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ClubCard issue 3/2018

Everyday care for

natural hair

• Up your Vitamin C • Beat the cold • Energising smoothies • Skin-saving oils

ISSUE 3 2018

SA literacy crisis how to create kids who love to read

My proudest moments are the births of my kids! – Reuben Riffel

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Contents

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All eyes on Dad

16 reuben riffel Meet the family man behind

the award-winning recipes

Reuben shares his favourite braai recipes with us

20 the grill guru

Pssst! Our ClubCard partners have feel-good benefits for all members! See page 73

26 father’s day prep

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We’ve got gift ideas that won’t punish your purse

look-good gear Top grooming tips from the pros

sorbet scoop Dad gets special treatment

Beauty 33 hot hue

We zone in on the Pantone colour of the year – ultra violet

34 Beauty NEWS

All the products and tips you need for a hot winter look

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Regulars 4 Your letters 6 Ask our Pharmacist 8 ClubCard spotlight 10 Feel-good news 80 Puzzle mania 82 Giveaways

36 editor’s lUST LIST

Up the edge with these top picks

38 care for your hair

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Curly, wavy, coily or kinky… expert tips for everyday good hair

Health 45 HEALTH NEWS

Here’s the latest on how to take care of yourself and your family

We have the lowdown – from the common cold to pneumonia

48 beat winter ills

52 daily dose of vitamin c

BabyClub

cover photography Alfred Thorpe

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It’s an immune-boosting hero

55 arthritis in the cold

Some claim the pain gets worse in winter. We investigate

Up your energy after 4pm

58 stop the slump

63 baby news All you need to keep baby

healthy, happy and safe

66 wrap her up

60 POWER up Make the most of your smoothie 84 back page column

Extra TLC is required when it’s cold outside. We show you how

Teach your children to love books, even in the digital age

Dan Nicholl ditches his duvet for a more active start to the day

68 create little readers

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editor’s letter

Kassy

on my wish list Of the Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set, R469, the Medium Shadow Brush is my favourite; The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil 125ml, R272 – just a few drops creates dewy skin and I love that it is sustainably sourced; Clinique All About Shadow Quads in Galaxy, R495, gives depth to eyes; Essie Nail Lacquer in Sexy Divide, R13995 – the deep purple is warming in winter.

EDITOR Kassabaine Petersen managing editor Shani Rhoda ART DIRECTOR Liezel Le Roux Creative DIRECTOR Gaelyn Quixley-Smith ADVERTISING SALES Tessa Fenton-Wells ADVERTISING ASSISTANT Natheema Israel digital content director Paige Dorkin CONTENT DIRECTOR Susan Newham-Blake EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mark Beare Production dIRECTOR John Morkel FINANCIAL MANAGER Naeema Abrahams Head of Merchandise & marketing Jamie Lane customer marketing executive Heloise Janse van Rensburg marketing manager Gerry Nhlapo marketing co-ordinator Philip du Toit

Advertising enquiries Box 53201, Kenilworth 7745. Tel 021 795-0430. Fax: 021 795-0349. Cell 082-320-0014. Editorial enquiries Box 15054, Vlaeberg 8018. Tel 021 424-3517. Fax 021 424-3612. Email info@tppsa.co.za. Published for The Clicks Organisation by The Publishing Partnership (Pty) Ltd. Copyright The Publishing Partnership (Pty) Ltd 2017. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without prior permission of the editor. Opinions expressed are those of the author and not Clicks. Products featured are subject to availability. Prices apply to RSA only, and may vary in Swaziland, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Zimbabwe. All prices include VAT. While every effort is made to ensure that prices are correct at the time of going to press, errors and omissions are excepted. Offers available while stocks last. Repro Hirt & Carter Printing Paarl Media Cape • ISSN 1028-6489 competition rules ClubCard competitions are open to Clicks ClubCard rewards programme members who reside in RSA and are 18 years of age and older. Directors, members, partners, employees, agents of or consultants to Clicks Group Limited, its subsidiaries, divisions and/ or associated companies or any other person who directly or indirectly controls or is controlled by Clicks and their spouses, life partners, immediate family members and business partners and including any supplier who will be sponsoring the prize, are not eligible to participate in any competition. Winners will be drawn by random selection from all eligible entries. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence in this regard will be entered into. Winners’ names will be published either on clicks.co.za and/or in the next edition of ClubCard magazine. Prizes are not transferrable and cannot be exchanged for cash or any other item. Unless the winner specifically states otherwise, each winner agrees to participate in all promotional activity and hereby consents to Clicks using his/her name, images and/or voice in any promotional material for the purpose of promoting the competition. No compensation will be payable for such use. Clicks and its advertising agencies will not be liable for any losses, damages, costs or claims in connection with the competition or results from acceptance, possession or use of any prize. Printed by

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Photography julia Janse van Vuuren Stylist Caroline M. Hicks @ Bird on a Wire Make-up Marlinette Newman

e’re delighted this month to feature celebrity chef, award-winning restaurateur, family man and downright nice guy, Reuben Riffel. His inspiring story, featured on page 16, is proof that hard work, commitment and belief in yourself truly are the secrets to success. There is no doubt he is a gifted chef, and if you’re unable to visit one of his three legendary restaurants, go to page 20 where we’ve featured a number of his recipes guaranteed to satisfy even the pickiest eater. On the topic of success, it’s undeniable that a child’s reading skills are important if they’re to succeed at school, at work, in life! A recent international report into the literacy rates of SA learners paints a bleak picture as it revealed that Grade 4 learners are unable to read at an appropriate level. If you’re a parent, there are lots you can (and should) do to help. Starting today, read aloud to your child, even just for 10 minutes each day. This will not only improve their vocabulary and ability to read, but it will help them understand the world around them, and their place in it. “Create little bookworms” on page 68 will guide and inform you on how to foster a love of reading in your home. It’s winter, and with it comes the usual sniffles, sneezing and sore throats. Be sure to stock up your medicine cabinet to treat minor health niggles before they escalate – turn to page 48 for more. My advice for everyday good health: keep warm, keep hydrated and keep moving… Till next time,

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THE WINNER!

