5 / 2010


L I FEST Y LE, ART S & C ULTUR E Text: Adele Minnaar Images: Michael Maherry




Liezel van der westhuizen – Zest for life

This lady needs no introduction to an adorning

South African audience. She may have been a new face for Season 5 of M-NET Idols and only the second woman in the world to present Idols, but Liezel van der Westhuizen has only been working in the home-grown entertainment industry for 2 years, starting out on TV as an SABC 3 continuity presenter as well as the presenter of SABC 3’s live lunchtime talk show, Lunchbox. Her ability to reach audiences with her finely tuned, warm and hugely likeable presenting skills and velvety voice earned her a strong following amongst the province’s radio listeners. “I began my radio life at Tuks FM and was well and truly hooked on the joys of being able to use media to connect with people,” she says. What ultimately drive Liezel to push on each day are new challenges and over the years she’s earned a reputation as an MC of note. That said, with her heavyweight media background, keen intelligence, easy manner with audiences and cover-girl looks as well as the way she approach each challenge with an unmistakable zest for life, it’s surely not going to be long before Liezel becomes a household name. Ray met this down to earth bubbly personality at our fashion shoot and seized the opportunity to ask her about her plans for the future… Give us a bit more background, how did you get involved in this industry? “I studied at the University of PTA where I obtained degrees in: BCOMHuman Resources Management; Honours in Communication Management and a Masters in Communication Management; whilst studying at Tuks, I worked at Tuks FM as Music Manager; from there I was offered a PR Position at EMI Music and whilst working at EMI, I worked on weekends as an announcer at Makro, that’s where Lloyd Madurai, the programme manager at Jacaranda heard me and asked me to audition for Jacaranda 94.2. I got the job as presenter. One day whilst on a publicity shoot for Jacaranda, an agent approached me and asked if I was interested in modeling and TV presenting. This opened the door to Continuity presenting on SABC 3.” What is the best career moves you’ve made so far? “Presenting Idols, definitely.” What excites you about this industry? Why did you choose this career option? “I love that each day in the industry brings about a new experience. I didn’t choose this career, it chose me,” she says with a mischievous twinkle in her eyes. You are only the second woman in the world to present Idols. What has the experience taught you? “That South Africa is very open to accepting female presenters.” Valuable lessons learnt in this industry you’d like to share with your fan base.

“Always believe in yourself and keep trying.” Can you recall any specific moment in your career where you actually realized you’ve made it in this tough industry? “I don’t think I’ve made it yet.” What were you doing before representing Idols? “I was a Continuity Presenter on SABC 3 and I was a presenter on LUNCHBOX on SABC 3.” How do you handle all the fame and attention? “My family keeps me very grounded.” What’s happening in the world of Liezel van der Westhuizen lately? ”I’m currently training to compete in Ironman in PE in April. It’s a grueling event that comprises of 3.8km swim; 180km cycle and 42km run.” Tell us more about your Barefoot Diva project and the Barefoot Boot Camps Workshops you present. “I’m hosting a series of workshops in January, February and March 2010. They are called the “Barefoot Boot Camps” and are 2-day workshops, where I will be sharing my experiences, knowhow and secrets with the lucky classes. They will be hosted on Saturdays and Sundays between 9am and 3pm at the “Barefoot Barn” in Lammermoor, about 10 minutes away from Fourways mall. I’m covering 4 different topics, TV Presenting, Radio Presenting, Motivational Speaking and Modeling.” How can the public participate or book for these events? Your favourites: Holiday destination in South Africa and abroad: In South Africa – Port Alfred and Abroad - Malaysia Style Icons: Sienna Miller Designers: Simon Rademan; David Tlale and Thula Sindi Beauty Products: Dermalogica Perfumes: Davidoff - Cool Waters and Angel – Thierry Mugler Books: Joel Osteen - Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day Movies: Faith Like Potatoes Music: What’s playing in your pod right now? Two of my favourite bands; Breaking Benjamin and 315 Actor: Johnny Depp Actress: Hilary Swank Pet hates: People who litter Pet Likes: People who are giving Issue 5 / 2010



“The public can go to my website to book or they can contact Susan on 0724039039.” Charity work is also very close to your heart. You aim to make a difference. How are you involved in upliftment issues? What charities do you support? “I wanted to be involved with a charity where I can make a difference. I heard about Abraham Kriel Children’s home school leavers programme and what they do for their learners and the various activities that are involved. I noticed they needed a communications and confidence building workshop in their programme, so I put one together and approached Abraham Kriel to present it. I have been involved with this project at Abrahm Kriel for the past 2 years and before that I was involved through Toastmasters at Kumba Resources Bridging school.” You always look so immaculately groomed on television. Are there any style tips you’d like to share with the readers? “Learn how to play down your flaws and make the most of your assets. Become a smart shopper by asking yourself a few key questions regarding what suits you before you shop and plan what to buy in advance.” Share your beauty routine with us “One thing my mom always taught me is to remove your make-up before you go to bed. I follow a cleanse, tone and moisturize routine and I always wear sun block.” You change your hairstyle often. What hair stylist comes highly recommended by you? “David Gilson from Carlton.” You do such a variety of things in the entertainment industry, like... What’s your absolute favourite? “TV Presenting is my favourite.” Tips to succeed for novices in this industry are...? “Don’t give up! Follow your dreams.” Who inspires you and why? “My mom is my inspiration because she stands firm in her faith.” Tell us more about your participation in Troisport Joburg City Triathlon series. What exercise routines do you still follow to be able to participate in this? “A triathlon is a multi-sport endurance event consisting of swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed “transitions” between the individual swim, bike, and run components Triathlon races vary in distance. The main international race distances are Sprint distance (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run), Olympic distance (1.5km swim, 40km ride, 10km run), Half Ironman distance (1.9km swim, 90km ride, 21.1km run), and Ironman triathlon distance (3.8km swim, 180km ride, 42.2km run). For the Troisport JHB City Triathlon series, I am competing in the Olympic triathlon distance.” Looking fab is key in this industry. Has regular exercises always been part of your life? “Yes.” How important is staying fit and looking after your health and appearance to you? “As a sports person it is important to keep fit and look after my health.” What qualities do you admire in women? “Women have a variety of great qualities. One that I admire



is that women are emotionally strong. Do you have any role models? People that inspire and motivate you? “Internationally, I am inspired by the father and son team of Dick and Rick Hoyt. Team Hoyt is a father (Dick ) and son (Rick ) from Massachusetts who compete together in marathons, triathlons, and other athletic endeavors. Rick has cerebral palsy, caused by a lack of oxygen at birth, because his umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck. Dick pulls his son Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat up front as they bike, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run. And locally I am inspired by a father and son team from Johannesburg, Kevin and Nicholas Garwood, who despite the fact that Nicholas has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy with spasticity and is therefore severely physically challenged, they too compete in various triathlons around South Africa.” You have such a hectic schedule. How do you unwind if time permits? “I enjoy reading and playing golf.” Family is very important to you. Tell us more about yours. “My family is my biggest support; we spend a lot of time together doing various things from hiking to family holidays together. It is a blessing to have a huge supportive family like mine.” Have you got a motto you live by? I live by George Reeves words “You can if you think you can.” Give us your views on marriage and a family Do you think one can have it all? Career and family? “I believe with the right balance, you can have family and a career.” Tell us more about your new exciting show on MNet, Sound Check Live. “SOUNDCHECK LIVE is the first Live HD Show on Mnet and Mnet HD. Viewers get a chance to choose their favorite music videos and send shout outsouts. To send a ‘shout out’ or request a favourite music video, call 089 110 4747 or SMS to 34089.” Where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time? “I see myself as being successful in all the ventures to come.” Any other plans for 2010 the readers can look forward to? What is still on your career wish list? “2010 is a very busy year for me with another big TV Show launching, which is any presenters dream.” Your new website looks fabulous. Can they contact you directly via your site for bookings or enquiries: “Yes, you can contact me directly on my website”• 5 Things people don’t know about Liezel… 1. I shaved off all my hair when my gran was diagnosed with cancer. 2. I never missed a day of school in 12 years. 3. I compete professionally as a triathlete for the Nestle Pure Life Bar One Team. 4. I own 10 pairs of Asics running shoes. 5. I can cook. You’d never leave home without… my Blackberry


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Bruce marchiano

The Actor, the Man and the Servant... Text: Zelna Perez Image: Bruce Marchiano Ministries




Bruce Marchiano walked through the gate at

Cape Town International Airport, and as a girl who needs her big suitcase for just a weekend I was surprised at how lightly he travelled. One small backpack for three weeks! As we chatted I discovered a man firmly rooted in Christ with little need of external security – especially not in lots of luggage... As Bruce worked his way through a sandwich, chips and icecream (he doesn’t eat airline food), I saw a man with a lovely sense of humour, who has no illusions about himself. He is simply a man walking in the opportunities God has given him and thankful for every one of them. Bruce openly admits that he has made mistakes, but relies on God’s promise to redeem those mistakes and work everything together for good. Bruce comes across as a person who prefers to focus on his ministry and his walk with God rather than on his personal life. Bruce, of course, is well-known for his portrayal of Jesus in the movie “The Gospel according to Matthew”, and I had heard that making the movie had dramatically impacted his life. He confirmed that by the time they had shot the last scene, he was no longer the same man. Amazingly the shooting of the Gospel according to Matthew took only 11-12 weeks which Bruce, as an experienced actor, initially considered impossible. The Director, Reghardt Van Den Berg, kept on saying that was all the time they needed, and sure enough that is what happened. The Lord was actively doing miracles every day while they were busy filming. This whole experience resulted in a deep friendship with Reghardt, whom Bruce thinks of as a brother – in fact, he said they even dress similarly! When Reghardt came to collect him after the interview, I confirmed that this was indeed true! What Reghardt managed to capture in this movie was the heart of Jesus and this was never done before. All preceding movies tended to focus on the events surrounding Jesus, but this was the first that focused on Him! The focus was to bring the picture of Jesus as a man as well as the Son of God to life and this in itself was awesome to behold. The movie in itself set in motion a series of life changing events for Bruce and set his feet on a totally different path. On a practical level he started getting invitations to speak after the release of the movie, sharing his experience with audiences in a number of countries. This was all new to him as he had never planned or desired to go into ministry. However, it quickly became obvious that people’s lives were being changed through the speaking engagements. In fact, his ministry was really birthed in our lovely country, South Africa. When the film was first released in South Africa, Bruce came to tour the country for 5 weeks. In those 5 weeks it soon became obvious that God was doing so much more than the normal media tour. Bruce ended up staying in South Africa for 6 months, averaging 2-3 meetings a day, and was overwhelmed by the tens of thousands of people who were born-again during this time. Now Bruce, who fell in love with South Africa, considers this to be his second home.

However, his extended stay here had had an impact on his life back in the States. As a result of the months spent on making the film and travelling in South Africa, Bruce had virtually dropped out of sight and upon his return had to get reacquainted with people back home. In Los Angeles, Bruce’s hometown, out of sight means out of mind. Suddenly Bruce found himself at a cross road, having to decide if he was going to say no to the ministry invitations or focus on his acting career. It was an uncertain time, and yet it was clear to him that God was busy doing something great. He has lost a lot of contacts and exposure valuable to his acting career. However, his experience in South Africa had shifted his focus forever. As invitations kept flooding in, he was left with a strong sense of responsibility towards youngsters who had been impacted by The Gospel according to Matthew needing to see him continue acting in roles that would not discredit his faith. This is not an easy decision for an actor to make; Bruce had to make it one day at a time, sometimes through nights of tears. It was really hard to give up the passion he had since he was a boy. At the end of the day the only thing that mattered was ‘souls saved’ or ‘souls lost’... and over the course of time his passion shifted. Now it is all about saving the lost and this has become Bruce’s equivalent to the Academy Awards. Therefore he will focus only on movies which will impact people spiritually, like the latest one, “Faith happens”. Currently Bruce is sitting in the producers chair working on the script of a new movie The Gospel according to John aiming for a 2011 release. With hands gesticulating, Bruce excitedly explained that he is planning on taking the heart of the Matthew movie into the current film but on a big budget. The vision for making the new movie was born in his heart 10 years ago, and only now things have started to happen. Bruce is the kind of man who rests in the fact that everything happens in the Lord’s perfect timing and is trusting that this will be the first of many such movies. Despite being a Christian celebrity, Bruce prefers to keep his feet on the ground by being open about the fact that he has the same ups-and-downs, struggles and obstacles to overcome as the rest of us. He realises that he has a great responsibility to be real and not to act as if he has it all together as this in itself does a great disservice to others. During a discussion with some friends from South Africa they thought about their obituaries and what they would like people to remember about them – Bruce hopes that people will say that “he did something right”. Bruce is a humble man who understands that he has a destiny greater than himself. He feels that he has finally reached the end of himself where he is no longer depending on his own abilities, talents or gifts, but on God alone. With us out of the way, then surely we do not have to hope that we will do something right, but we can know that through us God will do something right! •

Issue 5 / 2010




Rudi Claase Corlea Botha ons lieflinge / our darlings

Teks en Fotos: CJ de Swart (Vroukeur) en Stephen Stewart vir Jewel Music CC.




Sy en satyn. Koord en fluweel. Dit is die tekstuur wat

verkry word wanneer Rudi Claase en Corlea Botha hul vokale vernuf versnit op hierdie nostalgiese tweetalige album ‘Ons Lieflinge / Our Darlings.’ Rudi Claase, 26, is een van die land se bedrywigste en knapste liedjieskrywers en sy kunstenaarskap is vir ‘n Tempo toekenning vereer vir beste liedjie van die jaar, ‘Tussen Woorde’ wat hy vir Juanita du Plessis geskryf het asook ‘n SAMAnominasie vir sy album ‘Jambo’ in die afdeling Beste Afrikaanse Sokkiedansalbum. Hy het waardevolle ondervinding in Amerika opgedoen, waar hy ‘n platekontrak met Viacom International beklink het. Hy het egter besluit Suid-Afrika is waar hy wil woon en werk. Hy was slegs vyf jaar oud toe hy Mozartkonserte gehou het. Sy talent is in 1997 en 1998 deur die nasionale sangkompetisie ‘Reik na die Sterre’ se beoordelaars geëien – én bekroon. Dit is daar waar hy en Corlea mekaar ontmoet het en gekeur is om na Japan te toer en saam met een van die bekendste pianiste daar op te tree. Corlea Botha, 22, het ook haar eerste konserte begin hou toe sy vyf jaar oud was en in 1995 het sy haar teaterdebuut in Pretoria se Staatsteater in die Italiaanse opera ‘La Bohemme’ gemaak. Die resensente was gaande oor haar as Gretl in die blyspel: ‘The sound of music’ teenoor Mimi Coertse, Judy Paige en Anne Power. Sedertdien het sy talle musiekpryse gewen; onder meer Reik na die Sterre se jazz- en taalafdelings, sowel as algehele wenner met haar suiwer weergawe van ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ in 2000. Die albums ‘Wonderkind van die millennium’, ‘Wie is ‘n God soos U ‘en ‘Shades of the rainbow’ met die reusetreffer ‘Take me to Soweto’ het gevolg. Corlea het haar aangesluit by Hugh Masekela se platemaatskappy, Chissa Entertainment, met Zwai Bala en Sibongile Khumalo in dieselfe stal. Corlea het haar as jazzsangeres gevestig, die verhoog met Suid-Afrikaanse en internasionale sterre gedeel, saam met simfonie-orkeste opgetree en vir politici, The Lion King se Lebo M en die Amerikaanse kletskoningin Oprah Winfrey gesing. Suid-Afrika se eie Lieflinge… Nou snoer Rudi en Corlea hul talent saam vir ‘n sonderlilnge projek, duethulde aan Suid-Afrikaanse en internasionale lieflingsterre: ‘Ons Lieflinge / Our Darlings.’ Hierdie album het in minder as 8-weke gouestatus bereik en is pas bekroon met ‘n platinum toekenning. Hierdie pragpaar was al in bykans elke tydskrif, op amper elke televisie program en toer die land plat. Daar is musiek van onder andere die Suid Afrikaanse ikone Min Shaw en Gé Korsten (Heidelied), Laurika Rauch (Op Blouberg se strand), Koos du Plessis (Gebed), Patsy Cline (Sweet dreams), Vicky Leandros (Come what may), Nana Mouskouri (White rose of Athens) en Jim Reeves (I fall to peaces). Rudi, wat ook treffers vir Juanita du Plessis, Theuns Jordaan, Arno Jordaan, Manuel Escorcio, Rina Hugo, Sonja Heroldt, Izak Davel, Ronéll Erasmus, Thys die Bosveldklong en Gerrie Pretorius skryf, het ook spesiaal vir dié duetalbum splinternuwe trefffers geskep: As ek sing, Laat ons jul woorde weer laat lewe en Seas of Spain. Ervaar tydlose treffers en byderwetse nuutskeppinge soos nog nooit voorheen gehoor nie. Word meegevoer deur vokale prag, gekomplementeer deur ‘n volledige strykorkes. Die album

