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Mozambique North to South We venture into the depths of this war-torn, photographically rich country and discover the beauty it holds

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Ella Van Der Sandt SIZZLING SUMMER AND MUCH MORE!

TANYA KOEKEMOER Joanne beech Sarah Corvie Terasine Aiyavoo Lourese Rousseau


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Welcome to the World of MMG.

Chief Editor / President Jarryd McDonald jarrydmcdonald@gmail.com Magazine Layout: McDonald Media Group Photography Jarryd Mc Donald Advertising Sales Jarrydmcdonald@gmail.com +27 82 777 2154

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“bright idea” in a pub has progressed into the first issue of the mag. We would like this to be the first step of many, feel free to contact us with your opinions, input and photography. This can all be sent to jarrydmcdonald@gmail.com. Enjoy the issue

These last few weeks have gone by in a blur. The launch of MMG magazine! This so perfectly sets into motion the McDonald Media Group vision.

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Allow me to introduce MMG. The company was founded by Jarryd Mc Donald in 2011. MMG is a photographic and multi-media solutions company that specialise in high-end photo shoots, industry standard retouching, 3D animation as well as corporate branding and graphic design. An exciting start. I would like to welcome you into our world. We look forward to bringing you the very best photographic and design innovations to date.


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Featuring 24 Jo-Anne Beech 30 Teresine Aiyavoo 38 Sarah Corvie 46 Lourese Rousseau

Beyond boarders. We take you on a journey through Mozambique, a country alive with beauty and vibrance, yet so decayed that it truley bears the scars of its past life. War, torment and destruction.


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On the 9th October2011 MMG shot Miss Tanya Koekemoer. This shoot was one of remarkable outcome due to the energetic and vibrant feel on set. In this profile we take you for a walk-through of the shoot, both studio and location, as well as an in-depth profile on Tanya herself.


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“The energy on set was incredible” 1: What made you decide to do a portfolio, and why with Jarryd? For me,the whole reason behind a portfolio shoot was for my modeling, only the best is good enough when you want to do a portfolio. When you want to be a model your pics have to be outstanding and everything counts, lighting, location, makeup, hair ect. In modeling its not about who you are as a person its about the quality of the final product.

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2: What did you think of the concept choice and location?

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There were very few times in my career as a photographer that I have been nervous for a shoot... I was nervous for this one. It all started when Tanya and I got chatting about model shoots and she asked me to do her portfolio. I agreed and we ended up talking about it and planning for over 9 months! We excchanged many emails and concepts for the shoot until we came to a conclusion and the final steps were put into play.

We decided to do both a location shoot as well as a studio shoot for her portfolio. The location I chose was La Villa Vita (www.villavitanelspruit.com) in Nelspruit for its breath-taking scenery, Tuscan feel and high end modern interiors. The shoot kicked off at 4:00pm and weather conditions were great with a bit of wind later. The energy on set was incredible,

its almost as if after the first click everything fell into place perfectly.

The location was outstanding. Its was the most stunning Villa I have ever seen. The location made all the shots pop. Everything worked so well together, I couldn’t have asked for a better location. One wouldn’t think the location was in Nelspruit; It was more than perfect. We may just as well have been in Tuscany! 3: Have you had any model experience? If so, what was it? Personaly I have had previous modeling experience, I did a shoot for Due East magazine and Leisure boating magazine. I must say it was a lot of fun very chilled atmosphere. One should always be confident and professional in a shoot to ensure that you get booked again for the next shoot.

Tanya was a pleasure to work with, she is vibrant and her inner energy brought the shoot to life.

4: How was shooting with Jarryd? What did you enjoy about it?

We then shot in studio. Once again, a dynamic vibrance was prevalent during the shoot. With Tanya it all came so naturally. In the end the nervous feel was all for nothing as everything went smoothly and the portfolio came out great.