When I need to shop, I choose Clicks with such ease, It’s oh-so-heavenly, convenient and shopping’s a breeze. I’ve bought self-care products and other such bits, Like make-up and perfume and my daily vits. I’ve bought cleaning materials but not those alone, I’ve bought cookware and appliances to use in my home! I’ve bought stationery and all kinds of D’licious treats, Chocolates and snacks, even some healthier eats. And if it’s a gift that I’m trying to scout, Clicks’ huge range always helps me out. Even fulfilling prescriptions is easy to do, And the pharmacists advise on self-medication too! The Clicks ClubCard mag is also a win, Especially with all of the puzzles within. And the rewards scheme is hands-down ahead of the pack, With savings and specials and real cashback! Whether shopping in store or shopping online, The service received is always mighty fine. So, what I want to say, above all the rest, Is thank you, Clicks! Your store is the best!

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– Jennifer Stone

Best feeding

I am a breastfeeding mom and have been looking for yummy energy-packed health foods to keep me going during the day, and to replenish what my body loses to make the ‘liquid gold’ for my little one. Enter Smartbite! I bought a nut and seeds mix and a pack of goji berries, and threw them together with some honey, milk and a banana to make a delicious energy smoothie. Plus, I got an extra pack of Smartbite nuts thanks to your 3-for-2 promotion! I was one

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happy mommy. Thank you, Clicks, for this new and affordable offering.

– Natalie Smith From the ed: We’re delighted to hear how much you love the Smartbite range (and how it benefits your baby’s growth!). Please see page 60 for smoothie recipes for the season.

All products available in selected stores.

Over the past year I’ve made a conscious effort to buy only Beauty Without Cruelty-endorsed cosmetics, hair colour, deodorant and bath products. I am so thrilled by the Oh So Heavenly range from Clicks! It has become my go-to gift range for friends and family. I saw the Double the Yum Bubblegum Body Wash on shelves (it smells good enough to eat!), but no body lotion was available. The body wash along with the lotion would make a wonderful gift-set for teens. Will the body lotion be available soon or is it that my local Clicks did not receive stock? – Diana Ewert

From the ed: There is no body lotion available right now, but look out for Bubblegum Milkshake Bubble Balm, R3295 – together they’d make a delicious gift! And for more cruelty-free options, view The Body Shop’s products. (Remember, if your local Clicks doesn’t stock a certain product, shopping online at clicks.co.za is quick, easy and safe!)

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expert advice

Ask our Pharmacist

Should I vaccinate my six-year-old? It is the best form of protection available against the most severe strains as determined by the World A Health Organisation (WHO). There are other strains as well, so you may still acquire flu, but it would generally be less severe and more easily treatable. I do advise that she be vaccinated. How can I strengthen my immune system?

Clicks Pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman answers your questions on flu prevention.

Popular supplements are those containing echinacea, propolis, zinc, selenium, vitamins C A and E, and fulvic acid. Ask your Clicks Pharmacist to advise appropriate products.

Feel good with Clicks Clinics

Who can be vaccinated? flu vaccine can be used from six months of age, and there is no upper-age limit. A The Where is the flu vaccine available? All Clicks stores with a Clinic will have the vaccine in stock. At some of our branches with a Clicks A Pharmacy but no Clinic, a nurse may visit on a certain day to administer shots – enquire at your local branch.

Clicks nursing practitioners are on hand to offer advice and to assist with your primary healthcare needs. We have more than 190 Clicks Clinics nationwide offering primary healthcare services, including medical aid-funded screening tests. ClubCard members earn points on clinic services and on the dispensing fee of pharmacy purchases. For a full list of services or to make an appointment, visit clicks.co.za/clinicBooking or call 0860 254 257.

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Here’s how to get the most cashback There are many ways to earn points at Clicks. We show you just how easy it is!

When is cashback loaded? On the 24th of every second month, starting on 24 January and ending on 24 November.

Something for everyone…

Calling all parents! BabyClub members not only receive invaluable expert advice on parenting and services, but you also earn Double Points on baby products every day of the week! Senior’s Club members (those over 60 years old) qualify for special discounts such as Double Points on the second Wednesday of every month. There’s no need to apply to become a member – when you turn 60, you’ll automatically qualify for the extra feel-good benefits. Turn to page 73 for the latest offers from our partners. double

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There are many rewarding moments when you have a baby. And surely one of the most precious is the feather-soft, smooth feel of their skin. Baby skin may be soft and smooth, but it’s also up to 5 X thinner than adult skin – even though it’s a baby’s first line of defence against germs and diseases.

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INTRODUCING THE BABY HEALTHY SKIN PROJECT

THE RIGHT PRODUCTS MEAN HEALTHIER SKIN

Knowing that healthy skin is critical to the development of healthier babies, JOHNSON’S® Baby launched The JOHNSON’S® Baby Healthy Skin Project in partnership with Unjani Clinics. The project gives moms in low-income communities access to affordable quality healthcare, skincare advice and products for better everyday health, improving the plight of millions of mothers across Africa.