Lieflinge/Darlings dra die stempel van gehalte! Disk 1 1. As Ek Sing 2. Die Heidehed 3. Verlange Keurspel 4. Laat Ons Weer Onthou 5. Liefling Keurspel 6. Sonder Jou Keurspel 7. Seemeeu 8. Liefde Wyd Soos Die See 9. Heimwee Keurspel 10. Blouberg Keurspel 11. Al Le Die Berge Nog So Blou 12. Gebed Disk 2 1. Sweet Dreams 2. White Rose Of Athens 3. ABBA Medley 4. I Fall To Pieces 5. Je Chante Avec Toi Liberte 6. Come What May 7. Marble Halls 8. More And More 9. Wicked Game 10. The First Time 11. Seas Of Spain 12. In Us I Believe 13. Love Story Kontak Jewel Music CC Stephen Stewart - Bestuurder (Bemarking en Publisiteit) asook konsert besprekings / 082 468 7994 / 078 372 7569 Mesadi Botha - Toer en Verhoog Bestuurder 083 352 0781 Dirk Swanepoel - Bestuurder - Jewel Music CC / 079 779 7572 Webwerf: •

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Realism - Impressionist Text Jacques Durandt Images: David Botha

David Johannes Botha (1921-1995) is one of the old masters in South African art. He is considered to be a realism-impressionist in the genre of the Cape Impressionism painters such as Terence MaCaw, Hugo Naude and Spilhaus. His wet street scenes with whitewashed houses and dark leafless oak trees and black linings, are amongst his most sought after works. He usually painted on site, many times in the rain with his water boots and umbrella. He managed to capture landscapes and the atmosphere of typical Boland towns, mostly in Paarl and Stellenbosch. He found inspiration in the vineyards, trees and flowers as well as architecture of Boland towns. Subject matter ranged from landscapes, seascapes and still life compositions. His vineyards were in the vicinity of Paarl and Stellenbosch and one can clearly recognize the familiar mountainous landscapes 82


done in perfect relation to the reality. He admired Pierneef’s work and also produced a large number of lino- and woodcuts on paper. His woodcuts demonstrate a high degree of artistic competency. His woodcuts are all smaller in size than his linocuts, but with more detail and overall artistic proficiency. In the illustrated wets street scene of Milner Street in Paarl, one can clearly see his technical expertise in carving. The woodblock done in 1963 is still in the possession of his widow Jane Botha. Wet street scenes being his trademark thus brings to life also his best woodcut, seldom seen for sale and tightly held by collectors. He was also very fond of Arniston, and as the artists of the era, did many watercolors oils and also this remarkable woodcut of Arniston in 1953. He also created two linocuts both larger in size of the same subject which is always a favourite of collectors.


His still lifes are remarkably strong in colours and his favorite piece being pomegranates with some kitchen utensils on a tablecloth. This work shows influences of Cezanne and Cubism. The scene is minimalised by even brushstrokes and without straight lines. Compositional the work is based on thirds. Botha did his training as an art teacher at the Cape Town Teachers Training College as well as the Camberwell School of Art in London and extended his art education by traveling abroad to Paris, Rome and Madrid. He was employed as an art teacher at four High schools in Paarl from 1946 until 1979. Initially he settled on a small farm, Kleinplaas, just outside Paarl, but later moved into town, where he lived until he died in 1995 at the age of 73. His work is highly sought by collectors and the KWV headquarters in Paarl holds a large collection of his best work. They even brought out a calendar in 1987 featuring 12 of his works. He is also represented in the Hester Rupert Art Museum in Graaff-Reinet, the National Museums in Bloemfontein; Pretoria Art Museum, Rand Afrikaans University, SA Cultural History Museum, Cape Town, SA National Gallery, Cape Town,

University of Stellenbosch and the Willem Annandale Art Gallery, Lichtenburg. A wet street scene oil painting of David Botha fetched a record price of R265 000- in September 2008 at an auction house in Pretoria. Thus truly an artist one can invest in.

Contact If anyone is interested in collecting from this artist or for sound expert advice, Jacques Durandt can be contacted on: Tel: +27 82 454 2001 •

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Text & Images compiled by Jacques Durandt with extracts from the ‘Hennie Niemann Jnr 2008’ exhibition catalogue foreword by Johans Borman

– Expressionist It is such a joy and a privilege to witness any creative process where talent, skill and conceptual ingenuity are applied to produce a unique result that captures our minds and emotions. Art lovers will all agree that it is the mystery of this process and the intrigue of its emotional and psychological impact that provides the excitement and fascination, which keeps us coming back for more. The Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery has been promoting the work of this very talented painter and well grounded young man for the past 15 years. Hennie’s focus on quality and his commitment to a sustainable long-term strategy regarding his output and pricing has served him well. At present, a Niemann Jnr painting normally sells for much more at auction than in any gallery - a phenomenon almost unheard of in the South African contemporary art scene. However, this is only indicative of



LIFEST YLE , ART S & C ULT U RE the desirability of his work, as the true test of success lies in the quality of the paintings and the growth he has shown as an artist. Fortunately, Hennie has always chosen a style and subject matter that he finds exciting and inspirational at any given time, thus avoiding the pitfalls of a repetitive commercially oriented strategy. Stylistically, he has developed from an early earthy, expressive Fritz Krampe influence in his energetic wildlife studies, to a much more stylized technique influenced by Van Essche and Picasso, to his current Fauvist-inspired approach. The positive aspect throughout his development has been the establishment of his distinctive style and technique, irrespective of subject matter, which underpins the uniqueness of his oils. Inspired by a trip to Spain, he has offered us a change of subject matter in the bulk of the paintings selected for the 2009 exhibition. Hennie’s 2006 solo exhibition focused primarily on the African people he encountered on his travels through Southern Africa, but his focus has now shifted to dark haired Catalonian girls in vibrantly colourful interiors, and local variations on this theme. The overriding impression communicated in this set of paintings is that of a very bold approach where the mark-making and palette generates drama and excitement beyond the sultry moods of his mysterious models. In the work The Family, the artist skillfully manipulates the tonal values of his vibrant palette, imparting a sense of tranquillity and contentment in the young parents. The red signifies the strong emotional bond between the family members. The portrayal of the family circle shows a tenderness and adoration for the young arrival. The work is skillfully segmented into three parts, encapsulating the essence of family, bonded together by a strong, linear composition. In the work Letter from home, the artist once again applies his skillful technique of tonal modulation within a fragmented composition to portray the emotions experienced by the young couple in reading the letter. The man embraces the girl in a loving and protective manner whilst holding the letter, leaving the viewer guessing as to its content. In typical Expressionist style the artist has applied thick black outlines to accentuate

1972 Born in Bloemfontein to Magriet and Hennie Niemann. 1980 - 1989 Moves to Vermont where he is introduced to art at a very early age. Under the tuition of his artist father Hennie Niemann Snr. and Gregoire Boonzaier, he begins sketching in bistre. 1990 After matriculating from Hermanus High School, Hennie’s military service affords him a year in the Kruger National Park. It is here, surrounded by bushveld, that his love of nature and wildlife is nurtured. 1991 - 1992 Drawing on this newfound source of inspiration, Hennie returns to Vermont and starts his artistic career. His bistre sketches and expressionistic oils reflect his intense affinity with the interactions of the wild. 1993 His first exhibition of drawings was a sell-out. 1994 - 1996 Meets Angela Key who shares his passion for painting and wildlife. Together they set up a permanent studio in Vermont from where they make frequent safaris and visit many game parks and nature reserves throughout Southern Africa, resulting in a highly successful exhibition of their works at the Onrus Gallery in September 1996. 1997 Exhibition with Angela Key at The Cherie de Villiers Fine Art Gallery, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Donated a painting to a WWF auction for

the vibrancy of his palette. Art lovers are competing for Niemann Jnr’s work in order to indulge themselves in a feast of colour, resulting from the passionate display of technical mastery encapsulated in his oils. Hennie Niemann Jnr’s paintings can be viewed at Contact If anyone is interested in collecting from this artist or for sound expert advice, Jacques Durandt can be contacted on: Tel: +27 82 454 2001 •

the protection of endangered species. 1998 Exhibition at Onrus Gallery at the Marine, Hermanus. 2000 ‘Triptych’ Exhibition with Angela Key and Wehrner Lemmer at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town. 2002 Travels to Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia to collect reference material for paintings. Invited to show at the ‘Exhibition of Contemporary South African Art’ in Chelsea, London where his paintings sold out. 2002 - 2005 Participates in group exhibitions at Stellenbosch Art Gallery and Art and Wine gallery, Clarens. 2003 ‘Triptych’ Exhibition with Angela Key and Jaco Sieberhagen at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town. 2006 First solo exhibition of oil paintings at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town. 2008 Solo exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town 2009 ‘Art that inspires’ Anniversary exhibition at Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery, Cape Town.

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The open fields, valleys, mountains, rivers and waters crisscrossing and encircling the earth, God provided everything we need. If we use it correctly, we will be healthy and blessed all the years of our life, be fulfilled in our older years and even experience a ripe old age. You already know that proper diet, exercise, controlling your environment and rest can keep you in good health. But you’re still not sure you’re doing enough. You may have seen family or friends devastated by illness, even those who took great care of themselves. Could they have done more to prevent disease? Your body is an amazing creation, something far superior to anything developed by man. Only God Himself could have created such a remarkable work of art. We not only have a body that functions with billions of parts, but we are also blessed with feelings and emotions. The psalmist wrote, “Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous, and how well I know it” (Psalm 139:14). You were not placed on earth to be anaemic, feeble and helpless. God wants you to live “more abundantly”, disease free and in maximum health. Good health is a wonderful gift. Are you building a pathway of future good health by making careful and wise decisions today? Your physical, emotional and spiritual future is in your own hands. So please, never take today’s good health for granted. Issue 5 / 2010


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so start losing weight now… Text: Jonathan Woolf

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Ever get tired of the yo-yo syndrome? You lose some weight, gain some and then gain some more? We are usually on the gain and comfort ourselves with the idea that it’s OK because: • we’re too busy • we’re growing older • it is winter • we’ve had a lot of emotional problems • our families won’t eat our diet food The real problem here is our lifestyles. We simply live in a fatty fast-food world, where we have lost the appreciation for the more simple foods. The good news is that this can be changed with a lot less effort than you would believe. Hints and tips on managing your daily diet more effectively • Take it slowly. Don’t expect radical weight loss extra fast. It puts too much pressure on you. Gradually change your lifestyle and way of eating. It is not a bad thing to get your family used to better eating habits as well. • If you do cheat or have a bad day, don’t feel guilty or get angry with yourself. Simply write it off and start the next day as a new beginning. Don’t be too tough on yourself. This is a journey to a better way of living. • Eat smaller portions of food. Use a smaller plate. Portions should not be larger than the palm of your hand. • Change over to less refined foods. Replace white bread with brown or whole-wheat bread, white rice with brown rice, and go for whatever wholewheat or full grain options you can find. Unrefined foods contain more fiber, which will also help with constipation. • Watch out for serious cravings (such as sugar or bread cravings), as these can




sometimes indicate an allergy. The body sometimes craves what it is allergic or intolerant to which often means you have been overloading your system by eating too much of that specific food. Incorrect eating often causes energy loss. A good diet will include a comprehensive vitamin as a supplement to your food. Look for a vitamin that is tailored for weight loss, as some vitamin supplements can make you hungrier. Cut out as many stimulants as you can, such as coffee, tea and smoking. Stimulants result in an energy dip that causes your body to crave food to replace the energy spent by the stimulant. Sugar is also very bad for energy dips and can create food cravings as your body attempts to replace that energy. Slowly cut as much sugar out of your diet as possible. Use sugar replacements in your drinks (they really don’t taste so bad), cereal and even in your cooking. Chromium is very helpful as a supplement for sugar cravings. Cut as much fat off your meat as possible. Buy light margarines (they contain considerably less saturated fat) and use “Spray and Cook” instead of cooking oil. There are many ways fat can be decreased in our diets without affecting the flavor.

Small changes, huge results One of the biggest changes you can make in your life concerning your weight and overall health is exercising more. We are all busy, but there are ways of getting around this problem without having to go to the gym. • Walk 1,000 normal steps a day. Take the kiddies with you, walk the dog or encourage your husband to enjoy a relaxing walk with you. Use the stairs whenever you can. Park further from the entrance so you have to walk. • Get a rope and skip, use a hula-hoop or an exercise ball – these can be a lot of fun! Remember, it probably took you some time to put the weight on, so give yourself time to lose it. You will find many sicknesses and ailments will disappear when your eating habits regulate. You’ll have more energy. Just looking good will make all that effort so much more worthwhile. Keep on trying until you succeed!

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GOD’S pharmacy Part 3

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on trees that could grow up to 12m high. I remember as a child my Gran always used to give us clove oil for toothache, and it still works today. Whole cloves or the oil on a sore tooth, especially where there is an abscess, takes the pain away within minutes. Cloves rises your body temperature, as well as your immune levels, especially in people prone to colds and flu. Boil a handful of cloves for 10 minutes, and drink a cupful 3 x a day. Remember, cloves raise blood pressure. Cloves will bless your digestive tract, and rids the body of parasites.

to a bowl of warm water.) Mustard seed is an age-old antidepressant. Remember Jesus said, “If you have faith even like a grain of mustard seed...” Boil a teaspoon of yellow mustard seed for a minute, allow to cool, and drink with a teaspoon of honey 2-3 x per day.

MUSTARD (Sinapis alba) Mustard is rich in calcium and iron. White mustard relieves pain, and is a natural antibiotic. Mustard assist in the developing of natural bacteria in the intestines. Mustard stimulates blood circulation, keeps the liver clean and stimulates the heartbeat. Eat fresh, raw mustard leaves for a quick pick-me-up. Take a mustard foot-bath for colds, blood circulation problems and chronic headaches. (Add a teaspoon of mustard powder

ALOE Aloe juice, common to South Africa, has been used for generations as a medicinal aid. Dutch colonials used aloe for healing of wounds. It is also used in shampoo, lotions and sunburn remedies. It heals burn wounds, caused by radiation. Aloe juice speeds up the metabolism and is a natural laxative. It de-worms humans, and animals (especially dogs). Piles patients shouldn’t drink aloe, as it draws extra blood to the


POTATOES (Solanum Tuberosum) Potatoes have been used since ancient times as medicine. This vegetable is very rich in vitamins, minerals, especially vitamin C. The skin is full of potassium.


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large intestine. Aloe is an excellent alkaline, cleanses the veins and works against cholesterol, arthritis and varicose veins. AFRICAN MARIGOLD Plant this beautiful yellow flower in your veggie garden, to keep insects at bay, although it attracts bees. Plant marigolds in between your tomatoes; it makes them bear more fruit. Dig your marigolds back into the soil before you plant potatoes, they drive away worms. Eat crushed Marigold petals to rid your skin of pimples. ANISEED Boil Aniseed for an antiseptic tea, to clear up a sore throat, coughing, colds and lung problems, especially bronchitis. It relieves colic in infants and stimulates the production of mother’s milk during breastfeeding. CALENDULA (Pot Marigold) Calendula has wonderful antiseptic properties. It helps for

leg sores and varicose veins. Boil the flower in water and rinse your mouth with the tincture, if you suffer from inflamed gums. Calendula also works well on inflammation and chill blained feet. It also relieves painful nipples during breast feeding. Crushed leaves on an open wound heal it speedily. Eat the leaves daily, to heal skin ailments. CAMOMILE Brew this precious little white and yellow flower in boiling water to create a great tonic and calming remedy. It also treats wounds and eczema. Add Chamomile tea to your bath water to relieve sunburn. Rev. Herman Uys grew up in a small town, Bethlehem, in the Free State, South Africa. He graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1984 with a BA and BD degree, and a diploma in theology. His interest in the field of natural healing took him on a road of intense study in this subject. His book: God’s Pharmacy’ was birthed in 2003, as a spontaneous overflow, and as a result of public demand. • Issue 5 / 2010




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It was not so

very long ago that most households were equipped with a large and interesting store of homemade medicines or remedies for all sorts of ailments. Grandparents taught the younger members of the family to recognise healing plants, and to make brews and decoctions, salves and lotions, until they too became proficient in home doctoring. Doctors and apothecaries in those bygone days had only plants from which to draw their medicines, and their textbooks contained much information on the use of plants for proven prescription medicines and endless recipes for treatments using barks, berries, leaves, roots and flowers of various plants. My training as a physiotherapist gave me an abiding interest in healing. To my professors and lectures, therefore, I have a special tribute: thank you for giving me a good background which has always formed the base for my herbal healing work. Favourite recipes for Common Ailments The following are some of my personal favourite remedies, all of which have been tried and tested many times over. As I always use fresh herbs, these recipes are worked on fresh herb measurements. RHEUMATISM TEA 37,5 ml celery seed 37,5 ml chopped nettle 37,5 ml elderflowers 37,5 ml yarrow 37,5 ml dandelion root 5 ml cayenne pepper Boil herbs in 3 l water for 5 minutes. Stand, steep, cool, then strain. Add cayenne pepper. Warm up and drink 2-3 cups of this brew each day. Keep excess in the fridge. Keep up treatment for

2 weeks. This is a wonderfully soothing and alkalising tea and it is as effective for gout as it is for rheumatism. FEVER DRINK 500 ml elderflower 500 ml peppermint leaves 250 ml yarrow leaves Boil up in 2,5 l water for 5 minutes. Stand, steep, strain. While still hot drink a cup of this brew and follow it immediately with a hot bath. Repeat every 4 hours. Bed rest is recommended until the fever subsides. This tea will minimise symptoms and, if taken immediately the symptoms start, will greatly hasten recovery. HEADACE TEA 12,5 ml rosemary 12,5 ml lavender 12,5 ml lemon balm 12,5 ml peppermint 750 ml water Bring water and herbs to the boil, and then immediately remove from stove and leave to cool. Drink 125 ml every hour for 3-4 hours to ease headache pain. To be continued... Margareth Roberts is already a household name to gardeners and herb enthusiasts and her expert advice on the cultivation of herbs and their many and varied uses are eagerly sought throughout the country. Margareth Roberts books are available in all good bookshops. •

“May your path be lined with much health and happiness” – Margaret Roberts 92



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amazing TALES Check out the Bible, and it’s full of amazing tales of God’s mighty power. From floods to fires, huge crowds to the risen dead, the message come screaming from every page: HE IS ABLE! And He is. Absolutely. No doubt about it. God is a can-do GOD. Doing it large is well within His abilities, and His actions are always the result of His heart; He moves because He loves. But if His love for His creation can find expression in the spectacular, it can equally be seen in the small and ordinary.