Oh my gosh it was amazing! He gave me direction and made it easy for me to be myself and go with the flow. He didn’t waste any time doing the shots. The best and most professional shoot by far. I would reccomend him to any company, any day!

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5: If you could change anything regarding the shoot, what would it be? To be honest I wouldnt change anything, I think everything came out perfectly. The results were outstanding - exactly what I wanted. 6: MMG have decided to feature you as this issue’s profile, if you could say anything to the readers, what would it be? Always believe in yourself and don’t let people get you down. Don’t let people tell you that you are unworthy of success! You have the power to be who you want to be with the power that the Lord gives you. Believe in yourself and the people around you will believe in you and support you. You have the power to be the best you can. 7: What’s next? What can MMG magazine look forward to from your next shoots? Well, the next shoot I want to do is a High-Fashion shoot so it will be very different from my first shoot. It will be next level. Crazy hair styles, make-up and the hottest outfits! 8: Out of ten stars, 10 being the best, rate your shoot. I’ll give my shoot 10/10 9: An Interesting/mind blowing fact about you? I study psychology, I actually did archery for a while. (Had a Hoyt ladies bow). I’m the biggest farm girl you will ever meet but I absolutely love to dress up and wear heels.

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Discover Mozambique Mozambique, a war-torn country that is infested with decay, yet has a certain beauty about it. As far as photography goes, the beauty of the derelict buildings, vibrant people and breath-taking architecture truley speaks for itself. Mozambique is in South Eastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the north west, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the south west. Still can’t place it? With over 1500 miles of coastline and water temperatures of a perfect 28C year round, offshore islands surrounded by pristine reefs and crystal clear water, Mozambique has so much to offer the diver.

Need to knows: •Mozambique has had a troubled recent past but current advice is that it is now safe for travel. Always check the latest Foreign Office advice. As a result, there is the added risk of unexploded mines in some areas, particularly the Montepuez region which should be avoided. Throughout the country, robberies and violent crimes are common, no road should be considered safe to travel alone. •During the summer rainy season from October/November to March/April, short lived but violent rain and electrical storms are common. Flooding is frequent in some areas and roads often become impassable during these months.

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An archipelago of offshore islands, known as the Bazaruto Archipelago, lies in a national marine park off the coast of Mozambique. The three main islands, Margaruque, Benguerra and Bazaruto, can be reached via the mainland town of Vilanculos.

•Vaccinations are recommended for polio and typhoid and Falciparum malaria is a risk throughout the country. Cholera, Yellow fever and rabies are also a risk.

Some 2000 fish species exist here, representing over 80 percent of the Indo-pacific region. The Dugong or sea cow, an extremely rare mammal, is found around the island of Bazaruto which now has the largest remaining population in east Africa. Nile crocodiles can also be seen in the shallow lakes and pools on the islands. The island group is home to all five marine turtle species of the western Indian Ocean which come onto the beaches to breed.

•BE AWARE: Lariam (mefloquine) is an anti-malarial drug used in regions of the world where chloroquine resistant falciparum malaria is prevalent. e.g. East Africa, South East Asia. Possible side effects of lariam such as dizziness, blurred vision and a disturbed sense of balance are common and could cause problems for divers. These effects can often imitate or even worsen the symptoms of DCI. There could also be confusion between the side effects of lariam and the symptoms

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of DCI or nitrogen narcosis resulting in a misleading diagnosis. •There is also a risk of bilharzia which is caused by infestation by a type of flatworm, or fluke (parasite). The fluke larvae are released by freshwater snails which penetrate the human skin and mature into adults. Female flukes may lay eggs that cause inflammation. The symptoms (which can take months to surface) depend on the species of fluke. ‘Swimmer’s itch’ develops where the parasite enters the skin, and is often the only symptom. If you think you’ve been exposed to it you can get a very cheap pill from the local pharmacists that will kill it before it even shows its face.