In the course of their work, Project representatives and Unjani Clinic nurses discovered that many babies suffer from major rashes and skin conditions that stem from using products that aren’t right for babies.

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Double-Points alert! When you spend over R1 000 in a two-month qualifying period, you’ll earn Double Points for the remainder of that period. That’s 4% back on nearly all purchases!

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Using adult hygiene bar soaps and scrubbing with sponges might suit adult skin, but the same practices can have harmful consequences for a baby’s fragile skin. Harsh, dehydrating

chemicals in adult skincare products can also lead to multiple issues with a baby’s skin, including irritation, eczema, scaling and even skin infections.

TIPS FOR CARING FOR IRRITATED BABY SKIN * Use specialised baby products only. Avoid adult skincare and antibacterial products. * Use a soft cloth and never scrub too hard. * Keep baby’s skin moisturised and avoid exposing it to harsh conditions.

Simply name one skincare tip for babies, and post it on our Facebook page (Johnson’s Baby SA) using the hashtags #JohnsonsBabyHealth and #Clicks to win a JOHNSON’S® hamper worth R650.00. Competition closes 30 September 2018. T’s & C’s apply. Look out for The JOHNSON’S® Baby Healthy Skin Project on social media and share our important message with other moms. #johnsonsbabyhealth


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Feel-Good News Clicks makes a difference – one pedal at a time!

Cycling for a purpose

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On 11 March 2018, the Clicks team took to the epic cycling routes of the Mother City for the 40th anniversary of the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour. Representing the Clicks Helping Hand Trust, the team (made up of Clicks and Musica staff) took on the 109km challenge in aid of the Girls on the Go sanitary campaign. Funded by the Helping Hand Trust, this campaign aims to keep menstruating girls in school by supplying them with reusable sanitary towels. At the end of the gruelling race, the team managed to raise an incredible R40 000 for the charity!

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FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/OXYRSA For further information contact Mentholatum South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Tel: 021 702 0620. www.mentholatum.co.za/oxy. Marketed under licence from Mentholatum South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Unit G1, Westlake Square, 1 Westlake Drive, Tokai, 7945 Oxy® 10 Lotion. S0 Each 100 g contains Benzoyl Peroxide 10 g. Reg. No.: N/13.12/112. A13.11: Acne preparations. For full prescribing information, refer to the package insert approved by the Medicines Control Council. Applicant: Mentholatum SA (Pty) Ltd; Unit G1 Westlake Square; 1 Westlake Drive; Tokai; 7945.


50th special

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years What Clicks means to me… It was in August 1968 that Clicks opened its first store in St George’s Street, Cape Town. Over the decades, this humble start flourished into what is today the largest pharmacy group in South Africa, with more than 600 stores countrywide. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Clicks providing value and convenience. To help celebrate, we asked you what Clicks has meant to you and your family over the past 50 years, and are delighted to share some of the responses. Here’s to many more happy years of shopping at Clicks.

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Khensi Maluleka and her dad

I’ve been a Clicks customer for many years now and I’m happy to say it’s my basic provider. At Clicks I buy everything at lower prices. It’s loyal to its customers and the staff are well trained, and it offers the same great service, no matter which branch I visit. I love that you cater to elderly customers. All I can say is keep up the good work. – Cindy Mchunu, Durban

I just have to share the influence Clicks has had in my life. When I got my first period I was 11 years old, living far from home at boarding school, and terrified. My mother was away at work and so I turned to my father – the most important man in my life. My father picked me up from school that day and took me to Clicks to get an assortment of sanitary towels. He assured me that everything would be OK and made me feel comfortable. Since then, Clicks has been my go-to store for most of life’s necessities. Years later I still find myself popping in to Clicks when I need a gift, a lipstick or just have a chocolate craving. Clicks has seen me through my teenage years, student days, and is still part of my life as a working woman – it has grown up with me and has been an incredible ally to my shopping needs. – Khensi Maluleka, East London

Ever since I can remember I was holding my mom’s hand in Clicks while she shopped for our essentials: toiletries, make-up, cleaning products… All I need is in one place, and there is the added bonus of ClubCard rewards, cashback and discounts. The 3-for-2 deals are always a treat because I get to stock up for less than I would pay at other stores. The pharmacists are helpful and the services are convenient. The Clicks baby products give me 10% discount, which is a real bargain for me, especially with my second child due in July this year. I really do save money at Clicks. My husband drives several kilometres per day to work and back, and recently we discovered that we can swipe our Clicks card at Shell service stations and earn cashback, which is just the best news. Thank you, Clicks, for making life easier for me and my family of soon-to-be four. – Denise Schoeman, Port Elizabeth

The first I knew of Clicks was when I was employed as a junior advertising artist with the Cape Argus in 1968. Our department was assigned to design a logo for the newly emerging Clicks. One of my colleagues created the (now famous) Clicks unicorn, much to the delight of our esteemed client. My first purchase at Clicks’ newly opened Cape Town store was a card of hairgrips for 27 cents! My two sisters and our mother, who were often in the public eye, remained satisfied shoppers throughout their life until their passing. Clicks Garden Centre was perhaps my mom’s favourite store, where we often met to enjoy a happy shopping experience together. I still use the quality eye shadow and compact powder bought on our last little excursion there. Recently my son, Grant, became a fan of yours after purchasing immune-system boosters that saw him over the flu successfully. – Fern Hawksworth, Bothasig, Cape Town