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LEADERSHIP “ For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up. But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.” – Psalm 75:5-6.(Amplified Bible) Text: Rina Smit Images:

Give me a man of God – one man, Whose faith is master of his mind, And I will right all wrongs And bless the name of all mankind. Give me a man of God – one man, Whose tongue is touched with heaven’s fire, And I will flame the darkest hearts With high resolve and clean desire. Give me a man of God – one man, One mighty prophet of the Lord, And I will give you peace on earth, Bought with a prayer and not a sword. Give me a man of God – one man, True to the vision that he sees, And I will build your broken shrines And bring the nations to their knees. George Liddell



Leadership is influence, the ability of one person to influence others. One man can lead others only to the extent that he can influence them. This fact is supported by definitions of leadership by men and women who have themselves wielded great influence. • Lord Montgomery defines it in these terms: “Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose, and the character which inspires confidence”. The outstanding examplar of this quality was Sir Winston Churchill, especially in the darkest hours of World War II. • Dr John R. Mott, a world leader in student circles, gave as his definition: “A leader is a man who knows the road, who can keep ahead, and who can pull others after him”. • President Truman’s definition is: ‘’A leader is a person who has the ability to get others to do what they don’t want to do, and like it’’. • General Charles Gordon once asked Li Hung Chang, an old Chinese leader, a double question” “What is leadership? And how is humanity divided?” He received this cryptic answer: “There are only three kinds of people in the world – those that are movable, those that are immovable, and those that move them.” Spiritual leadership is a blending of natural and spiritual qualities. Even the natural qualities are not self-produced but

IN SPIR ATIONA L God-given, and therefore reach their highest effectiveness when employed in the service of God and for His Glory. The definitions above concern leadership in general. While spiritual leadership partakes of those qualities, there are other elements that supplement and take precedence over them. Personality is a prime factor in leadership. “The degree of influence will depend on the personality of the man,” wrote Lord Montgomery, “the incandescence of which he is capable, the

incredible results he did within the space of one short life. God prepared Adoniram Judson to pioneer His work in Burma by endowing him with appropriate qualities, self-reliance balanced by humility, energy restrained by prudence, patience, self-forgetfulness, courage and a passion for souls. Martin Luther, the great Reformer, was described as a man easy of approach; totally without personal vanity; so simple in his tastes that men wondered how he could sustain life on so little;

In preparing a man for leadership God always has in view the sphere of service to which He purposes to call him. flame which burns within him, and the magnetism which will draw the hearts of men towards him”. The spiritual leader, however, influences others not by the power of his own personality alone but by that personality irradiated and interpenetrated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Because he or she permits the Holy Spirit undisputed control of his or her life, the Spirit’s power can flow through him or her to others unhindered. Spiritual leadership is a matter of superior spiritual power, and that can never be self-generated. There is no such thing as a self-made spiritual leader. He or she is able to influence others spiritually only because the Spirit is able to work in and through him or her to a greater degree than in those whom he or she leads. It is a general principle that we can influence and lead others only so far as we ourselves have gone. The person most likely to be successful is one who leads, not merely pointing the way, but by having trodden it himself. We are leaders to the extent that we inspire others to follow us. At a large gathering of leading Protestant missions in China, the question of qualifications for leadership was being discussed. There was vigorous debate on the subject. Mr D.E. Horste, General Director of the China Inland Mission sat quietly listening until the chairman asked if he had anything to say on the subject. From all over the auditorium came murmurs of approval at the invitation, for his contributions to a discussion were always listened to with more than ordinary interest. With a twinkle in his eye, he said in his curiously high-pitched voice: “It occurs to me that perhaps the best test of whether one is a qualified leader is to find out whether anyone is following him or her.” Since leadership is essentially the power of one man to influence another, it is well to consider the almost limitless possibilities of a single life, for good or ill. Both Scripture and experience affirm that no one can be neutral, either morally or spiritually. On lives that come within the range of our influence

abounding in solid sense, playful humour and mirthfulness; honest as the day, transparently sincere. Added to this were his undaunted courage, inflexible conviction and passion for Christ. It is small wonder that he bound men to him with bonds of steel. Professor G. Warneck described Hudson Taylor in terms that indicated how appropriately God had endowed him for his work of pioneering in China: “A man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, of entire surrender to God and His call, of great self- denial, heartfelt compassion, rare power in prayer, marvellous organizing faculty, indefatigable perseverance, and of astounding influence with men, and withal of childlike simplicity himself”. In each case these men were endowed with gifts which uniquely equipped them for special tasks to which they were later called. But that which raised them above their fellows was the degree to which they developed these gifts and graces through devotion and self-discipline. DO YOU AS A LEADER KNOW HOW BIG RESPONSIBILITY YOU HAVE? WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR POSITION AS LEADER? DO YOU LEAD PEOPLE BY EXAMPLE, OR RULE OVER THEM AND TRAMP ON THEM? ARE YOU AS A LEADER ALLOWING GOD TO USE YOUR ABBILITY AND POWER AS LEADER FOR HIS GLORY? YOU ARE GOING TO STAND IN FRONT OF GOD ONE DAY TO ANSWER TO HIM. DON’T WASTE THE TIME AND OPPORTUNITY THAT YOU HAVE TODAY AS A LEADER. Psalm 51:10-13: “ Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of the salvation and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee”. We all fall into error and sin from time to time. This beautiful prayer of repentance from David, a man after God’s own heart,

The spiritual leader, however, influences others not by the power of his own personality alone but by that personality irradiated and interpenetrated and empowered by the Holy Spirit. we leave an indelible impress, whether we are conscious of it or not. Dr. John Geddie, for example, went to Aneityum in 1848 and worked there for God for twenty-four years. On the tablet erected to his memory these words are inscribed: When he landed, in 1848, there were no Christians. When he left, in 1872, there were no heathen. In preparing a man for leadership God always has in view the sphere of service to which He purposes to call him. He is able therefore to adapt the means to the end and endow him with gifts of nature and grace that will best fit him to fulfil his commission. Without the superb equipment and unique training which were granted to him, Paul would never have achieved the

can be used to restore a right relationship between yourself and God the Father. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin, (1 John 1:7) so that we can experience the Father’s forgiveness and be renewed in spirit. When we are cleansed and forgiven, we can share these experiences with sinners still lost in the world. It is impossible for us to be faithful witnesses of Jesus if we ourselves are lost in sin. First we must get the log out of our eye and then take the splinter out of our neighbour’s eye. When we walk in righteousness, many will see Jesus Christ in us, as we will become transparent in a fleshly sense and our spirit will come forth shining with the glory of our King. • Issue 5 / 2010




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It is a fact that many people get to the end of their lives

and see a long trail of disappointments, failures, and regrets behind them. They had dreams and ideals, once upon a time, but they caved in when circumstances or bad decisions limited them. They said “okay” when they could have said “no way”. It doesn’t have to be that way. Only you know the whole truth about the self-defeating attitudes and actions that may have landed you where you don’t want to be. Only you know how the consequences of your past decisions may have formed your present circumstances. It’s all too easy to protect yourself from self-knowledge when you find it painful. It’s tempting to cover up the truth with excuses and denial rather than facing the truth and doing something about it. Remember, all of life is cyclical. Change doesn’t stop until life ends. Think of the things you decide to change as part of a natural process that keeps you on a positive path of repositioning yourself. The sky’s the limit, but only if you’re willing to flap your wings! Let’s not waste time bemoaning the fact that some people have natural advantages over others. We don’t need a public service announcement to remind us that while some people seem to be born with a road cleared ahead of them, many people started out with the odds against them. You can trough a pity- party and think life is not fair. But, the quicker you can come to terms with this, and understand that you haven’t been singled out for this fate, the sooner you’ll be able to fuel yourself with hope and work for a better outcome for yourself. This is just

go back over your experiences, look for the life lessons that you want to remember, and record, and use them for future wisdom. If I can leave one thought with you: There is no scientific achievement by man that even compares to the creation of man. We were created as the crowning achievement of all creation. I am constantly amazed at the complexity of the human design. The divine design made provision for your complete and ultimate success in life, but you have to believe it, receive it and practice it. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?” Actually who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Nelson Mandela, 1994. Inaugural speech. When Nelson Mandela spoke these words in his inaugural speech on that historic day in South Africa, he was addressing a nation that had been subjected to apartheid for half a century. In this remarkable nation teeming with beauty and potential,

“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” the beginning point, not the end of the story. The fact that you can pick up the magazine, read about it, and respond positively on it makes you a lot more advantageous than a huge number of other folks on this planet. Ultimately, it will be up to you to make the difference in your life. It will be your understanding of where you are and your vision for where you want to be that will open the way ahead of you. It will be your determination, your refusal to quit or be beaten down, that will create the future you want. Albert Einstein once said: “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”. Thomas Edison declared, “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Henry Ford said, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” And from Maya Angelou: “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated”. You could call these people “bounce-back” winners. Bounce-back winners know something about failure and mistakes. They experience deep lows and stunning highs. They know that success is not a place, it’s a process. Most of all, they understand that less-than-best choices don’t have to be the endgame. They can be the best thing that ever happened to us, when we acknowledge them, learn from them, and transform them into opportunities for strength and growth. If you‘ve been through hard times or are in them right now, you’ve been on a learning curve. One of the basic truths about learning is that it takes a lot of reinforcing. You may have learned some hard lessons about what doesn’t work. You may have discovered some things about who you are and how you get in your own way in terms of personal growth. You may also have uncovered some surprising facts about other people and how they act and react. You’ll help solidify what you’ve learned if you put it into words,

the black African had been subjected to indescribable acts of cruelty. Apartheid was an example of what can happen even in a whole nation. But that was not a new thing, or a South African thing. The struggle over apartheid in South Africa was a microcosm of conflict found in the human race, in every nation, in each generation. As long as men deny the principle of the divine intent in the creation of man, each generation moves one step further away from the power of significance and self-worth. Human rights, whether they are granted or not, are endemic to the essential identity carefully formed in every human being. The right to think and act freely are an integral part of the divine design of mankind. My purpose in sharing this information with you is to empower you to rise to a new level of living, doesn’t matter the breakdowns or falls of the past. Your journey begins by discovering the wealth of potential that was programmed into God’s original intention for man. Let there be no mistake about it, mankind is still the offspring of God. In spite of the rebellion of man and his tragic fall from grace, the image of God continues to exist upon the face of all mankind. But the image of God alone is not sufficient for our salvation. We must recover the beauty and power of a life lived in His likeness. We must begin the long journey home. We have settled for a subnormal existence. In reality, we don’t know how far man has fallen, but we do have the road map back to full restoration, the Bible! The time has come to shake you free from insignificance and insecurity once and for all. You have ultimate worth and value. Believe it! “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it” Revelation 2:17 • Issue 5 / 2010




The Divine Law of – Part 3

Text Dr Rudi Buys Images Rina Smit

God made his desires for you known through Jesus.

He desires a relationship! The mission statement of Jesus. God desires to restore, heal and set free. He desires for you to enjoy your inheritance and to be changed into the image of His Son. Who do you say, is Jesus? For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world, that He gave up His only-begotten Son, so that whoever believes in, trusts and relies on Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life! – John 3: 16 [Amplified] This demonstrates God’s love for us, His Father heart! A Father that gave His own Son to make you His child! He desires Fellowship with you! What is God’s desire for our lives? God made His desires known through Jesus. Jesus came to us in a human body - a physical presence in our world, to reveal our Father’s heart. He restored our relationship with our Father. Jesus came as the sole expression of the glory of God:



…in these last days He spoke unto us by His Son, being the express image of Him, upholding and guiding the universe by His mighty Word of power. – Hebrews 1: 2-3 He came as the embodiment of God’s love, compassion and power to set us free. Jesus reveals to us our Father’s heart; what He desires for us! God desires a relationship with you; not religion, a relationship, fellowship! And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, …. full of grace and truth. – John 1: 14 Every big business or institution has a mission statement. It spells out what the business stands for, what its vision is, and what its goals are. If you want to know what God’s vision, His “goals” for us are, read Isaiah 61:1-4 and Luke 4:18. In a synagogue in Nazareth Jesus spelled out His mission. He read from the prophecy in Isaiah. Isaiah 61: 1 – 4 With this mission statement, which you can also read in Luke 4: 18, Jesus declares God’s plan. Jesus proclaims why God has sent Him, what God’s desire and will for us is. Jesus said: The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,

IN SPIR ATIONA L and put your thoughts on paper so as to be able to tell others what His mission was.) According to Jesus’ plain Words and His deeds, God’s desire is clearly to restore, to heal and set us free. What is more: it is the language of a loving, caring Father, not the directives of a managing director in charge of a religious organisation! The powerful statement of Jesus in John 10:10 is the absolute essence of why Jesus shed His blood for us: I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – John 10 : 10 Everything that was lost through Adam’s disobedience, Jesus regained for us. If you don’t take it into possession, you don’t value Jesus’ sacrifice. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.– 1 John 3: 8 …who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed.– 1 Peter 2: 24

because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed. – Luke 4: 18 On one occasion John the Baptist sent two of his disciples to Jesus to ask Him if He was the One who was sent. Jesus said to them: Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them. – Luke 7: 22 (The poor is namely those who know how earnestly they need Him.) Suppose you were an employee and this was the mission statement of the company you worked for, plus a report of its track record, how would you objectively evaluate it? Would you be excited and reassured? Of course! It is almost too good to be true! (It’s a good idea to study this mission statement of Jesus

The enemy’s greatest strategy is to keep us from taking into possession our legal inheritance. Jesus demonstrated what His Father’s desires for us are. You needn’t guess what God’s will is for His children. Read the copy of your covenant: God’s new testament, His will. If you got a letter to tell you that you’ve inherited millions, nothing would stop you from claiming it! What about your inheritance from God? Apart from God’s desire for us to take our inheritance into possession, He desires that we become more and more like Jesus. … For those whom He foreknew, He also destined from the beginning to be moulded into the image of His Son, and share His likeness, that He might become the first-born among many brethren. – Romans 8: 29 That is why we dare not allow soulishness to be rampant in our lives. To be changed more and more into the image of Christ, our minds must be renewed, till we have the mind of Christ! We must become the sweet fragrance of Christ, which exhales unto God! – 2 Corinthians 2: 15 As we embrace the Word and “eat” it and speak it, we’ll be changed from the inside out. We will constantly be transformed into the image of Jesus! And as with unveiled face, because we continued to behold, [in the Word of God] as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord, we are constantly being transfigured into His very own image…. from glory to glory! – 2 Corinthians 3: 18 [Amplified Bible] God raised us up with Jesus and made us sit in heavenly places with Him. He did this, …that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come, the immeasurable, limitless riches of His free grace and goodness! – Ephesians 2: 7 Who is Jesus to you? Jesus put a vital question to His disciples. First He asked them: Whom do men say that I, the Son of man am? – Matthew 16: 13 They replied: “They say, John the Baptist, Elisa, Jeremiah, a prophet.” And then Jesus confronted them personally: Issue 5 / 2010



What is your answer? If you can’t answer this question, you still don’t have a revelation of the Father heart of God. Remember: With your mouth and with your life you demonstrate what you believe! If you understand your design, you’ll be empowered to speak and live what you believe! In the next chapter you’ll discover how wonderful you are made! Chapter 5: DESIGNER MADE! How God designed you. You are a spirit, soul and body. Your soul consists of your will, thoughts and emotions. Your will is the gate between your soul and spirit (where His Spirit resides.) Your tongue is the gate between your soul and body. The crucial role of your will. Your will, through choice, opens both gates. Every appliance you buy comes with a manual, giving you specific instructions on how to successfully operate the appliance; how to use it effectively for the purpose the designer manufactured it for. Because we don’t understand our own design, haven’t studied the “manual” – His Word – properly, and haven’t followed the instructions, we encounter “malfunction”! To understand your design makes everything much easier. With this knowledge you can “operate” with success!