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•Visas can be bought at the airport when you arrive or from the Mozambique Embassy. Useful stuff: Language: Portugese but English is widely spoken in tourist areas Currency: Mozambican Metical Time: GMT +2 Climate: Tropical Natural hazards: Risk of typhoons in February Diving season: Year round Water temperature: 28C Air temperature: 24 - 28C

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The buildings The architecture is nothing short of amazing, with traditional Portugese designs and attention to detail it truly is a spectacle.

The people The people are generally friendly, however, they are very aware that you are a guest in their country and dare you set a foot out of line, you will face the consequences.

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The City Most of the streets in the CBD are filthy. Maintenance is of negligable importance and little is done to keep the streets clean.

The conclusion. There is a magic to this place, you just need to see the beauty deep within. It may be a dirty war-torn country on the outside, but it truly does posses a specific beauty.


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A brief history Visitors to Mozambique’s Bazaruto archipelago tend to be in a hurry to reach the marine park, which brims with fish, coral, and idyllic beaches. Dont tarry through Maputo because in this African capital city - the country’s past and present are on vibrant display. “The Portuguese did two things unique to European colonialism in Africa,” noted David Lamb in his book The Africans. “They built beautiful cities...and they inter-married to such an extent that their former colonies today are among the most multi-racial countries in Africa.” Of nowhere is this more true than Maputo, once Lourenço Marques. A cosmopolitan bolthole for South Africans tired of tea rooms and starch. Acacias and jacarandas shade the broad streets and the houses are a glorious hotchpotch of tiled and pink-painted follies and simple art-deco curves with a maritime twist. There are classic Manueline features on the lovely old Natural History Museum, and the Meteorological Institute has been newly restored to its unnerving original as a Portuguese château with Grecian touches. The most gracious hotel, however, is British to its foundations. The Polana, at 90 years old, is the grand old lady of Mozambique, with fine views of the sea, the best pool in town and a breezy café-terrace. Mozambican life starts just outside its impressive gates on Avenida Julius Nyerere, shared by Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel, who live up the road, and an array of polite craftsmen, who lay out their art on the pavement early each morning, opposite the flowersellers, basket-makers and batik clothes-traders on the other side of the road.

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All the hotels offer comprehensive city tours that will give you a good idea of the cultural fusion that is Portuguese Africa today, from the magnificently baroque railway station to the teeming central fruit and vegetable market. There is also the dinky iron house built by Eiffel (hopelessly ill-suited to the steamy climate) and the Museum of the Revolution, showing Mozambique’s struggle to shake off its Portuguese regime. Some tours include lunch at the sea-front Costa do Sol, which should not be missed. It is a Maputo institution, favoured by everyone from government ministers to backpackers for its seafood and easy-going ambience. A local travel agency, Dana, has put together a shopping tour that takes in Artedif, a craft shop which is another Maputo institution, and Nucleo de Arte, a funky exhibition space which features Mozambican painters and sculptors, many of whom work in the sheds out back.

But for variety the Saturday morning craft market in front of the fort cannot be bettered; where once ivory and slaves were traded, now there is a huge assortment of work from all over the country: colourful tableaux, instruments, masks, figurines, boxes, jewellery, ceramics, batiks and capulanas, the Mozambican equivalent of the sarong. That fewer women now wear capulanas is a good measure of Maputo’s modernisation.

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Once they played a pivotal cultural, even political, role. When Mozambique first issued its own currency,

Once they played a pivotal cultural, even political, role. When Mozambique first issued its own currency, the metical, the notes were reproduced on capulanas, while others sported the hoe and rifle that were the emblems of the republic created in 1975. Suits and flash mobiles are the urban totems of today, but are beyond the reach of the peddlers selling everything from live crabs to knickers on Maputo’s streets.

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Stop at any pavement café for an excellent coffee and Portuguese custard tart (another colonial legacy) to watch Maputo’s citizens and you’ll see the vanishing past, the jaunty present and the optimistic future walk on by.


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