Fern Hawksworth, Cape Town

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Nonhlanhla Ngubelanga, right, and her mother Mrs Jabulile Sibisi

Beryl Thomas

“Old faithful” – that’s what Clicks is to me. Catering to all my needs, from my teenage years to present day; fulfilling my every need and whim! You’ve been there for me through thick and thin with savings and more savings at each corner of every aisle. And the cashback vouchers have saved me on a number of occasions and, at times, enabled me to treat myself. And, yes, I know there’s more to come… Like an old faithful friend, you will be there for many more years. – Beryl Thomas, Johannesburg

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My husband and I feel like we have shares in Clicks Westgate (we’ve been going there since before the turn of the century)! My late mother had a similar relationship with Clicks Fountains in Jeffrey’s Bay. The pharmacists and their assistants have supported us when I battled Potts disease, after major surgeries, and for a plethora of chronic conditions. Recently, we’ve been acting as daycare for our eight-month-old grandson who happily comes along on the meds run. Clicks, you make us feel like we’re part of your family. – Yvonne Deetlefs Horison, Western Cape

My 62-year-old mother takes chronic medication for her arthritis and I recently arranged for her medication to be collected at Clicks. This is the best decision we could’ve made! She used to wait for her prescription to be delivered, but now she simply goes to Clicks as soon as she gets a notification that it is ready for collection. This service is so user-friendly… My mother now does all her cosmetics shopping at the same time as when she collects her medication. She’s always enjoyed shopping at Clicks but I am amazed at how she’s fallen in love with Clicks all over again! – Nonhlanhla Ngubelanga, KwaZulu-Natal

When our triplets were babies, we shopped for powders, lotions, nappies and all sorts of medicines. When they were growing up, I truly believed the 3-for-2 specials had been designed with us in mind! Kinder Joy surprises, Jelly Tots and Easter eggs fell under these specials and helped us afford treats – even when the budget was severely stretched. My husband has taken the kids to shop for Mother’s Day and I’ve taken them to choose gifts for teachers. Now that our babies are teenagers, we shop for airtime, sanitary towels, blemish sticks, lip-ice, gifts for boyfriends, hair removal lotion and soon it will be shaving supplies too. I have used the cashback vouchers to nurture myself (with bubble bath, hand lotion, lipsticks and chocolates!) so I can continue to mother our triplets to the best of my ability. Thank you to the staff at Clicks Melkbosstrand, who have watched our babies grow up with us! – Jackie Faulconbridge, Cape Town

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Poverty can bring shame and distress to those who cannot afford basic necessities. I was 17 years old when I first watched with envy as my friend purchased her toiletries. She sprayed deodorant on her wrist, sniffed at several other fragrances, and put her favourite in her shopping basket. It was so grown-up and cool. I wanted so badly to spray some on myself, but I had no money and pride prevented me from accepting a spritz when my friend offered. So I promised myself that one day I would walk into that particular store, pick up a shopping basket and spend half an hour choosing a deodorant! I fulfilled that promise in February 1982 when I earned my first salary at 19 years old. I walked into the toiletry aisle and chose my first Shield deodorant. That was the beginning of my intrepid journey with Clicks, which has evolved over the years into more luxurious, sweet-smelling fun! Today, at 54, I still cruise the aisles, but nothing will replace my first memory of Clicks. – Janice Sigamoney, Durban


Manpan

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We chat to Reuben Riffel about his journey so far, the inspiration behind his culinary creations and what being a husband and dad means to him. By Jennifer Campbell

ell-known for his impressive collection of award-winning restaurants, as well as his role as a judge on MasterChef South Africa, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel has successfully turned his passion for good food into a thriving career. Born and raised in Franschhoek, in an area he describes as “the other side of the tracks”, Reuben grew up as part of a big, food-loving family that lived self-sufficiently – his grandmother baked the bread, while his grandfather farmed livestock, fruit and vegetables. “From an early age, I was exposed to good, wholesome food,” says Reuben. Even now, the simple, sweet and sour flavour of pickled beetroot made with onions, sugar and vinegar tastes to him like family. So what sparked his interest in cooking? “I guess when my mom wasn’t around to cook for me – she held a nine-to-five job – I decided to start cooking for myself.

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A culinary journey Reuben’s career in the industry began when he started working as a waiter at Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek. Here, under the guidance of chef Richard Carstens, he learned his way around the kitchen and worked his way up to the position of sous-chef. After some experience in the UK, where he ran a restaurant in Cambridge, Reuben returned home in 2004 and was able to open his own place – the original Reuben’s in Franschhoek. Now, he has two other restaurants to his name – one in the seaside town of Paternoster on the West Coast and another at the One & Only hotel in Cape

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Keep your eyes peeled A new Reuben’s restaurant is in the works and due to open in the near future!

Town. Each of the spaces is inspired by its unique surroundings and the people of the area. “Paternoster is a town I have always loved – it’s the quintessential fishing village. For this reason, we try and stay true to what the village is about, its local produce and the people,” says Reuben. As such, the menu features local ingredients and reflects the culinary culture of the town, with distinctly local dishes such as rooibos poached pears, chicken butternut curry, and local cheese boards. “Cape Town’s One & Only, on the other hand, is an interesting urban space and the food reflects that,” explains Reuben. The interior is modern and stylish, and the menu offers up flavours from around the world. His flagship restaurant in Franschhoek recently moved premises and has been beautifully refurbished, but stays true to its heritage. “Franschhoek is my home town so I want to highlight my roots. My family is there and I have tried to create a wholesome, homely atmosphere.” Here, guests can enjoy fare that is made with distinctly local ingredients such as Franschhoek salmon trout, Karoo springbok loin and West Coast oysters.