God created us in His image, as a tri-part being with a spirit, a soul and a body. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thessalonians 5: 23 Carefully study the diagram - a simple blueprint of your design. GOD’S BLESSING SPIRIT

But whom say you that I am? – Matthew 16: 15 As you read this, you are also confronted with this very personal question: Whom do you say, Jesus is? Who is He to you? What do you really believe did He come to do for you personally?




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MY TONGUE BODY Diagram: With acknowledgement to Dr Aiko Horman We are created as a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. When you are born again, your spirit is recreated by God’s Spirit and then you become a new creation. Your soul consists of your will, emotions and thoughts. That is the same as your mind. It’s your responsibility to let your mind be renewed Romans 12: 2 and “saved”. – 1 Peter 1: 9

IN SPIR ATIONA L The diagram graphically shows how the Holy Spirit wants to let God’s blessings flow from your spirit, to your soul, to your body. Your soul, guarded by your will, and consisting of your thoughts and emotions, is the vulnerable area: Your soul can be so overgrown with “weeds” of rejection, past hurts, self interest, lack, destructive emotions, habits, etc. that it blocks what God wants to release in your life. There are two gateways in our design. There is a gate from the spirit to the soul and a gate from the soul to the body: • The will connects the soul with the spirit. • The tongue connects the soul with the body. What happens when you accept Jesus as your Saviour? Spirit speaks to spirit. Because you are a spirit, God’s Spirit speaks to your spirit. The Holy Spirit gently appeals to you in love: God wants you to accept Jesus and become His child! Your will chooses to accept Jesus as Lord and His Word as the highest authority in your life. It is by free grace that you are saved, Ephesians 2 : 7 it is the gift of God, but with your will you choose to accept this gift. The Holy Spirit then recreates your spirit and you in fact become a new species. Your spirit that was separated from God becomes alive. This choice also opens the gate of your will and allows interaction between your spirit and soul. Choosing to let the Word renew your thoughts and emotions starts the process of restoring your soul. The Word of God is powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, Piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow. – Hebrews 4: 12 Accepting the Word as your only directive you are open to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit to direct you in rooting out the weeds. Your choice and your commitment to do His Word, open up the channel for His blessings to overflow from your spirit to your soul and body. The second gate then is your tongue. By speaking the Word, you open the gate between your soul and body and the Word can have a direct impact on your health and your body. I’ll deal with this extensively in Chapter 8. As you read along in the book, often refer back to this diagram so that you can get a good impression of how God created us. The crucial role of your will: It is your will that has to choose to be obedient to God. ….choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve. –Joshua 24: 15 … choose life that both you and your descendants may live. – Deuteronomy 30: 19 let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. – Revelation 22: 17

spirit. Another way of putting it: your will is the vehicle through which His Word connects your soul and spirit with His Spirit. If you don’t surrender your will, nothing can change! Your will determines whether you submit to the Word and receive His blessings, or be ruled by the natural man and your natural impulses. With your will you make life decisions. With your will you choose to drive on the right side of the road. With your will you choose not to be a murderer. With your will you choose not to abuse your children. By a choice of your will, you submit your thoughts and emotions to the authority of His Word. Only then the cycle of destructive thoughts and emotions like fear and worries can be replaced and can you receive God’s healing. You cannot heal yourself by will power. You are healed by yielding your will, your whole life, to the will of God! A counsellor can’t heal you; a program can’t heal you. You have to come to God personally, surrendering your will, choosing to tear down the strongholds in your mind and accept His restoration. By an act of the will you also determine how to use your tongue: what to say and what not to say. •

We are not God’s puppets; we have a free will: With this will you accept Jesus as Saviour. With this will you choose to renew your mind? With this same will you must choose to yield your body, soul and spirit to Him as a pleasing offering. With your body, soul, spirit and your mouth, you must make a total commitment. With your will you choose the thoughts you are going to allow, and what emotions you are going to give free range. In other words you are always challenged with the question: “What am I going to allow in my soul?” As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. – Proverbs 23: 7 Your will is the key that opens the gate between the soul and the Spirit! As explained, your will forms the gate between your soul and Issue 5 / 2010




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How you look is how you feel. It’s not about aspiring to become someone else; it’s about how to make the best of you. The dress is back this summer. Fashion is on a nostalgic trip like never before, so there is something suitable for everyone. Whether it is for work or play, the world of men’s clothing is not overlooked anymore. Comfort style, mixing, and matching styles become the key aspects for men’s fashion this summer. Text & Stylist: Ally Mesnard Images: Michael Maherry Hair & Make-up: Tamaryn Pretorius Shot on location at Farm Inn Pretoria Issue 5 / 2010





Take inspiration from the cultural diversity, its people and places that make modern day African societies unique. Indulge in a palette of vibrant prints and bold colours to illustrate the beauty of cultural exchange through fashion...

Robe dress by Christian Lacroix; jewellery by Jenna Clifford Tangerine leather bag by Jo Borkett; sunflower yellow handbag by Preview Designer Collection and lilly white handbag by Jo Borkett




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Ethnic necklace from Angel

Right: Liezel is wearing a dress by Simon Rademan Left: Liezel is wearing a robe dress by Christian Lacroix

Gladiator heels from Preview Designer Collection

Wedge sandals from Angel

Earrings from Angel


Liezel’s dress by Simon Rademan



Watch and bracelet from Fifth Avenue Collection

Above: Cherise pink dress by Simon Rademan Below: Outfit from Angel

Quirky heels from Big Blue

FASH ION & BE AU T Y He is wearing an outfit from Fabiani She is wearing a robe dress from Christian Lacroix Jewellery from Angel



FASHION & BEAU T Y Watches – enquiries Picot & Moss

Bangels from Big Blue Above: Dress from Jo Borkett; jewellery and handbag from Angel and flats from Preview Designer Collection Below: Outfit from Zero Degrees and shoes from Preview Designer Collection

Sandals from Spitz

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This page: Summer top from Jo Borkett; bracelet and ring from Jenna Clifford; necklace from Angel; cherise pink clutch bag from Angel and tangerine beads from Big Blue.




Top right: Jewellery from Angel; clutch from Christian Lacroix; pale yellow dress from Angel and white leather belt from Jo Borkett Bottom right: Outfit from Angel; handbag from Preview Designer Collecton Above: Red and white open-toe heels from Preview Designer Collection and Gucci watch – enquieries Picot & Moss Issue 5 / 2010


Yellow tie from Fabiani

Panama hat from Fabiani

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Page left: Camel coloured suit from Fabiani T-shirt and shades from Angel

African beaded men’s shoes from Spitz

Top right: Suit from Angel and shirt from Fabiani Bottom right: Outfit from Fabiani




Page left: Shirt from Angel, slacks from Fabiani and sandals from Preview Designer Collection Watch – enquiries Picot & Moss T-Shirt and watch from Angel, jeans from Fabiani and shoes from Spitz

Men’s bracelet and necklace set from Fifth Avenue Collection

Outfit from Fabiani

Brown leather sneakers from Angel

Navy sneakers from Preview Designer Collection

Sandals from Europa Art Shoes


MEN’S must have items Men’s formal shoes from Preview Designer Collection

Men’s casual shoes from Spitz

Golf shirts from Angel Men’s bracelet from Angel

Diamanté cufflinks from Fifth Avenue Collection



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Big Blue

Leather belt from Fabiani

Fashion sunglasses from Angel

Silver cufflinks from Fifth Avenue Collection

Green suede loafers from Spitz

Leather briefcase from Angel

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FASH ION & BE AU T Y Men’s chinos from Angel

Knee length shorts from Fabiani

Grey mens sport shoe from Spitz

Assorted travel gear from Angel






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LADIES must have items Green beaded necklace from Big Blue

Silver and blue pendant from Angel

Saffire leather handbag from Jo Borkett African print handbag from Big Blue

Canary yellow leather handbag from Jo Borkett African print handbag from Big Blue

Yellow mini shorts from Zero Degrees Funky African print and Madiba skirts from Big Blue

Flats from Preview Designer Collection



Assorted Summer tops from Jo Borkett

Black velvet, floral motif heels from Spitz Ethnic beads from Big Blue Star diamantĂŠ earrings from Angel

Canary yellow heeled sandal from Europa Art Shoes

Coral open-toe heel from Preview Designer Collection White wedge heel from Spitz

Short Summer dresses from Big Blue Pink floral dress from Jo Borkett


BLING bling Celtic diamanté set

from Fifth Avenue

Gold flower pendant from Angel


Men’s ring from Fifth Avenue Collection

Gold bracelet from Angel.

Dress rings from Fifth Avenue Collection



Diamanté bracelet from Fifth Avenue Collection


Bracelet from Fifth Avenue Collection

Pearls from Jenna


Diamanté set from Fifth Avenue Collection

Rings from Jenna Clifford

Bracelet from Jenna Clifford

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Tamaryn Pretorius – Hair and Make-up Artist

Bridal make-up tips Text: Tamaryn Pretorius

Images: Various Bridal Photographers and Michael Maherry




It is my opinion that the most important element

of your big day is your photos and video of the memorable event. It’s the memories captured on film that you’ll treasure for years to come and show to your grandchildren. Therefore, it’s absolutely essential you’ll look flawless on your wedding day! If it’s impossible to obtain the services of a professional make-up artist on your wedding day, then I am willing to arm you with the right tools in order to look your best! Skin care For make-up to have staying power and for flawless foundation without applying lots of layers you need to get your skin in perfect condition. Start with facials 2-4 months before your wedding day. Many brides make the mistake of going for their last facial too close to the wedding date. I recommend no facials a week before the date. On your wedding day: After cleansing, toning and moisturizing you should apply a primer. Smashbox at Woolworths, Mac at Edgars and Kryolan all have wonder primers. Primer evens out skin tone, it fills wrinkles so liquid make-up don’t get stuck in the creases that comes with age and it helps your foundation to stay! Foundation Next step is to apply foundation. Remember there are different textures that suit different skins. Ask the professional at the counter for advice and remember the right colour is an absolute must! Before buying the colour, apply to your clean skin and look at the match outside in natural light. Don’t feel shy to try different colours till you’re satisfied. Glowing skin is beautiful. If your face is greasy, however... well, that’s another story. Six steps for shine-free makeup that stays put:

1. If your skin is oily, hydrate it with an oil-free moisturizer. If it’s extra oily, skip the moisturizer and just dab a little eye lotion under your eyes. And if your skin is dry, moisturize as usual. By the way, if your beloved tends to shine up, too, slip him a mattifying product to use on the big day. Because it’s not make-up it should be guy-friendly enough for him to handle. 2. To keep the greasies at bay, prepare your skin for foundation by applying an anti-shine product. 3. If you have very good skin, skip the foundation and just use a spot concealer, which will stay on longer. Use it under eyes, around corners of your nose, and wherever you have blemishes. 4. If you do use foundation, apply an oil-free formula with a foundation brush. 5. After you’ve applied your liquid foundation, powder your face with a small brush. Keep your powder in your touch up kit for the rest of the day. Shine looks oily and horrible on photos. Eyebrows Now that we have your skin tone and texture in a good condition you need to sort out those eyebrows. Time to seek professional help, as eyebrows are extremely important, they frame your eyes!!! Eyes Your eyelids are nearly as individual as your thumbprint. For some women, shadow can last for hours; for others, it fades in minutes. If you fall into the latter category, here are some tricks to try: 1. Using a concealer brush, apply concealer all over your lid, from lash line to brow. This will help your shadow adhere to

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FASH ION & BE AU T Y your skin. If your lids are extra oily (most Asian women have oily lids), apply a mattifying product first, and then put your concealer on top. Finish it off with a dusting of powder. 2. When it comes to shadows, stay away from creamy formulas, which tend to oil up. For extra insurance, apply two layers. 3. As for liners, liquid liner stays put like no pencil can. 4. If you’re weary of liquid liner, take a cake liner -- and mix it with an eyeliner-sealing product. After you’ve lined your eyes, just put some of the sealer on your liner brush, and then retrace the line you made with your cake liner. 5. Even if you don’t think of yourself as the crying type, waterproof mascara is definitely in order on this day. Blush If the heat hurts your makeup, blush will be one of the first things to go. 1. Again, steer clear of creamy formulas, which tend to streak and invite shine. Instead, opt for a soft, powdery formula that will look fresh and absorb oil. 2. For more staying power, apply cheek stain, and then dust a matching powder blush on top of it. Lips You’ll be kissing your new husband, kissing your guests, sipping champagne... how in the world are you supposed to keep your lipstick on all day? Heed this advice for a picture perfect pucker: 1. Start off by moisturizing your lips with balm so your pencil will glide along easily. Then take your lip pencil and colour in your entire mouth -- this will prevent your lipstick from bleeding and supply more holding power. Line and fill your lips with colour in the same shade as your lipstick. 2. Insider Secret: If you’re the type of person who can never keep her lipstick on, use a medium-toned concealer as a base before your lip pencil. 3. Once your pencil’s in place, apply a long wear lipstick. All the brands from Mac to Maybelline stock kiss proof lippies in a range of colour. Lightly blot with a tissue. While the tissue is still pressed to your lips, brush some loose powder on top, then remove the tissue and make-up your lips again to seal the deal. 4. The final step is adding a touch of gloss. Just one coat on your upper and lower lips will hold your colour in place all day, or at least most of it. One Last Thing Easily over-looked tip! Wear a gown or button shirt and remove your bra to prevent strap marks and smudging. Place a towel over your head prior to slipping into your gown to avoid make-up on your gown. A week before your wedding rehearse your makeup - practice, practice and practice some more, until you perfect the look you want for your wedding day For expert advice and bridal make-up quotes, please send an e-mail with your request to: or contact me directly on my cell: +27 76 1246 879•




Camelia is dressed by Simon Rademan. Jewellery by Fifth Avenue Collection

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AGING now addressed


AT GENE Text: Dr Alwyn Carstens Images:

There is no hotter topic on earth today, than the desire of all people above forty to stop or even reverse the aging process. Up to now, all skincare and cosmetic companies only addressed the effects of aging and not the source. Fillers, humidifiers, coloring, waxes and creams as well as ‘botox’ only serve to mask the existing signs of aging and do nothing to stop or reverse the process. To really attack aging at the source, was only a pie in the sky. This became a reality in 2009. Anti-aging is about how to prevent, slow or reverse the effects of aging and help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Although men and women think about aging differently, both groups are motivated to look and feel younger as they age. Pronounced effects of skin aging usually start occurring around the late forties. A major cause of degeneration of the skin is the reduced production of collagen and elastin. Anti-oxidants are crucial to the formation of collagen and help reduce the rate at which we age.




Innovative research breathes life into age-defying products While we were aging, scientists from major universities and institutions were working effortlessly to find the source of ageing. Exciting news is that in the future aging is going to be addressed at gene level. There has been ongoing research into the impact of an ageing enzyme (arNox), which is known to be a free radical generator. Years of intensive investigation into technology that counters known causes of aging by a global skin care company, in conjunction with leading tertiary institutions, has culminated in the launch of exclusive products that guarantee amazing results. At a major Dermatology symposium held in Kyoto Japan in 2007, researchers at the Purdue University, USA, announced the discovery of an additional free radical generator in the skin. This hidden generator causes a person to age, starting at birth and speeding up as years go by. This ageing enzyme (arNox) is present at different concentrations in individuals and is responsible for how fast you age. Certain genes, or so-called ‘youth gene clusters,’ also determine the speed at which you age. This is a totally new concept. It is contrary to the age-old belief that chronologic counting of years (general ‘wear and tear’) as well as the environment, sun, pollution and nutrition are the only factors that affect the aging process. This discovery and concept paved the way for further private research, which has been taking place over the past five years. It has now resulted in patented rights for the manufacture, development and global distribution of products. A major skincare company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, has now come up with a unique serum, the first ever on the market, that lock and even reverse ageing signs. The significance of this discovery is that for the fist time in history we are now in a position to attack ageing at the root, that is, at gene level. As an example, we realized that breast cancers grow according to their genetic imprint and this already forms the basis of targeted therapy for certain types of breast cancer. Stakeholders are now positioned to announce their findings and provide the answers to aging in the form of skin care products and neutraceuticals. Although the skin is the most visible organ, one of the largest – second only to the gut mucosa – it is not only the skin that concerns us. Ageing also takes place in all other organs, causing disease, cancers and ultimately demises of the whole body. From a medical point of view it is enthralling to consider the relevance of this discovery and its potential to prevent disease throughout the whole body, including organs. Being involved with Women’s Health (The Eastleigh Breast and Women’s Health Center) readers will understand why there is so much excitement about this. We are in a position to now divulge that anti-aging products are about to be rolled out in stages. The first stage involves gels that are used in conjunction with a galvanic current to deposit active ingredients deep into the living skin cells. Second generation products will be day and night creams and a concentrated serum, used alone without galvanic currents. If the active substance could be delivered to all other organs via a neutraceutical, and orally in future, it would also capture the

interest of the medical profession, particularly within the area of disease prevention.

Will it be expensive? Not at all if compared to the price of other skin care products. Remember, this technology cannot be compared with existing products on the market as no other company has this new technology in place. It will also not be available through other companies in future, due to world patent rights. It is also important to remember that a healthy skin depends on a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced, nutritious diet filled with anti-oxidants found in raw fruit and vegetables. It can never be exclusively dependent on anti-ageing supplements albeit that the genetic origin is targeted. People around the world are getting older and living longer, creating a demand for products to make them feel healthier and look younger. In fact, by 2030 the number of people around the world over the age of 60 is expected to reach more than one billion. As the percentage of senior citizens increases, the demand for anti-aging products and services rises. The trend in ant- aging solutions, like cosmetic surgery, is also changing. People are shifting from difficult reconstructive procedures to more delicate, less invasive options. Indeed, the high cost of surgeries and ‘Botox’ injections are also encouraging people toward professional skin care products. As a result, anti-aging treatments are gaining popularity. This discovery of the source of aging and the introduction of revolutionary technology in products to combat the affects represent an exciting new era in modern healthcare. THE PRODUCTS ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA. Dr. Alwyn Carstens runs the EASTLEIGH WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE in the East of Pretoria. For more information please feel welcome to contact Rachel at the Nutrition Centre on: +27 12 9930512 • Issue 5 / 2010


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in time

A MOMENT Photography is probably the world’s greatest hobby. It is difficult to imagine a family where at least one member of the family do not own a camera or has not appeared in a photograph. Even with the popularity of the video camera, nothing can compare to looking at a photograph. Whether you own a lowcost point-and-shoot camera or an expensive digital SLR, great photographs are within your reach. You can be a casual photographer, a dedicated hobbyist, or an aspiring professional, photos are there to enjoy and to capture forever a moment in time.





von Maltitz – In touch with nature

Text: Adele Minnaar Images: Emil von Maltitz

Durban based photographer Emil von Maltitz

is gifted beyond words. He predominantly shoots landscape, nature and commercial photography and regularly goes on assignments to exotic places to capture brilliant imagery for the world to enjoy. In essence his photographs speaks a thousand words… Give us more info on your background. I grew up in Bloemfontein as an English child in a sea of Afrikaans. I then spent a year working overseas before returning to South Africa to study at Rhodes University. I stayed there until I completed my Masters degree in Anthropology where I wrote a dissertation on witchcraft belief and spirit possession in the Caprivi. I moved to Durban with my then fiancée to take a position as a social consultant. I didn’t really find my feet in that field though, and it was with some relief that I ventured

into the difficult waters of full-time professional photography. I had already been earning a partial income through stock photography for a number of years so this softened the landing somewhat. How did your interest in Photography start? I’ve been interested in photography since I was young. I actually started by saving up for and buying a secondhand Pentax ME Super to take photographs of an insect collection as at 11 years old I thought I’d be a naturalist. The photography soon took over and the bug collection took a distant back seat as I became increasingly immersed in photography. You are a successful photographer. Did you attend any photographic courses on photography? All my photographic knowledge is self-taught. I tried to get into a photography degree under Obie Oberholzer, a well known Issue 5 / 2010


PHOTO G R A PHY and respected South African fine art photographer a number of years back while still at Rhodes, but it would have essentially meant restarting my university career all over again. I was fortunate enough, though, to be ‘mentored’ by Monty Cooper, the then head of Photojournalism at Rhodes University and an internationally recognized photojournalist and photography lecturer. Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start initially as a way to express yourself creatively? I always thought I’d become a photographer, but as a sort of retirement occupation. A photographer I worked for in Bloemfontein commented on my portfolio at that stage and said he wished he could shoot for pleasure, as he said he could see in my portfolio I had done. To that end I hope that my images will always be first and foremost about expressing myself and with any luck earn me an income at the same time. When did you know you finally “made it” as a professional? I guess the first time I felt that I had made it was when I met someone who knew me through my work before having actually physically been introduced to me. It felt weird when I heard him say “Oh! You’re that Emil von Maltitz – I really like your work.”



PHOTO GR A PH Y Do you remember your first photographic sale? Can you describe the feeling? That’s a tricky one. I’ve had a number of firsts which I’ve been excited about. First commissioned shoot, first art sale, first published image. I still get excited when I see my images in print. I think it was recently when I recognized one of my landscape images being used in a major vehicle magazine advertisement. I was jumping around the house like an absolute loon. Many photographic magazines have applauded you for your versatility in many genres. Tell us more about these genres. Which one holds your interest the most? First and foremost I’m a nature photographer, which means for quite a broad canvas of subjects. Fine art landscape photography is probably the greatest of my passions though. Although I love wildlife photography it’s an extremely difficult field in which to compete. There are a large amount of extremely talented wildlife photographers whose work is well known and respected. This means that I’ve had to try and carve a niche as the ‘new guy’ photographing lesser known subjects, or at least creating imagery that’s different in some way. A large amount of your time is spent running photographic workshops through touring companies like African Impact, African Encounters and Clickety Click as well as Bumz in Beds. Please tell us more. What do you always hope to accomplish with these workshops? Photography has been an all-encompassing and integral part of my life for the past 2 decades (I even met my wife through it). It’s a medium that anyone can take part in and enjoy as well as be good at. I enjoy the interaction with students and it’s

absolutely fantastic when I see images coming out of workshops that I wished I’d taken. The personal growth that I see in some students is phenomenal. You provide imagery to the South African Gallo Images Library, which in turn provide Getty with imagery. Where can more of your images be seen? My web site,, where all images are also available as fine art prints. Then, like many other photographers I also provide stock imagery to Alamy and Photographers Direct in the UK. I’ve also just been signed on as a photographer for Oxford Scientific. This is quite exciting for me as the images that they look for are extremely high-quality nature imagery for educational, textbook and scientific usage, not just images that can be used for the commercial market. In the last year I’ve also become involved with a recently launched South African image library called Glowing Images that aims to provide fine art imagery to the South African public. You also freelance on assignment projects ranging from landscape to nature, from wedding, industrial and events. How do you prepare for these assignments? Each assignment is different, which is wonderful for that sense of being kept on one’s toes. It really depends on what the assignment is. Shooting a wedding is very different to creating images for a brochure for a nature reserve, for instance. Essentially I try to get as much background information on the assignment so that images reflect the nature of the subject that is going to be photographed. If it’s portraiture, I want to be able to convey a sense of the person themselves through the image so that the viewer feels that they know the person who is being

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PHOTO G R A PHY photographed. With animals, lots of time is spent reading up on behavior so that images capture the essential personality of the animal itself. With landscape, knowing the area pays its dues in obtaining great images, so I try to spend time not shooting, but learning the landscape first. What elements do you enjoy most about your professional life? I get to spend each and every day doing what I love. Being able to wake up in the morning and be excited about my job is a dream come true. What elements are less appealing? Lack of any secure income (there’s no such thing as a set salary) and my absolute bane of existence – image processing and keywording. The sad reality is that many professional photographers spend close to 2/3rds of their time in front of a computer processing, key-wording and marketing their material (I’m hoping to find an assistant soon to do this). In the end though it’s worthwhile considering the advantages of the best job on the planet. What quick advice do you have for someone that simply wants to improve his or her photographic skills? First off, use the lowest ISO permissible for a situation. Too many of my students come to workshops to hear for the first time that they shouldn’t be shooting at ISO 1600 for every photograph. Every digital camera has its optimum quality at its base ISO (usually the lowest). Second, and possibly more importantly, create the image, don’t simply take the photograph. Think about what it is you want to show in the image before you even press the button. Then arrange your composition so that this is expressed. Lastly, have patience.



We often get questions from our readers who want to become “professional photographers”. What advice do you have for the person who wants to pursue a career in photography? Is there a key to success in this industry? Perseverance. The difference between an amateur and a successful professional comes down to 1000 rolls of film and passion. I think I’m paraphrasing another photographer when I say 1000 rolls of film. I don’t mean simply going out and shooting 36 000 half decent images. I mean going out and capturing hundreds of world-class images. That takes time and perseverance. Great musicians don’t become masters of music overnight and it’s the same for photographers. A lot of the best professional nature photographers don’t become complacent either. There is always something new to learn and more space to improve one’s imagery. Then there’s the even harder aspect – luck and being in the right place at the right time. Please tell us more about your plans, goals and workshops for 2010. I have a number of new workshops planned through Bumz in Beds ( including landscape master classes in the Magaliesberg and wildlife workshops in several game reserves. I then have a book project planned in the Ixopo region with Glowing Images. Your camera equipment / tools of the trade – any brands that you irrevocably believe in? I quite enjoy using Nikon equipment and have done so for a long time. More than anything it’s the build quality that I appreciate as I am quite rough on my gear. The backwards


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compatibility is also a welcome bonus as a number of my lenses date back to the 80’s (my wildlife big glass is actually a manual focus lens dating back to 1983). I’m also not averse to using my large format Linhof camera though. However this is becoming increasingly more difficult as large format film is becoming harder to obtain and process. If it’s tools in trade I’d probably say that it’s wide angle lenses and a good tripod that are my most important pieces of equipment and are used in about 60% of my images. Are there any other professional photographers in your family? Nope. I’m the only one, but my entire family has an interest in photography right from my mother – who is a professional artist – through to my in-laws who have taken up the pastime passionately. Who in the industry’s work do you admire the most, and why? There are a lot of photographers whose work I admire. Frans Lanting stands out though as I started following his work when I was still in my early teens. His images are works of art in their own right, but it’s in the dedication to obtaining images that capture an intimacy between the photographer and the subject that so fascinates me. Where can the public purchase your work? My fine art prints can be purchased directly from me (, or alternatively a number of them are available through Glowing Images (www.saglowingimages. com). A number of my commercial images are licensed through Gallo Images (, Getty Images ( and soon Oxford Scientific Images ( Can you please share some advice on “painting with light”? Painting with light is actually deceptively easy thanks to the

advent of digital photography. With film one had to worry about the rules of reciprocity, requiring some mental gymnastics in calculating exposure and colour shifts. With digital it’s a matter of keeping the shutter open and playing with light sources. Some previsualisation is essential though. Come with an idea for the image and then ‘paint’ using a torch (LED torches are great because of the fantastic colour that they introduce to the image) or an off the camera flash. For bright lines move in close to the subject (centimeters) and for illuminating large areas move away so that the torch’s beam is like a large brush. The best painting with light images mix ambient light with the painted light, so think about exposures where there is still some dusk light, or else light from the moon, or even streaks of the stars above. If anyone would like more detailed information there is a tutorial on my website and I also dedicate a portion of some of my workshops to teaching this technique. Who played key roles in assisting you to reach your goals? It sounds clichéd, but really it’s my family. My parents have always told me to follow my heart, something you have to do to walk into a career that is absolutely saturated with amazing photographers. My wife has been incredible in supporting me in making the decision to turn my passion into a career. Are there any personal favourite destinations, people or animals you’d still like to photograph in the world, given an opportunity in your hectic schedule? What isn’t there to photograph! I love mountains, so I’d really love to be able to photograph the mountains in Africa, in particular the Ruwenzoris or Mountains of the Moon. •

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A Specialised Wildlife Photography Safari in Southern Africa –

Wim van den heever

Text & Images: Wim van den Heever

Join us on a specialised wildlife photography safari

in Southern Africa. We take up to 6 photographers per safari, joined by top professional wildlife photographer Wim van den Heever, in one of the world’s greatest wildlife destinations where the “Big Five” roam free. Our photographic safaris are conducted in the very best game reserves in South Africa, at carefully selected lodges and camps. For big cat photography, we normally use the famous Sabi Sand game reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park and is South Africa’s top game viewing destination. From June to September we also conduct photographic safaris in Botswana at a number of handpicked locations. The entire safari is dedicated to wildlife photography, and we limit the group



size to ensure that each participant can enjoy unobstructed photography with plenty of space for your equipment. We conduct safaris for photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced professional photographers. Family or friends who are not photographers are also welcome. The safari includes all accommodation, meals, game drives, and workshops. No hidden costs. Equipment can be rented from us by prior arrangement. The workshops and tuition (if required) can be customized to your exact requirements. About your guide and host Professional wildlife photographer, Wim van den Heever, hosts most of our photographic safaris. Wim is one of the top


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wildlife photographers in South Africa, and a popular speaker and workshop leader. He is also a Photoshop expert. To see for yourself why Wim is rated so highly, please visit one of his galleries: African Horizon Photography Wim’s wildlife gallery Wim’s avian gallery Wim’s informal approach brings a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere to the safari. He usually presents daily practical workshops on all aspects of wildlife photography, tailored to your specific needs and interests. In addition, you will receive ongoing tips and instruction during game drives (if required). The safari



includes detailed workshop notes for you to take home. Wim never uses artificial setups and captive animals to get great photographs. All his photos were taken in the wild, and we take the same approach on our photographic safaris. Anyone can go to a zoo or endangered wildlife centre to photograph Africa’s most magnificent animals. On our safaris, you will encounter these animals in their natural habitat and go home with authentic photographs. In particular, the Sabi Sand is known for its excellent leopard viewing, but you can also expect to see and photograph lions, elephants, giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hippos and various antelope species. If you are lucky, you may find rhino, cheetah, wild dog, hyena and more. Botswana is known for its elephants, predators and large herds of animals


that congregate at the waterholes in the dry season. Some feedback from a recent client: Dear Wim and Onne, Thank you so much for making my trip to Greater Kruger the trip of a lifetime. You both made it all so fun and hassle free, everything from the organisation of the trip to the safari itself was a breeze. Oh, and what a safari. Never did I imagine that we would see so much wildlife, not to mention seeing them so close (one leopard in particular!). Wim, you taught me so much about photography, I really can’t thank you enough. I look at the images I took with you and the silly little grin (you know, the one that was on my face for 4 days solid) is back. Thank you for

making sure we were in just the right place to take all those amazing photos - I still can’t believe I took some of them! To now have the skills to capture the emotion of a moment is something I will always treasure. I would not have wanted to spend my first photographic safari with anyone else. I can’t wait to come back to Africa and another Wild Wings Safari! Amanda Bodero, Canada Departure dates and costs: Our photographic safaris do not have scheduled departures, and we will be happy to design a customized photo safari to suit your dates and budget. Prices can range from $400 up to $1400 per day, depending on the destination and number of

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people in your group. Photo safaris conducted at a private game lodge in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve generally work out more expensive than a similar safari in the Kruger National Park, with standard bungalow accommodation. We add no booking fees. Our rates include your accommodation (at a discounted rate), private vehicle fee, and professional photographer’s fees. Highlights: Hosted by master photographer Wim van den Heever. Luxury accommodation. Small groups with personal tuition (if required). Practical workshops for all skill levels.



Carefully selected destinations. Top game viewing and wildlife photography opportunities. Game drives with open vehicles. Customised tours possible. Any duration. Professional Canon and Nikon equipment available for rent. For further details regarding these awesome safaris trips or to gain expert advice or to purchase Wim’s magnificent photographs, please contact Wim van den Heever directly on: Tel: +27 12 348 3693 Email: Website: •


Image: Emil Von Maltitz

with your values

ALIGN YOUR SPORT Make sure throughout your sport career that nobody has to figure out who you are. It is a matter of creating your own personal brand. And like any strong brand, you have to back it up by what you do. As Roman emperors knew, the people might complain about taxes when they gathered in the circus, but they soon shut up once the chariots began the race. Like all complex human activities, sports also have their own internal politics, with arguments over who sets the rules, gets the perks and awards the prizes.