Family first Reuben met his wife Maryke while he was working as sous-chef at Monneaux Restaurant and she was a student at the same establishment. Just three years later, Reuben’s first restaurant in Franschhoek opened, a fact he says is no coincidence. He describes Maryke as his equal partner in all ways and says he has achieved things he never dreamed possible with her at his side. Now, the

Connect with REUBEN @ chefreubenriffel @ReubenRiffel @ReubenRiffelSA


Hanging out at home: Maryke and Reuben with their gorgeous kids, Max, left and Latika

skills and leadership development to disadvantaged youth who have no access or financial means to further their education. He also hosts a golf day called Reuben and Friends to raise funds for his local Hospice every year – an event that sees celebrities and sports stars take to the course in support of the cause. “My aim is to make a difference in my immediate surroundings,” he says.

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Beyond the kitchen As someone who comes from humble beginnings, it’s important to Reuben that he gives back to his community. He is involved in the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy & Learning Centre, a charitable trust that works to provide hospitality training,

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REUBEN LOVES Mauritius

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couple has two beautiful children, Latika and Max. Life with kids, says Reuben, is very enriching. “Life is just different now and has a lot more meaning. I really just like spending time with them, and to have conversations with them is so much fun!” When it comes to pinning down his proudest moment, he says it used to be winning accolades at the Eat Out restaurant awards in 2015. “As you grow and live life, that changes though. Now, it’s the birth of my beautiful kids.” Although Maryke and Reuben often have to work on traditional family holidays, their time together is very important and they always make sure they make up for it by celebrating in some way. Reuben grew up with very little material wealth and for many years he worried that he would never be able to provide for his family and give his children the opportunities he wanted for them. So, both on a personal and professional level, he is grateful that he and Maryke managed to acquire their own space in Franschhoek, where his restaurant is now based. “It was an amazing experience to build something from scratch and be able to say that I own the place where I work.”

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“As you grow and live life [your proudest moment] changes. Now, it’s the birth of my beautiful kids.”

Food/ I love sushi and warm bowls of noodles and broth. Holiday destination/ Mauritius. Book/ Phillida by André Brink (I was interested in this book as it describes slavery in the area of the Cape that I am from.) Restaurant/ Decameron and The Vine Bistro at Glenelly Wine Estate – both in Stellenbosch. Music/ I love all genres of music, depending on my state of mind. Favourite read


Braai master

food health

With our mild winters, braaiing can be a year-round pursuit, according to chef Reuben Riffel. These are some of his favourite recipes, and they prove anything’s possible over the coals.

Whole snoek on the braai

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MADE THE SIMPLE WAY

(both published by Quivertree)

*Extracted from Reuben at Home, by Reuben Riffel (Quivertree)

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1/3 tin smooth apricot jam 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp olive oil Juice of 1 lemon, plus slices for braaiing 2 tbsp fennel seeds Oyster sauce Salt and pepper 1 whole snoek, butterflied Lemon butter cream 100g unsalted butter ½ cup cream Juice of 1 lemon

TIP Order whole pieces of smoked streaky bacon from your butcher. You’ll be able to cut it into the exact size you need for your sosatie.

Surf, turf and earth skewers – see overleaf for menu

METHOD 1/ Mix the jam, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, fennel seeds and a big splash of oyster sauce to make a marinade. Season to taste. 2/ Sprinkle the fish with a little salt and pepper and brush the marinade all over it. Leave the fish in the fridge for 30 minutes, until the coals are ready. 3/ Place it in a braai grid with some lemon slices and cook the fish, basting it often, until charred and the marinade glazes nicely on the skin. 4/ Heat the lemon butter cream ingredients together in a pot and drizzle over the fish to serve.

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Surf, turf and earth skewers Prawn, bacon and shitake skewers with sweet and sour sauce

Makes 4 skewers INGREDIENTS 8 prawns, de-shelled and veins removed ½ green pepper, sliced into 2cm squares 8 large pieces smoked lardon 4 shitake mushrooms, quartered 2 pinches salt 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup sweet and sour sauce

Sweet and sour sauce 1 cup rice wine vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp tomato sauce Juice of ¼ lemon

“I have so many happy memories of our whole family gathering at the beach and having a snoek braai. The fish was always simply done, and eaten with a braaibroodjie.”

METHOD 1/ Using four skewers, evenly arrange the prawns, green pepper, lardons and mushrooms on each skewer. 2/ Season the skewers evenly with salt and pepper and cook on a grid over mediumhigh heat for three to four minutes. 3/ Make the sweet and sour sauce – reduce all the ingredients over medium heat until syrupy. 4/ Drizzle sauce over the skewers; serve.

The royal wimpy rib-eye steak with a blue cheeserocket crust

Serves 3 INGREDIENTS

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600g rib-eye, 5cm thick Salt Pepper For the crust ½ tsp castor sugar ½ red onion, sliced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 handful rocket, grilled until dry and crispy and chopped roughly 3/4 cup crumbed creamy blue cheese ½ red chilli, finely sliced

METHOD 1/ Season the meat with salt and pepper. Place on a grid over high heat and turn after 30 seconds. Keep turning for eight minutes. Move the grid higher for medium-high heat. 2/ Mix together the crust ingredients and place carefully on top of the steak. Place a lid (potjie lid or any other lid that won’t press against the crust) over the steak. Allow the crust to melt for four minutes. 3/ Remove the steak from the heat, leave to rest for two minutes and serve.