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Field Target

Shooting becoming very popular in south africa Field Target (FT) has been described as being the “Formula One” of air rifle shooting and no wonder –the top air rifles can reach prices in excess of R40000. Field Target is a sport that started in Great Britain in the early 1980’s. It was originally intended to be a form of “simulated hunting” where competitors could not only hone their shooting skills but also compete on a friendly basis with other like-minded individuals. This is a sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Text & Images: Marius van Schalkwyk

Field Target consists of shooting at metal targets shaped like some of the most common vermin species to be found in the world. Targets are usually represented by life-size silhouettes of Rats, Rabbits, Squirrels, Crows, Bats and Pigeons. Each target has a hole that’s normally 40mm in diameter. The objective is to shoot a pellet into that 40mm hole at varying distances between 10 and 50 metres. Just to make life difficult for the shooter, the range to the target has to be estimated at the firing line, as none of the distances are known in advance and he/she needs to compensate for natural elements 152


sport like the wind, as well. To further complicate matters, the “killzone” on a target can be smaller... 13mm up to 20m, 20mm to 30m and 30mm to 40m. When a shot is fired correctly, the pellet will strike a plate behind the target causing it to fall over and a point is scored. If it doesn’t, then the target is deemed to be missed. Once hit, the target is simply reset by pulling on a string that’s wound out to the firing point Field Target was started in South Africa by Jaco Human, Nick Roets, Mike Potgieter, Ziggy Liebner, and Cobus Lewis, around 2003 and despite this short time span, South Africa excelled at the last four World Championships. South Africa achieved 2nd place overall in their very first World Championship, which took place in Poland in 2006. In 2007, SA won 3rd place in America and again 2nd place in Northern Ireland in 2008. This year South Africa again finished 2nd to England. Through the efforts of the SAFTAA Committee, under the leadership of Johan Jansen, who is currently the chairman of both SAFTAA (South African Field Target Airgun Association) and the WFTF (World Field Target Federation), South Africa was selected to host the 2009 World Field Target Championships. The 2009 World Field Target Championships were held at Mutango Lodge north east of Pretoria over the period 25 – 27 September. This was the first time that the Worlds were hosted outside of Great Britain/Europe/the USA. The event was organised by the South African Field Target Airgun Association (SAFTAA), with sponsorship from the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality. Entries were received from eleven countries, with seven international teams competing in the team event. South African athletes again excelled in this event, with our Protea team finishing second, only 21 points (out of 600) behind England. Germany finished third with Wales in a close fourth. The English team members have a combined experience of over sixty years in field target shooting, compared to our Protea team’s less than fifteen years. In the individual open class two English shooters finished in joint first place, with James Woodhead winning the shoot-out against John Costello and becoming the 2009 World Champion. Two Proteas, David Combrink and Hennie Breytenbach achieved the joint second highest scores in this class. Our juniors took all the top places with Francois du Toit from WP becoming the 2009 Junior World Champion. In the Ladies class SA also took the top five places with Erica Fourie (last year’s third place winner) becoming the 2009 World Ladies champion. Alan Keyser of SA became the 2009 Veteran class winner. In the springer class another South African World Champion was crowned – Sean Orsmond won this event, finishing one point ahead of Paul James from England. Adrian Smuts of SA finished first in the Veteran class for springer. The 2009 World Field Target Championships was an unqualified success, and our international guests hailed it as the best Worlds event ever. They say that South Africa has raised the bar as far as the World Championships are concerned, and that this standard would be difficult to match in future. The 2010 World Field Target Championships will be held in Hungary, and

our SA shooters aim to improve even further upon the excellent results that we achieved this year. Two South African youngsters ie. Francois du Toit, a 14 year old scholar at Vrijzee High School in Parow, Western Cape and Lindy van Schalkwyk, a 12 year old scholar at Eversdal Primary School in Durbanville, Western Cape, also participated in the 2009 World Field Target Championships, which is proof of the interest in the sport, that exists among young shooters. As mentioned above, although Francois is only 14 years of age, he was crowned as the U17 South African champion earlier this year and also became the U17 World Champion for 2009. As if this was not enough he achieved 21st place overall. This is a truly remarkable achievement and he is definitely knocking on the door for Protea colours in 2010. Lindy van Schalkwyk started with air rifle shooting when she was only 9 years of age and immediately indicated signs that she can hit the killzone on the targets. All newcomers to the FT sport in South Africa are encouraged to start in the NFT (Novice Field Target) division, which is more lenient towards new shooters to the sport, due to the fact that new shooters gets 1 point for a hit on the face plate of the targets and 2 points for a knockdown of the target. Bi-Pods are further allowed to be used by all youngsters under the age of 13 to support the air rifle. Although this is a very popular division, shooters can unfortunately not obtain their Provincial colours, neither qualify to participate in the National Trials to have a change to obtain Protea colours. To

obtain Protea colours, shooters needs to shoot in the open Field Target class. After shooting for about 2 years, Lindy indicated to her dad, that she would like to participate in the open FT leagues, so as to have the opportunity to obtain her Provincial Colours. This was even more strongly supported when one of the adult shooters at the league shoots admitted to her dad that, quote “it is becoming embarrassing to shoot with Lindy” due to the fact that this 11 year girl was shooting far higher scores (on average 10 to 20 point better) than a man’s ego goes. As is the case with all shooting that starts in the big leagues, Lindy started in the Issue 5 / 2010


sport bottom D-Class and after she obtained her gold medal, moved into the C-Class after only three months. Lindy is currently also competing against all other open class shooters and not in her age group. Although Lindy has not qualified for her provincial colours as yet (Provincial colours is only issued in March every year), she achieved 86th place overall in the recent worlds and was only 2 shots behind the German shooting partner that shot with her on the last day. Lindy will still be able to shoot another 4 years in this age category and we will follow her career with great interest. What makes Francois and Lindy’s achievement so remarkable is that they had to endure very tough environmental shooting conditions i.t.o., wind, rain, cold, heat and the fact that

the shooting course, (1,4km long), was laid out in mountainous terrain with 50 targets that had to be shot per day, over a three day period. Although the sport is relatively new in South Africa, Field Target has grown extremely fast in the last couple of years and there are currently clubs all over South Africa. This is, to a large extent, due to the fact that no license is required for air rifles in South Africa. One is, however, bound by the rules as stipulated under the Fire Arms Control Act of South Africa, which indicate that no air rifle may be fired within a residential area. Therefore, to find a club near you or if you would like to become involved in this exciting sport, please visit the SAFTAA website at •

The South African Field Target Airgun Association:

who we are


The Air Arms distributors in South Africa, together with local enthusiasts, initiated Field Target in South Africa during November 2002. A meeting was called and air rifle field target shooting was born in South Africa. Pioneers like Jaco Human, Nick Roets, Mike Potgieter, Ziggy Liebner, and Cobus Lewis, together with Air Arms started to introduce field target on shows and presented competitions and team building exercises. During 2003 a few clubs where formed, Pretoria Field Target, Leeuwkop Field target (Midrand) and one in Boksburg. Wolwehoek Field Target (Sasolburg) was formed in 2004.These clubs joined forces, compiled and penned the rules and constitution and assisted other like minded people to establish other clubs. During August 2003 Air Arms and SA Hunters received a visit from four United Kingdom shooters and the first non-official international competition was held. They shared their knowledge and experience with the participants and a healthy relationship developed with long lasting friendships and camaraderie being established on international level. At the start of 2005 a meeting was called to consolidate the individual clubs, interested and affected parties, to form the South African Field Target Airgun Association (SAFTAA). SAFTAA in its wisdom has taken the decision to associate itself to the South African Air Rifle Association (SAARA) to promote field target amongst other disciplines but also gain formal recognition from the South African Shooting Sport Federation (SASSF). SAFTAA is the National Governing Body (NGB) for South Africa with the World Field Target Federation (WFTF), the body that governs World Field Target Championships. The WFTF currently has 22 member countries (NGB’s) affiliated to it.

Kwa-Zulu Natal and Free State, with a further seven FT Clubs joined SAFTAA.

Current ranking During the 2006 World Cup Field target competition held in Poland, South Africa achieved a 2nd place overall. In 2007 our Protea Shooting Team finished 3rd in Pulaski, Tennessee, and this year 2nd again in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Present SAFTAA executive committee:

Growth rates 2006 saw the founding of additional clubs in the sport. Alberton Ft, Wonderboom and Airgun Fanatix (AGF) in Benoni. The most dynamic club being AGF, with an astonishing growing membership. During 2007 Dirt Ryders Club was established, and in 2008 three new provinces, namely Western Province,

Secretary – Nadene Richter – 083 309-8868 (West Rand)


Youth development Wonderboom FT club is the leader in this regard. They actively promote participation by youth from all cultural backgrounds. Their monthly club events cater strongly for youthful participation. They have a very strong base of junior shooters. So dedicated are they to the development of young shooters, that they have actually based their club on the Wonderboom High School grounds in Tshwane ( Pretoria ). During 2008 the Voortrekkerhoogte High School were also recruited for the development of young shooters from especially the previously disadvantaged communities. The school and parents have limited funds available, and SAFTAA has submitted a request to the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality for financial assistance to buy more rifles for use by the school (on loan from SAFTAA). World championships Thanks to the high standard of competency amongst our shooters and excellent track record at International events, South Africa has been awarded the World Championship for 2009. This World Championship event will be held in the Tshwane region over a three day period from 25 to 27 September 2009. We are expecting excellent international and local press coverage, as has been the norm at all the international based events to date. This will be a major opportunity for us to showcase the sport in Tshwane and develop it both internationally and locally.

Chairman – Johan Jansen – 083 305-8943 (Centurion) Vice Chairman – Gerhard Strydom - 084 510-1413 (Heidelberg)

Technical Officer – Errol Mann - 082 322-9031 (West Rand) Treasurer – Allan Riedel - 083 632-5286 (East Rand)

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A safe, healthy home is a gift and a powerful haven of blessed refuge from the battles of daily life. If it is to be enjoyed to the full, the furniture of any particular period or place needs to be seen in the broader context of its relationship to other periods and other places. A home reflects the owner’s personality. It means different things to different people. All have memories of a home or place we grow up in, and sometimes these early influences hold the clues to the way we live now and what we have become. Perhaps we remember the smell of floor polish, the colour of a wall, the view from a window, or family gatherings for special occasions. The apple tree just outside the backdoor. The Big rare lavender tree you could see and smell through the main bedroom’s window. The Cole-stove in the big kitchen with the smell of coffee in the one pot and rooibos-tea in the other; where nice family time was spend. But what are the things that make up a home? Is it our choice of furniture, or is it the way it ‘feels’, something much more enigmatic? Does it vary from one generation to another, one country to another, and is it affected by fashion, by economics or by technology? The place that you live in must be a place that you can grow and move around in, until its name ‘HOME’ is called out with love; a place where memories are made; a place where roots are establish; a place of love and care. A place that whenever you leave there, you would sing homesick songs about it, and write poems of yearning for it.

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antique MUST HAVES

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Below: A pair of 17th Century Chinese Armchairs (Ming Dynasty) carved from tropical hardwood and fitted with decorative metalwork reinforcing the joints. Price on request. Available at Global Heritage

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Above: A collection of antique silverware. Individual items’ prices available on request. Left: Plain sterling silver sugar caster London R4 250; Sterling silver pierced shaped bon bon dish, 1903 Birmingham R4 690. All items available at Read’s, Johannesburg.

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A home brimming with ageless statements objects d’art… Text: One-Seventy Seven Décor Interior Company Images: Michael Maherry

Jan Oosthuizen and André Ebersohn from One-

Seventy Seven Décor Interior Company created a wonderful retreat for themselves in one of Pretoria’s oldest suburbs. Young, brave and creative in the years since they bought the property they’ve stripped it down to its drawers, ruthlessly ripping out walls that restrained life within it and bringing airiness and light and laughter and filling it with timeless objects d’art that lends a wonderful antique chique ambience to their home. They are a lot



like talent scouts who spot supermodel potential in grocery-store clerks. They have put in a clean-lined pool and created a garden that beckons the visitor to unwind and enjoy the splendid views. They created space by the clever introduction of floor length mirrors and wooden paneled doors, opening onto their outside patio area, letting the light and warmth spill into their home. Pure luxe and a confident knowledge of design and space are at the heart of this grand, but remarkable unpretentious home.

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The owners created a luxurious and warm living environment to be enjoyed by everyone that enters this space. Their seemingly X-ray vision cuts through the hype, or lack thereof, as they judge whether an object has what it takes to become an antiques superstar. They have the ability to spot beauty and history in centuries-old clay crocks, rusty barndoor hardware, and painted furniture caked in layers of dirt, all affordable because their value wasn’t completely understood. Today, the interior duo hunt for furnishings from all periods and styles that they believe has both staying power and potential for financial growth. Looks that grab them? Hold the rosettes and ruffle carvings. They’re looking for spare elegance devoid of decoration, which describes both a crystal-clear Lucite chair and a Lancaster County Amish quilt. They’re aiming for fresh, classic beauties with potential for long-term growth in the far-off future—or, at least, to avoid depreciation. And it’s their proven ability to pluck pretty pieces out of obscurity that turned them into Antique favourite appraisers. But how to predict whether a particular style has the power to endure? “Good design doesn’t have to be old, but it has to reflect the period in which it was made,” says Jan. “Great new forms, some very beautiful things, are being created right now or were made in the last 50 years.” To spot emerging trends, the designers keep an eye on museum exhibitions, auction prices, and recently released design books that catalog new discoveries and current scholarship. So what’s still affordable? They identify undervalued styles and periods worth investigating. TIPS FOR RECOGNIZING GENUINE ANTIQUES Follow this advice to learn how to distinguish between true antiques and reproductions. The best way to learn about the look of genuine antiques is to study them carefully in an antiques shop, at an auction or at a collector’s home. Look closely at different styles and pieces, observing their construction, details and finishes. A number of characteristics give good indications of a piece’s age. Most antiques aren’t completely uniform in colour. The top is often lighter than the rest of the piece because of fading due to sun exposure. Conversely, recesses and other hidden parts may be darker. The top of a piece of antique furniture should show signs of normal wear such as water marks, rings or stains. Rounded or softened edges are another key indicator. You may also notice some separation between joined boards. The feet should not be perfect. A piece that is several decades old generally shows some softening or staining from exposure to water or dents, dings and chips -- the result of bumps from brooms, sweepers etc. The hardware and the wood immediately around it should show more wear than other parts of the wood. Screws should be single-slotted, not Phillips head. Metal hardware may show signs of having been hand-tooled. Pull out drawers and inspect the underside for signs of wear on the runners. Pay close attention to unstained areas of the wood, which should have turned slightly brown with age. Most reproductions aren’t made with the intention of fooling anyone into believing they’re antiques. Manufacturers may duplicate an antique’s style or look, but with modern methods



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Contact One – Seventy Seven Décor - Interior Tel / Fax: +27 12 362 0862 Jan Oosthuizen +27 82 440 5830 André Ebersohn +27 82 775 0038

TIPS FOR COLLECTING 1. Do not buy anything the first year What you buy at the beginning of the year would not even resemble what you purchase at the end of that year. Over the course of the year, look, ask questions and learn. Your eye will become more trained in everything from line and proportion to patina and construction. You will be a more sophisticated buyer and make a much smarter choice at the end of the first year of your education. 2. Learn why something is valuable While every good dealer and auction house will stand behind the things they sell, you should learn about authenticity because it can help you know what makes a piece “period” and why the object is valuable. Take the time to learn and enjoy the process. If you make smart decisions, you will make smart investments. 3. Ask questions Do not be intimidated. If you do not ask, you will not learn. Good dealers love to teach about pieces because then you will recognize why one object is mediocre and one is great; this helps you to understand price structures and value. Know that smart dealers recognize smart buyers. Your knowledge will help you obtain a quality piece at a fair price. And if you find something priced too good to be true, it probably is. By the time you see that object, dozens of dealers and collectors have already turned it down. 4. Go to the best dealers Don’t worry if you can’t afford a single item at the top dealer. The best antique shops will have the best examples of merchandise with the best teachers to help you understand why an object is great. If you only expose yourself to mediocre material in any medium, you will only understand mediocrity, never superior material. Always push yourself up in the market, not down. 5. Go to museums Go to museums and pay attention—reading the descriptions, taking the tour, and asking questions. Don’t float through thinking about the laundry you forgot to throw into the dryer or the cat food you need to pick up in the way home. Just lose yourself for a little while and take it in. You don’t need to spend the day - just an hour or two every now and then will do. Your eye will see the best of the best examples. If you read the descriptions, your brain will understand why these are the best. And slowly, you will begin to distinguish a really great object from a mediocre one just from sight and exposure. 6. Read Read books, magazines, museum catalogues, auction catalogues, descriptions in shops. Read it all. Soon you will recognize who actually knows something and who just



gets paid to write. Then read information only from those who know something and you, too, will begin to learn. One of the best books written about furniture is “The New Fine Points of Furniture” by Albert Sack. Sack uses photographs and text to illustrate the differences in quality, which include comparisons of good, better, best, superior and masterpiece. You will learn about line, proportion and carving even if you are not particularly interested in American furniture. 7. Decide your tactics You must make decisions as you embark on this endeavour. Will you collect quality antiques that will appreciate in value? Or are you going to decorate first and buy things that appear to be antique? It is fine to decorate in an “antique manner,” if that is your priority. Just don’t fool yourself on the availability, quality and value of the pieces you are buying. 8. Decide how to spend your money You either buy one really great investment-level period piece per year knowing that it will appreciate consistently or you buy several mediocre pieces knowing that over the course of several generations they will appreciate somewhat. Keep in mind you can always upgrade as your means increase. However, there is nothing wrong with buying altered or out-of-period pieces as long as you don’t think you are making phenomenal investments. Do not expect the same appreciation rate for altered or out-of-period material that you expect for period, authentic material. It will never happen. 9. Get a written bill of sale You should get the bill of sale in writing for many reasons. It is a legal transaction, and you should have a record. Keep a written description for your records. Where, when and from whom the piece was purchased is valuable to know. Ask the dealer to offer you some sort of means to help you sell the piece. While some pieces appreciate so that a dealer can’t afford to buy the piece outright from you again, a dealer can help you sell it privately or via consignment. In any form, this assistance tells you that the dealer believes in the item’s integrity and value. 10. Learn to care for what you have Condition is one of the important factors as a piece ages. Not only do you want pieces that are unaltered, you want pieces that have been well preserved. Many sources, such as books, dealers and museums, can give you information on learning to care for your antiques. Always have artwork “museum mounted” with acid-free paper, and never use any spray substance on antique furniture. A dry cloth or lamb’s wool duster is all you need. •




For the discerning motorist, the ultimate in different motoring pleasure is available today. There are motors that offer a high level of comfort and ensure dynamic conversion of engine power into driving performance and motoring pleasure. These days they added even more features to help you enjoy the trip. Like full leather upholstery, electric sliding doors, key driving refinements such as cruise control and a six-speed gearbox. All to make sure that you enjoy a surprisingly stimulating ride. You have a choice of just a vehicle to drive with, or pure luxury. Issue 5 / 2010




unveils details of the all-new

BMW Z4 sDrive35is Text & Images: BMW South Africa




BMW has unveiled the details of a new flagship

model to the BMW Z4 range, the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. This offering has an even higher standard of performance ensured both by the modified straight-six power unit with BMW Twin Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection, on the one hand, and by BMW’s seven-speed Sport Automatic with double clutch operation and the M Sports Package including the adaptive M Suspension likewise featured as standard. Appropriate optimisation in engine technology increases maximum output of the 3.0-litre power unit to 250 kW, whilst peak torque is 450Nm, increasing briefly with the Overboost function to 500Nm. And parallel to the market launch of this high-performance roadster, will be the M Sports Package made available for all derivatives of the Z4 roadster.