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and hazelnuts *Extracted from Reuben at Home, by Reuben Riffel (Quivertree)

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 4 cups milk 2 tbsp coarse salt 1 tbsp sugar 1kg green beans 150g pancetta, cubed 3 tbsp unsalted butter 4 tbsp chopped mint 4 tbsp chopped Italian parsley Freshly ground black pepper Âź cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

Braai-mousse Oak-smoked chocolate mousse with braaied bananas

Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 2 cups dark chocolate Seeds of 1 vanilla pod 1 cup cream, whipped softly 4 egg whites, whisked to a stiff peak 4 bananas Chocolate shavings (optional)

METHOD 1/ Place the chocolate in a bowl over a bain-marie. In a Weber, bring oak chips to a smoke over low heat. Place the bain-marie inside the Weber and

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cover. The chocolate will smoke and melt in about 30 minutes. 2/ Remove the chocolate from the heat and leave to temper until it reaches room temperature. Stir in the vanilla seeds. Gently fold in a quarter of the cream, then fold in the rest of the cream. Gently fold in the egg whites. 3/ Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. Grill the bananas, skins on, over medium heat. The banana is cooked once the skin has gone completely black. 4/ Serve the bananas hot or cold with the chocolate mousse. If you like, garnish with chocolate shavings.

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METHOD 1/ Bring the milk, 4 cups water, salt and sugar to the boil in a saucepan. 2/ Add the green beans to the pot and cook until tender (takes about six minutes). Drain and keep aside. 3/ Place the pancetta in a dry nonstick pan over medium-low heat and fry slowly until the pancetta starts to crisp. 4/ Add the butter to the hot beans, together with the mint, parsley and pancetta.
5/ To serve, season to taste with pepper and salt, toss and sprinkle with hazelnuts.

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Prepare for Dad’s day

Under R1 000 1/ Remington Vacuum Clipper, R899 2/ Azzaro Wanted EDT 50ml, R895 3/ Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush, R900 4/ Diesel Only The Brave EDT 75ml, R910 5/ Kambrook Stainless Steel Griller 2000W, R599

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1/ Safeway Foil Shaver, R189 2/ Woody’s For Men Mold It Styling Gel 100g, R22995 3/ Bounce Frenzy Series Bluetooth Wireless Speaker, R299 4/ Hugo Boss Bottled Deodrant Spray 150ml, R205 5/ The Body Shop Activist Shower Gel 200ml, R150

1/ Lacoste L.12.12 Magnetic Pour Lui EDT 100ml, R1 130 2/ Marshall Stockwell Bluetooth Speaker, R3 99995 3/ Kambrook Aspire Espresso Maker 850 W, R1 399 4/ Philips Series 7000 Wet & Dry Shaver, R2 999

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ccording to recent industry research, even though the male A grooming industry is booming, most men still either do not buy their grooming products themselves, or they need expert assistance to keep looking sharp and stylish. With Father’s Day looming, we chat to the experts for a list of the top look-good tips, with a special focus on how to stand out from the crowd in spite of the cold.

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Exfoliation is essential “If there is one thing that we cannot stress enough, it would be to use an exfoliator,” says Jared Hines, co-owner of Hines & Harley Men’s Grooming Lounge in Johannesburg. Exfoliating is the most important step in your skincare routine as it removes all dead skin, allowing for better absorption of products. It reduces ingrown hairs, as the hair can break through the skin, and it brings healthy skin cells to the surface, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

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avoid hot-water showers This winter, not only should you be conservative about the length of your showers, but also consider the temperature of the water you use. Prolonged exposure to very hot water can flush away the natural oils that work to keep the skin and hair feeling soft. Be sure to finish your shower with lukewarm water, as cooler water has the effect of closing the pores for a fresher, healthier appearance.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield Hydrating Lotion SPF 25 50ml, R13995

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Moisturise and protect “Always apply a daily moisturiser,” says Hines. It creates a protective layer against the effects of pollution and the environment, while providing moisture to the skin. Daily application of sunblock is crucial against the ageing effect of sun exposure. Wear a good SPF every day, even when it’s overcast.

Oral-B Professional Care 500 Rechargeable Toothbrush, R900 go electric A comprehensive UK study has found that electric toothbrushes are, indeed, more effective than manual toothbrushes in reducing plaque and guarding against gum problems. Floss at least once a day, as good oral hygiene is fundamental to a well-groomed appearance.

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Sorbet Man Beard Oil 50ml, R159

shave with care Most men are thrown off their daily shaving routine because of the discomfort factor. In most cases, skin irritation Best for caused by shaving is, in soothing fact, the result of shaving irritated skin with an inferior razor or and razor blunt blades. Make sure burns you keep your shaving equipment sharp, and hunt for an aftershave balm that suits your skin and leaves it feeling soft and relaxed. “Visiting a professional barber for a hot-towel shave can introduce you to products and techniques that make your own routine far more enjoyable,” says Monique Fleming of Bonafide Beards.

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Nourish and maintain your beard Facial hair has hit the mainstream, and men have a great deal of beard-grooming products available to them. “The most common mistake a lot of men make is to assume that beard grooming is only about the beard itself,” says Fleming.“However, it is more about taking care of the skin from which the beard grows.” She advises that men opt for chemical- and paraben-free products, such as oils and balms, as they can be particularly effective in “conditioning and softening the beard, and protecting it from harsh elements such as cold, rain and wind”. Once your beard is established, it is vital to keep it looking trimmed and neat. Beard trimmers are worthwhile investments, she says, while a trip to the barber every month will ensure your beard stays shaped and sculpted in the style that works for you.