Combining classic proportions with modern features, the BMW Z4 Roadster enjoys the top spot in its market segment. Now, the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is distills the Roadster’s performance potential to produce one of BMW’s fastest and best-handling Roadsters ever. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is making its world debut as a 2011 model at the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. It arrives at authorized BMW Centers in Spring 2010. More air, boost, and torque: More BMW performance. The latest Z4 model is characterized by instantaneous response to the accelerator pedal, fantastic sounds, and a free-revving spirit. The engine features increased air intake flow and increased boost pressure to release more power with

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MOTOR I NG the same standard of efficiency. The combination of twin lowmass turbochargers and High Precision direct injection offers an output a naturally-aspirated engine would only be able to provide through more cylinders and larger displacement. The turbocharger system developed for the engine of the new BMW Z4 sDrive35is maintains a high output throughout the

which combines twin turbochargers with High Precision direct injection. The fuel injectors operate at a pressure of up to 200 bar (2900 psi), distributing fuel in a conical spray pattern throughout the combustion chamber. Another advantage of direct fuel injection is its cooling effect, which allows higher compression while reducing the possibility of detonation.

entire engine speed range. Nominal peak torque is increased to 332 lb-ft from 1,500 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Maximum output of 335 hp is delivered at 5,900 rpm.

Further technologies offered under the BMW EfficientDynamics philosophy include Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, and on-demand operation of engine accessory units.

Overboost function for athletic acceleration. The enhanced engine management system of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is includes an electronically-controlled overboost function to briefly increase torque under full load by another 37 lb-ft. This temporary torque peak of 369 lb-ft gives the car a significant increase in acceleration. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is will complete the sprint from a standstill to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds (preliminary). Top speed of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155 mph.

Signature engine sound to accompany the surge of power. The exhaust system of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is has been tuned specifically for this model. Acoustic engineering gives the car a very unique sound pattern across the speed range. This tuned sound is the result of special baffles and a unique set of mufflers. The sound is characterized by a deep rumble with a focus on the low frequency sound range.

High Precision direct injection and BMW Efficient Dynamics. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is offers outstanding power and performance without an increase in fuel consumption or emissions. Its figures are expected to match those of the BMW Z4 sDrive35i with Double-Clutch Transmission on the EPA test cycle. This balance of performance and fuel efficiency results from the fundamental design and layout of the BMW inline-6,



Enhanced Electric Power Steering. Electric Power Steering (EPS) on the BMW Z4 sDrive35is features very sporty programming, focused to provide intense and clear steering feedback to the driver. This enables the driver to turn-in with remarkable precision and confidence at all vehicle speeds. 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission with special programming. The standard 7-speed Double-Clutch Transmission (DCT) in

MOTOR I NG the BMW Z4 sDrive35is combines the best in driving dynamics and efficiency. A highlight is the dual-mass flywheel, configured for the higher levels of power and performance. The DCT can shift gears without the slightest interruption of power to the rear tires, and offers a choice of automatic or manual gear selection. The programming of the DCT has been tailored to complement the sporty nature of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is at every level. When

a striking front bumper with a matte aluminum trim bar in each outer air intake, a rear bumper with accentuated surrounds on the tailpipes, and a rear diffuser finished at top in body color and black textured surface underneath.

shifting gears manually or within the SPORT and SPORT+ modes of the Z4’s standard Driving Dynamics Control, the transmission offers an exciting experience through faster gearshifts and a greater increase in torque before shifting. The DCT also features a Launch Control function for maximum performance when accelerating from a standstill. The DCT is controlled by an electronic gear selector on the center console and comes with gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.

Inside the BMW Z4 sDrive35is, the driving experience is enhanced by features such as a new thick-rimmed M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, an M driver’s footrest, and sport seats. Grey-faced instrument dials feature the “sDrive35is” model designation. Further features inside the Z4 sDrive35is are the Anthracite-colored BMW Individual roof lining, M door sill strips, floor mats with colored piping and the “sDrive35is” model designation, as well as M interior trim in Aluminum Carbon. The new Aluminum Carbon trim features the recognizable “weave” of natural carbon fiber interpreted on a matte aluminum base. The range of leather upholstery is being further enhanced by an additional color variant marking the launch of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is: All versions of the Z4 Roadster are now also available in Kansas Walnut leather as an option. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is is available with a choice of six paintwork colors. In addition to Alpine White and the metallic colors Titanium Silver, Black Sapphire, Space Grey, and Deep Sea Blue, the Z4 Roadster is now available for the first time in Melbourne Red metallic. Regardless of the color chosen, the exterior mirror caps on the BMW Z4 sDrive35is are always Oxide Silver. •

M Sport upgrades to match the new engine’s performance. The BMW Z4 sDrive35is includes new M Sport upgrades such as M Aerodynamics and adaptive M Suspension. The adaptive M Suspension combines a ride-height reduction of 10 millimeters (almost 0.4”) with electronically controlled shock absorbers (Dynamic Damping Control) to improve the vehicle’s agility without compromising ride comfort. The M Sport upgrades emphasize the Z4’s athletic character through aerodynamically optimized exterior features and customized interior components. Special 18-inch light-alloy wheels in fivespoke design round off the sporty character of the Z4 sDrive35is. 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available as an option. In addition to its unique wheels, the new model is further distinguished by

Sport interior enhancements and new Kansas Walnut leather.

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The MINI beachcomber concept MINI MINI crosses borders, enters new dimensions

of driving pleasure, and wins over additional target groups. Once again, MINI achieves all this by consistently expanding the model range and through the unconventional creativity of MINI design. Just a few months prior to the launch of the brand’s fourth model announced for autumn 2010, MINI is now demonstrating its potential for further enhancement of driving pleasure and diversity through another spectacular concept car: the concept of a brand-new type of vehicle proudly presented by MINI at the North American International Auto Show (16–24 January 2010) in Detroit. The MINI Beachcomber Concept is a four-seater concept car designed consistently for maximum driving pleasure, taking up the enhanced options of the new MINI and combining these potentials with the vision of a radically open body concept. ALL4 all-wheel drive and the variable interior give the MINI Beachcomber Concept abilities absolutely ideal for a spontaneous and active experience of freedom and leisure time. The potential offered by the car’s modern drivetrain technology and space concept is used here to the greatest possible extent to ensure a highly emotional driving experience. Hence, the MINI Beachcomber Concept consistently does without doors, a conventional roof and all other body elements, which might possibly limit the intensity of the occupants’ encounter with their surrounding world. This makes the driver and up to three passengers one harmonious entity communicating directly with their surroundings – whether cruising through town, enjoying rough tracks in the mountains, or breezing along the beach. The MINI Beachcomber Concept combines all-wheel drive

with cutting-edge suspension technology, numerous body elements serving to make the car extra-strong and robust, as well as an elevated seating position. Generous spring travel and extra-large light-alloy wheels raise the entire car to a higher level. The driver and passengers will also enjoy the driving pleasure created by this concept in everyday traffic under regular motoring conditions. MINI entering new terrain – with a fourth model and a complete range of innovative ideas for the ongoing future. The MINI Beachcomber Concept symbolises the elementary values of the brand in new, radical style – and at the same time the new model continues the current development of the MINI range in a particularly attractive manner. Within just ten years after the re-launch of the brand, the fourth version of the MINI is now set to enter the market. As a unique crossover in the typical style of the brand, the new model offers a fascinating re-interpretation of that typical MINI design, with the functional convenience of four doors, four fullsize seats, a variable interior, and a unique standard of driving pleasure now to be enjoyed for the first time also beyond the beaten track thanks to newly developed all-wheel drive. The new production model now available from MINI goes far beyond the realms of urban mobility, inspiring the MINI designers to enhance that unmistakable MINI feeling by adding further facets never seen before. Creating the MINI Beachcomber Concept, therefore, they are taking up the technical and concept qualities of the production model announced for autumn 2010, offering the ultimate expression of freedom in a car on this basis. The result is a new, incomparably open concept for a Issue 5 / 2010


MOTOR I NG driving experience for all your senses, plus a degree of versatility greater than ever experienced before in discovering and enjoying new terrain. The MINI Beachcomber Concept therefore allows the driver and passengers to actively live out their personal style, just like a kitesurfer, wakeboarder or triathlete is magically attracted to the hot spots of beach life the world over. Through its robust and versatile character, the MINI Beachcomber Concept furthermore follows in the footsteps of the Mini Moke, which, back in the 1960s, quickly became the epitome of adventurous motoring in your leisure time and in sports activities in sunny coastal regions. Unique, typical of MINI, and with a great role model from way back when. The MINI Beachcomber Concept is the vision of a car leaving behind all conventional standards and creating innovative momentum for individual mobility of the future. The combination of traction optimised by all-wheel drive for excursions beyond the beaten track, on the one hand, and an extreme focus on

motoring in the open air, on the other, is quite unprecedented in the world of the automobile. The body of the Mini Moke, as it was called, was made up of hardly more than a floorpan, wide sills at the side, the engine compartment lid and the windscreen. A folding roof served – more or less – to protect the driver and passengers from precipitation. The MINI Beachcomber Concept now projects the principle of the Mini Moke into the 21st century. The rustic appearance of the car and its consistent concept of consciously reducing the body components and interior to a minimum clearly follow the tradition of the radically open Mini Moke back in the 1960s. This is indeed further accentuated by design language strongly inspired by the Mini Moke and enhanced by various striking details such as the characteristic radiator grille. It goes without saying that the new model meets all modern demands in terms of space and comfort, efficiency and safety, while nevertheless retaining its clear focus on driving pleasure in direct contact with the surroundings. Even ALL4 all-wheel drive goes back to a role model from the past, to be precise a prototype Mini Moke fitted by Alec Issigonis with two engines in 1963. On this test car appropriately referred to as the “Twini”, the front and rear wheels were driven in each case by a four-cylinder from the Mini range of engines.



Extreme variability for all kinds of activities, weather and road conditions. Single seats at the rear adjusting fore-and-aft as required and with backrests folding down completely offer the passengers a supreme standard of grand touring comfort tailored to their individual requirements and allow appropriate adjustment of transport capacities for all needs. In practice, this means that the driver and passengers are able to conveniently stow even bulky sports equipment such as mountain bikes or wakeboards securely held in position by special fastening systems. When open, the MINI Beachcomber Concept is also able to carry extra-long objects such as surfboards without the slightest problem. Fastened firmly to the lateral support, surfboards fit conveniently into the car, sticking out at the top on the way to the beach. Flexible protection from wind and weather: soft roof or hardtop inserts. The MINI Beachcomber Concept is built for the sunny side of life and is simply perfect for spontaneous action. Through its optimum flexibility, the car is able to meet all kinds of different requirements, naturally coping with any sudden change in exterior conditions. The soft roof coming off the body completely and folding up into a compact unit offers particularly convenient and, at the same time, effective protection from rain and weather. Whenever required, the roof may be drawn over the car within a few instants like a tonneau cover on a boat, fastening conveniently on the windscreen frame, the rear panel and the side openings. The lashing points holding the roof in position are equally strong, stable and user-friendly, with the four entry points and the rear door opening and closing easily when the roof is in place, naturally keeping out draughts and water from outside. As a further option for reliable protection even in bad weather, the MINI Beachcomber Concept is available with accurately fitting plastic inserts on the roof, at the sides and at the rear. Made of an extra-light plastic material, these robust inserts carry over the principle of the removable hardtop to the doors and the luggage compartment lid of the car. And again in the interest of clear design and superior convenience, the inserts come flush with the body of the MINI Beachcomber Concept. The door elements maintain their defined position through their firm connection to the opening points and the A- and D-pillars. They are likewise transparent at the top to provide good visibility to the outside, with the rear element held firmly in position through its contact to the left door element, the rear body panel at the right, and the loading sill. The hardtop as such is connected to the windscreen frame at the front and rests in special mounts on the rollover crossbar. Precisely arranged connections joining the hardtop with the side and rear elements keep the entire structure extremely strong and stable, the appropriate connection being unfastened in each case when opening a door. Typical MINI design, re-interpreted and concentrating on the essential. Thanks to its clear design language, the body of the MINI Beachcomber Concept concentrating on the essential leaves no doubts that this is a genuine MINI. Unmistakable design elements reminiscent of the brand stand out clearly at first sight. And like on the MINI Crossover Concept presented for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in autumn 2008, the new model clearly reflects the ongoing process of MINI design

MOTOR I NG and the introduction of MINI design language in a new type of vehicle. Indeed, both the smooth and firm design of the body and proportions typical of MINI show once again that this is clearly a member of the range. The extra-wide body frame even encompassing the wheel arches and extending down to the road emphasises the robust flair and character of this all-wheel-drive concept study. And thanks to greater ground clearance, the advantage of short overhangs front and rear comes out even more on rough terrain, allowing a particularly large ramp angle for even the toughest requirements. Extending to the front in a dynamic sweep, the entire front section of the car is angled towards the road. The engine compartment lid is powerfully chiseled, the powerdome with its integrated air insert symbolising the outstanding muscle and performance of the turbocharged engine within the car. The hexagon radiator grille again so typical of MINI comes with contour lines carried over directly from the front look of the Mini Moke. With its vertical position, three robust crossbars and additional integrated headlights, the radiator grille gives the MINI Beachcomber Concept particularly powerful and convincing presence. The large, three-dimensional headlight units integrated in the engine compartment lid as a new interpretation of a characteristic design feature also boast a striking look. Accentuated by the classy chrome frame, the headlights follow the contours of the engine compartment lid and wheel arches, again confirming the increase in stature and spaciousness over the MINI models available so far. A large air intake at the bottom and foglamps moved far to the outside, finally, round off the front view of the car again in that unique style so typical of MINI. Side view: new combination of robust strength and lightweight look. Extending far into the side of the car, the headlights additionally emphasise the short front overhang. The powerfully designed wheel arches on the MINI Beachcomber Concept boast large 17-inch light-alloy wheels and off-road tyres with a rough tread. Massive side-sills along the front and rear entry points interact with the dark body frame to add a further touch of robustness, while the free view offered into the interior emphasises the lightness and agility of this concept car. Stylised push button elements around the entry point, like on the MINI Moke, indicate the option to fit a simple and straightforward cover for bad weather. The actual fastening and adjustment points for the soft roof, on the other hand, are not even visible from outside. The graphic look of the rear end is formed in particular by the asymmetric design of the luggage compartment, the door element on the left and the storage case fitted on the outside symbolising the superior versatility of the car while the open section on the left emphasises the lightness and spontaneous functionality of the entire concept. The interior design of the MINI Beachcomber Concept likewise focuses on maximum driving pleasure in the great outdoors. Extra features added to the car as well as appropriate and conscious reduction to the minimum versus the existing models in the MINI range serve also within the interior to focus on the essential. The Center Speedo comes in that typical MINI design, comprising the usual display for navigation and audio functions. With the MINI Beachcomber Concept being intended

primarily for driving in the open air, the number of air vents has been reduced in the interest of additional loudspeakers on the HiFi system as well as special instruments for off-road motoring. These additional instruments are indeed spherical in shape, reminiscent of the displays in the cockpit of an aircraft. A liquid-sprung compass fitted to the left of the steering wheel consistently tells the driver whether he is going the right way and moving in the right direction. A further special instrument to the right of the steering wheel, finally, presents an artificial horizon showing the angle of the car around its longitudinal and transverse axis. Strongly contoured seats and an additional handle on the front passenger’s side optimise driving pleasure on rough terrain. Open-pore footmats allowing a good view of the floorpan characterise the robust ambience of the car as well as the stitching seams on the seats matched specifically to this concept car. Center Rail with new features: everything the sportsman needs at your disposal at all times.

The Center Rail already presented in the MINI Crossover Concept plays a particularly important role in the new model. Extending from the instrument panel all the way to the luggage compartment, this fastening rail connects the front seats with the rear, emphasising the common driving experience enjoyed by the occupants on all seats. A special fastening system developed for MINI enables the driver and passengers to place individual elements and components on the Center Rail, such as external music players and other devices, armrests for the front and rear seats, storage boxes, shelves and holders of all kinds. The MINI Center Rail comes complete with an integrated cable duct allowing the user to connect a mobile phone or MP3 player in any position to the car’s entertainment system by means of a holder fastened to the rail. A further option is to connect additional sources of light, a cooling box, a laptop or a GPS tracker safely and securely to the Center Rail, each with their own power supply. The range of holders has been further extended especially for the MINI Beachcomber Concept, now including a stopwatch specially made for the new model, a bottle holder, a compact meal box as well as a case for cycling and swimming glasses, clearly reflecting the sporting character of this concept car and simply ideal for the triathlete. •

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The South African Round of the


italian superstars series Text and Images Marcell van Aswegen




It was amazing to cover the first ever South African

Round of the International Italian Superstars Series held at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit during the weekend of 11-13th December 2009. Never have I imagined what close racing I was about to witness. It was as if they were racing in the regional Polo Cup, no holds barred, everything goes and retiring to the pits without certain parts is the norm rather than the exception. There were 17 cars in the line-up consisting of 10 Bmw’s, 2 Audi’s, 1 Jaguar, 1 Maserati, 1 Chevrolet, 1Mercedes Benz, and a Chrysler 300c. Reigning champion Gianni Morbidelli of Italy came out tops at the end of the first free practice session at Kyalami on

Friday afternoon for Sunday’s final round of the international Superstars Series. The veteran driver from Italy returned to Kyalami for the first time in 16 years. He drove his ROAL Motorsport BMW M3 around the circuit in a time of 1 min 50,67 sec. On Saturday Fabrizio Armetta topped the timesheet in the second free practice at Kyalami in his Chevrolet Lumina CR8 with a best lap of 1:38.518. He also qualified with the fastest time to secure pole position for Race 1 on Sunday. On Sunday Fabrizio Armetta continued to dominate at Kyalami, leading his Motorzone Race Car Chevrolet Lumina CR8 to victory in Race 1 of the International Superstars Series final Issue 5 / 2010



round. The race was very tough upfront, and to make matters worse the Safety car was deployed after Francesco Dracone lost his Jaguar around a corner, which reduced Armetta’s lead to almost none at all. Armetta’s Lumina was closely followed by Morbidelli’s M3 and Montanari’s M3 Coupe. Montanari managed second place after Morbidelli retired due to mechanical issues. Mauro Cesari clinched a Narrow third place after he swopped paint with Martini around the last corner. Luca Rangoni won Race 2, the final race of the 2009 Superstars Series season at Kyalami. The driver steered his Audi Sport Italia RS4 to victory



in front of Fabrizio Armetta (Motorzone Race Car) and Christian Montanari (Habitat Racing). Gianni Morbidelli, the former F1 driver, scored valuable points after finishing fourth, sealing the 2009 International crown after taking Italian Title honours at Monza. The race was stopped after just 11 laps by officials after a hailstorm hit the track, and some very heavy lightning followed. What an event! Marcell van Aswegen is based in Pretoria, and started digital photography in 2006. He is an up and coming sports photographer, accredited with Motorsport South Africa, and


launching an online photo agency with business partner and fellow sports photographer Andrew Aveley. Some of the events he photographed include, A1 Grand Prix, World Superbikes, National Rallies, various surfing competitions and the recent Italian Superstars and he regularly covers the National/Regional Superbikes as well as regional circuit racing. Sportshooters also sponsors two riders in the regional and national superbike series. He strives to capture the highest quality images possible, therefore using the best equipment to suit the job. He is currently moderator of the Sport & Action

gallery on Outdoorphoto forum. Although sport photography is his passion, he’s also experienced in studio photography, and live stage event photography. Marcell’s work has been published in various newspapers, magazines as well as CD covers and inlays. He manages and co-owns Mx2Photography, a Pretoria based photographic service, with Marike Barkhuizen, shooting mainly live gigs, band promo material, model portfolios, and location work. His hobbies are overlanding, camping and guess what ... photography. Loving the bush, his biggest dream is to perfect wildlife photography one day. •

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Canon has released a couple of high quality point and shoot digital cameras over the past couple of years, but these new additions to the Canon family is a ‘must have item’ for any occassion... All these cameras are available from leading photographic suppliers. Price on request.

The Digital IXUS 200 IS gives you ultimate experience in fingertip control with Canon’s first-ever touch-screen technology in a camera, while the Digital IXUS 120 IS is Canon’s slimmest ever, wide-angle Digital IXUS. The 12.1 Megapixel Digital IXUS 200 IS has a stunning 24mm ultra-wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom. This impressive lens with a wider perspective than conventional wide-angle lenses lets you capture stunning landscapes and get everyone in the frame even when shooting large groups of people. The 5x optical zoom also enables you to get close to your subjects for spontaneous portraits and close-ups. Canon’s first ever touch-screen system couldn’t be easier to use. Simply tap the 3.0 inch widescreen to ‘point’ at the face you want to focus on, and the Digital IXUS 200 IS will do the rest. When reviewing your images, a simple movement of your finger on-screen allows you to erase, protect, rotate or tag your favourite photos so you can easily review your favourite shots. Key innovations on the PowerShot G11 include a high-resolution vari-angle LCD screen and greatly improved noise reduction. Canon’s new Dual Anti-Noise System combines a high sensitivity 10.0 Megapixel image sensor with Canon’s enhanced DIGIC 4 image processing technology to greatly reduce noise. The Dual Anti-Noise System allows photographers to capture full resolution images in difficult low-light conditions. This makes it easier take stunning low-light portraits or retain the ambient light detail with late-night landscapes. Motion blur can also be substantially reduced. It also boasts enhanced flexibility with a new 2.8-inch variangle PureColor II VA LCD – a feature introduced as a direct result of customer feedback. The premium quality Canon lens delivers picture-perfect performance, offering a 5x wide angle (28mm) zoom with optical Image Stabilizer (IS). This allows handheld shots to be taken at much slower shutter speeds (4-stops) than conventional non-IS models. The 12.1 Megapixel PowerShot D10 – Canon’s first waterproof digital compact camera. The PowerShot D10 combines take-anywhere levels of toughness with exceptional image quality, specifically designed for the adventurous user. Canon’s DIGIC 4 processor delivers ultra-responsive performance and outstanding, richly detailed images, while a new Smart Auto mode uses Scene Detection technology to deliver effortlessly great shots. For the ultimate in hands-free, take-anywhere operability, the PowerShot D10 offers compatibility with an extensive accessories system. From surfing to snorkelling, skiing to mountaineering, this camera is designed to accompany users on every adventure – it’s waterproof to 10m, can withstand the shock of a drop onto a hard surface from 1.22m, is dustproof and will function at temperatures as low as -10oC. A range of protective accessories are available to keep the camera safe in challenging environments, including soft case, shoulder, neck and carabiner straps.




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Burn off those extra kilos accumulated over the festive season, with the new Fitness Journey with Countless Combinations of Circuit Style Exercise Routines and New 6 Week Challenge. People around the world have experienced the revolution in interactive fitness with EA SPORTS Active™ Personal Trainer, the critically acclaimed and effective circuit style exercise program that gives you the benefit of a personal trainer in a box. Developed exclusively for the Wii™ by EA Canada, EA SPORTS Active More Workouts is the highly anticipated second instalment in the EA SPORTS Active franchise, an innovative line of interactive fitness products that offer personalized, customisable workouts. Developed in collaboration with fitness experts, including Bob Greene – renowned exercise physiologist, author and Oprah’s personal trainer – it provides an effective, inexpensive way to burn calories, get fit and have fun from the comfort of home. It features over 35 new exercises and activities that create unlimited combinations of customisable exercise routines targeting upper and lower body, as well as cardio. It also boasts an intense 6 Week Challenge that gives users a weekly schedule and weekly check-in with the virtual trainer to track calorie, weight and workout goals. The ideal way to start implementing those New Years resolutions... For more information, visit

It’s magic... Click, swipe and scroll your way around this piece of genius technology. The Magic Mouse – the latest addition to the Apple family has a seamless, buttonless surface that allows you to scroll in any direction with one finger, swipe through web pages and photos with two, and click and double-click anywhere. Its super sensitive laser tracking allows for far better scrolling than the traditional optical tracking. What is more, you do not need a mouse pad to use the Magic Mouse. For more information visit or to purchase one of these sexy little devices, go to


The last time the question was asked. “But where is the computer box,” was when Apple launched its latest iMac range, where the screen and entire CPU was all contained in one single structure, the mega screen. But now HewlettPackard has gone one step further with the launch of its ‘Allin-One’ TouchSmart PC. The screen also gives you a true HD experience when you view high definition content, or watch a HD movie on your computer. You can pinch, arc, press, drag or rotate your way around your computer – giving new meaning to a ‘handson’ experience. This computer boasts a 23” full HD digonal and 16:9 widescreen display, while the Intel®Core™ 2 Duo processor keeps the system running. It has built in wireless capabilities, which enables you to use a wireless keyboard. You can play away on the TouchSmart PC, because not only does it have an integrated WLAN2, but also allows connectivity for your gaming consoles such as Xbox®, Wii™ and Playstation®. This sleek, stylish and super fast PC will surely attract the attention of many a PC warrior. Visit for more details.

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A Children’s Story by Engela Herbst Image: Rina Smit

Monday morning came sooner than the kids expected. It was the first day of the new school year and the whole house was in a commotion.




Mom had already prayed, packed the lunch, and packed their school bags. After Grace’s teenage brother enjoyed a splendid breakfast, she dropped him off at his lift club’s pick up point at half past six. This was the time Grace had to get up for school. Grace preferred to sleep until she could wake up by herself, but at least the winter season was behind them and summer was in full swing. Actually it was a lovely day and Grace was glad to go back to school. She missed all the interaction at school. The New Year always started with general assembly in the school hall. Shortly after assembly the children were assigned to their new classes for the year. Grace was all smiles when she heard that she was in Mrs. Glenwood’s class. She loved Mrs. Glenwood and would be very secure in her class. She knew her from the time her brother was in grade three. He was also in her class, and he liked her very much. It was always just a bit

easier for the second child to adjust, because they already knew the school and many of the teachers. After all everybody knew Mrs. Glenwood was one of the kindest teachers in the whole school. She was more or less the same age as mommy. Grace was taking her new teacher some flowers today to welcome her back at school and she was glad Mrs. Glenwood would get them. By the time Grace and the rest of her new classmates got to her class Mrs. Glenwood was not there yet. That is strange, thought Grace. Mrs. Glenwood was never late. One of the seniors was at the classroom door, directing the kids inside. Grace took her seat, still holding the flowers in her hand, wondering what to do with them since her teacher was not there yet. She also wondered whether Mrs. Glenwood was in the hall for assembly. She was pretty sure she saw her, and she saw the oldest Glenwood girl when she was walking up the alley to her class. The entire class was talking at the same time, trading stories. Grace’s best friend was busy telling her about their holiday in a nature reserve when Mrs. Glenwood walked into the classroom holding a little girl’s hand. Grace could not believe her eyes. It was Nina. Nina’s eyes were sad and she was nervously twisting her pony tail around her finger. Scanning all the strange faces her eyes fell on Grace. A smile immediately lit up her face. Their eyes held each other captive for a long time and both smiled from ear to ear. Mrs. Glenwood explained to all the kids who the new girl was, when she noticed the change in Nina’s stature. Her eyes fell on Grace and she understood instantly. Nina’s house of safety and Grace’s house was in the same neighborhood and she knew that Grace’s mother liked to help where there was a need. Mrs. Glenwood and Grace’s mom understood each other well. Mrs. Glenwood gave a sigh of relieve. She felt so sorry for the little girl, away from her mother, staying with strangers, new school, no friends, or so she thought. “Thank you for Grace, Lord”; she prayed quietly. “Nina, do you and Grace know each other?” Nina nodded. “Would you like to sit next to Grace?” - Mrs. Glenwood asked again. Nina shyly gave another nod. Grace immediately got up and went to take Nina’s hand. Both girls smiled. Grace was so glad to see her friend again. Now they could spend every day in each other’s company. Lots of time to be a living Bible for her new friend, and lots of time to show her what real love is all about – the kind of love that never leaves little girls alone, where loving arms are always there to hold you, even when circumstances are difficult. Grace knew that there was a long road ahead and it would not always be easy. There was more hurt in her little friend than Grace could imagine, but she also knew that time and love could heal everything. Now that they are in the same class, time and love was on their side. When they took their chairs for the first lesson to begin, Grace closed her eyes and prayed silently, “Jesus let Your love shine through me. Help me to show Nina who You are in the way I play and laugh and cry. Thank you Jesus”. Up in heaven a few angels smiled. This was the unselfish kind of prayer that only a child could pray and the kind that God was waiting for. Children were always such willing participants in His work. All the role players in His plan were in position and willing to do their part. It was time for a big restoration process to begin. Grace opened her eyes, tears running down her face because in her heart she heard a silent small voice – “My love already shines through you, my child.” •

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The other side of midnight

Text & Image: Hennie van Deventer

Fear gripped me like an unseen hand closing around my throat; I could barely breathe. Through the thin canvas, the breathing of the lion was unmistakable. The soft crunch of her feet on the sandy soil seemed to echo inside the tiny tent. I lay on my back, staring up at the roof of my tent. In the pitch black of the African night, I could not even see my hand in front of my face. It was some time after midnight and I knew we were in trouble. There were 8 guests and 3 staff members in our tented camp that night. The camp was situated on the banks of the Timbavati perennial river in the Central district of the Kruger National Park. This particular area was the second most used route for illegal immigrants from Mozambique crossing into South Africa via the Kruger National Park. The resident pride of lions in this area were therefore known man-eaters, returning to kill again and again after having savoured the vulnerability of humans. But this night I had no intention of becoming their next victim. It was true what they say about fear having a specific taste. First, your mouth goes dry, then it is followed by a strong metallic taste - the taste of terror. As time seemed to slow down, my mind was racing. I simply could not risk waiting – this pride was far too dangerous – I had to act. I shifted on to my side to reach for a weapon under my stretcher. My hand rested on my 458 rifle, no use in the confined space of the tent. Moving past it, my fingertips brushed the cold metal of my .44 revolver, more reassuring in this situation. Outside the tent, the breathing of the lioness stopped momentarily. I froze. I could depict the lioness’s gaze through the canvas, fixed on the outline of my stretcher pressed up against it. She could smell humans and was likely calculating her next move. The flimsy structure of the dome tent would not support her 184


weight. Any unprecedented movement would bring her 180kg body ripping through the wall of my tent. In one fluid motion I sat up and swinging my feet to the ground I stood facing the direction of the lioness. There was an instantaneous rasping in her throat. I lifted the revolver, my index finger curling around the surface of the polished trigger. Years of training and experience automatically kicked in. I knew if I did not act decisively this situation could potentially be fatal. I could picture the lioness outside, her body tense, her head held low, ready to pounce. I imagined her claws ripping at the canvas and the life inside… I wanted to shout at the top of my voice to let her know that I was awake and unafraid. I needed to wake up Hendrik the other guide so as to protect the others. I opened my mouth but no sound came out. I tried again and only on the third attempt a sound came, almost detached, from somewhere deep within me. I took a deep breath and with it the adrenaline rushed to my head. Fear left me then as quickly as it had set in. I gripped the camping bed with my left hand, my revolver in the other pointing at the lioness outside, inches away. As I flipped the stretcher with force against the canvas, I shouted loudly: “Voertsek! Voertsek!”(Afrikaans for ‘go away’). In an instant I had the tent zip undone and stepped outside. Filled with raw adrenaline that had my body on fire I raced to face the lion outside. Time stands still in moments like this. Every action, every thought seems to happen in still-life frames depicting moment by moment action. All thoughts vanish except what happens in that fleeting moment. As I stepped outside the tent with the lioness a mere few feet away, I instantly recognized her pose. I lifted the revolver for tonight I had no desire to die. Midway through her leap she turned and vanished into the night. Hendrik’s tent zip was undone and before I could even ask for help he was standing next to me clutching his rifle, a grim look on his face. While he covered for me, I inspected the area next to the light duty electric fence with a flashlight. The tracks were all too apparent. The lions had chased a waterbuck through the poly-wire and out the other side of our small encampment. Grinning, we temporarily fixed the poly-wire and switched on the energizer. None of the guests had even stirred in their tents throughout the whole ordeal. I somehow knew that when morning came and we were all happily sipping our coffee that none of them would believe my story. •

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