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get up close and personal Invest in a personal groomer to take care of unsightly ear, nose and neck hair. These are inexpensive, efficient gadgets that make a world of difference to your presentation.

Be carefree and in charge this winter with these handy new additions for men!

stay fresh all day A great fragrance that lasts for hours is what every man on the move needs.The new Status scents – Rich Ebony, Fierce Spirit, Pure Endurance and Strong Legend – will take you from boardroom to a night out, and keep you comfortable and confident all the way. How does it work? Pick your favourite scent, purchase the roll-on, from R1895, and the 130ml body spray, R2895, and feel your cool-factor rise.

Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water 150ml, R160

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prevent bad hair days by being prepared for bad weather On days when the wind is howling and the rain is beating down, you will need to use some products to keep your look presentable. “For your hair, the best product in bad weather is a hair cream or clay, which both allow different looks. With cream, the hair will move yet retain its style, while the clay is better for making sure the hair stays put throughout it all.”

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Know what your skin needs People are different so, of course, products that work for one individual might not work for another. If you are not getting the results you are looking for, despite the investment, perhaps it is time to consult a professional. Experts such as Hines & Harley Men’s Grooming Lounge or Sorbet Man offer a skin analysis service, where a qualified somatologist will determine your skin’s needs and recommend the best treatment and products for you.

Smart men know just how to look their best and save time... by using the best products, of course. Ditch the pain and effort of razor blades – all you need is a simple and effective hair remover that leaves you with a smooth finish. Look no further than the No Hair hair removal range for men, from R4495.

Hairgum Road Hairdressing Pomade 100g, R199

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create your own gentle moisturiser In winter, it is easy to develop dry or scaly patches of skin in many places on the body, such as the hands, feet and elbows. Although baby oil is too greasy to use on its own, adding a few drops of water to the bottle dilutes the oil enough to become an effective body moisturiser. According to hair and make-up artist Desmond van Staden, this mixture can also be used as a hair serum to guard against a dry scalp and to give your hair a moisture boost.

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1/ Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Set (Medium Shadow Brush pictured here), R469 2/ Essie Nail Lacquer in Sexy Divide, R13995 3/ Revlon Dramatic Definition Mascara, R165 4/ Smudge Gel Eyeliner in Plum Purple, R4995 5/ Maybelline Diamond Glow Eyeshadow in Purple Drama, R14995 6/ Max Factor Max Effect Mini Nail Polish in Purple Haze, R7595 7/ Toni & Guy High Definition Spray Wax 150ml, R11995 8/ NYX Professional Makeup Face and Body Glitter in Violet, R12495


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Don’t let the grey skies get you down. With help from Claire’s, you’ll look cute, no matter the weather! Find a selection of the hottest accessories and jewellery at the Claire’s stores – at Cavendish, Canal Walk, Cape Gate, The Pavilion, Mall of Africa or Menlyn Park. Also available at more than 160 Clicks stores nationwide. Model wears: Star Ear Crawler Earrings, R175, and Hair Elastics, R105. Pictured below: Black Bow Hair Accessory, R105; and Charm Bracelet, R165.

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2/ Power shower Make the most of water-saving showers with this indulgent gem. Created with 55% natural oils, your skin will feel soft and smooth in less than two minutes! Nivea Pampering Shower Oil 200ml, R5195 3/ Skin saviour Save your skin from uneven tones, stretch

marks and dehydration with this lightweight oil. Massage into your skin after showering and it’ll work its magic without you even knowing it. Oh So Heavenly Repair ’n Care Tissue Oil Repairing Body Oil 125ml, R8995

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Bring a zing of summer to your man’s scent this winter with Davidoff Cool Water Wave EDT 75ml, R845. With zesty top notes of grapefruit and Sichuan pepper and base notes of patchouli and sandalwood, you’ll think you’re back on the beach.

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The new Sorbet Makeup range makes smooth, smudge-free application easy with the Stroke of Genius Precision Pen Eyeliner, R19995. The Eye to Eye Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Crush, R17995, has all the shades you need for a subtle natural look, while Eye and Mighty! Eye to Eye Shading Brush, R120, blends like a pro!

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Here’s what SA’s beauty addicts love right now:

Zipho Ntloko – blogger at The Makeup Stand “For protective hairdos, Dr Miracle’s Super Strength Deep Conditioner 49.7g, R2899, is a must-have for your braid-care routine. I love how effectively it tackles a dry and itchy scalp, while leaving the mid-lengths of my braids looking cleansed and refreshed.”

Robyn Thomas – blogger at bewhole.co.za “After a week of opting for a wash-and-go, my hair feels dry and fragile. Hask Macadamia Oil Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment 50g, R6299, is great for a quick boost of hydration on wash day. The macadamia oil helps to revive my ends, leaving my hair feeling soft and easy to detangle.”

Leigh van den Berg – Lindy Lin – professional blogger at make-up artist “I use Garnier Ultimate lipglossismylife.com Blends The Sleek Restorer “One of my favourites is Balm 300ml, R7495, on my Vichy Dercos Nourishing colour-treated hair. I find it Reparative Rich Mask works best when I soak a 200ml, R320. I use it when my hair feels dry, usually in towel in warm water, apply the product to my hair winter or after too much and then wrap the towel heat styling. A little goes around my head. After 20 a long way and it turns minutes, I rinse it out and my colour-treated, fine wash and condition my strands into silk without hair as normal.” weighing them down.”

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1/ Oxy Sensitive Daily Moisturiser SPF15 150ml, R7295 2/ Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel 30ml, R525 3/ Vichy Normaderm Night Detox 40ml, R290

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L’Oréal Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Mask 50ml, R15999 The marine algae extract in this formula will beat winter blues caused by spots and blackheads.

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Roberto Cavalli Uomo EDT 60ml, R965 We love everything about this new addition – from its classic bottle to its woody scent that oozes sophistication.

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Lust list Clinique All About Shadow Quads in Galaxy, R495 Layers of edginess can be found in this long-lasting palette. Bonus? It's gentle enough for even the most sensitive eyes.

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L’Oréal Tattoo Signature by Superliner, R159 There’s a fine line between edginess and sass – and this eyeliner is it. One stroke and you’ll have a precise, intense look that lasts all night.

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Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara, R9995 Ditch all things ordinary and go for a standout look. Definition and volume are just a slick away.

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hair beauty o you remember Chris Rock’s 2009 documentary Good Hair? It explores the complicated perceptions women of colour have about what they think “good hair” should be. In the process, it unveils the numerous social stigmas that continue to influence the complex relationships young girls develop with their hair. The documentary not only played a pivotal role in hair education, but it had a pretty significant impact on many women’s hair journeys. There’s at least one story or account in the film we can all identify with – whether it’s the depiction of a young girl’s fixation with straight hair and relaxers, or the newfound love and appreciation we discover as adults for our hair’s versatility. More recently, with the impact of social media, we’ve seen a huge natural hair movement emerge globally – one that’s allowed us to reclaim our follicles and their worth.

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The natural hair revolution is changing the way women wear and care for their hair. We chat to the experts about how to get the best out of yours.

“Is there a golden rule to treating Afro hair? Whether it’s thick, wavy, curly or kinky in its natural state…” One would assume there’s a complicated method or technique behind restoring life to your strands but that’s not the case. All your hair really needs and craves is moisture, particularly in winter. “In cold weather, the air is dry and your strands are left even drier with the use of heat-styling tools. This is why it’s so important to change up your hair regimen to ensure more moisture is infused and sealed into your hair,” says Ntombenhle Khathwane, the brain behind AfroBotanics.

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your roots Curly, kinky, coily… Hair in its natural state is claiming its rightful place. Here’s how best to care for it. By Zipho Ntloko

“What changes should I make to my winter routine to improve my hair’s moisture?” 1/ Use a hair oil, which works well as a quick fix for thirsty, lacklustre

and frizzy coils.

2/ Treat your hair to a mask at least once a week – consider this a pick-

me-up for hair in need of a little vibrancy and hydration. 3/ Switch your shampoo. Ever heard of sulfates? They’re a form of detergent found in pretty much all cleansing products, from face washes to bar soaps and shampoos. Sulfates aren’t all that bad, but if dryness is a recurring issue for you, try and avoid this ingredient as it can strip moisture out of your hair. Tip: Use a co-wash that replenishes moisture while gently removing dirt. 4/ Lastly, pay close attention to your ends. Khathwane says that “our ends are more susceptible to dryness than the rest of our hair, so protect them by applying an oil or natural butter after moisturising”. Avoid silicones as these tend to seal the hair and prevent moisture from penetrating. In the long run, this will dry your strands out. DARK AND LOVELY Au Naturale 3in1 Cleansing Conditioner 250ml, R8499 THE BODY SHOP Shea Beautifying Oil 100ml, R161 MY NATURAL Hair Moisturising Butter 125ml, R9999 AUNT JACKIE’S Curls & Coils Flaxseed Recipes Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque 426g, R12795

“Which natural ingredients work best?” “Try different carrier oils like olive, coconut and almond to see which your hair prefers, as oils are essential for type 3 and type 4 textures (see

Ease the transition

“I stopped using relaxer over a year ago, after deciding to go natural with my hair. The number one go-to brand that changed my hair and eased the transition was the powerful Aunt Jackie’s. I love how the ingredients repaired, nourished and improved my hair’s health. I soon became a regular shopper in the haircare aisle. As time passed, I noticed that Clicks incorporated a number of natural hair products and brands. The regular promotions and 3-for-2 offers mean that I’m often able to earn points and save money as I shop. I’m loving this natural hair journey, thanks to Clicks. I couldn’t be any happier with my experience.” – Andrea Smith, ClubCard reader and Clicks shopper

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beauty hair box What’s your hair type?),” says Amanda Cooke, writer and natural hair influencer. Aloe (the holy grail of skin- and haircare) is also great to use, as Cooke reveals it doubles as “a natural conditioner, making it perfect for your final rinse”. Avoid products containing sulfates, parabens, mineral oils and certain silicones as they can dry out hair. Check product labels for dimethicone, methicone and variations of these ingredients as these are good types of silicones for natural hair.

“Is it bad to use heat on my natural hair?” Not necessarily, as long as heat is used in moderation. Khathwane explains that “there are safer ways to straighten and curl natural hair – even the most kinky hair can be straightened using bantu knot-outs, braid-outs or twist-outs. If you have to use heat-styling tools, ensure they’re set on low heat and apply a good heat protectant, as once hair is damaged it cannot be reversed.” LEE STAFFORD Argan Oil From Morocco Miracle Heat Defence Spray 200ml, R16995 TRESEMMÉ Heat Defense Styling Spray Protect 300ml, R8899

“I’m considering transitioning to natural hair but my lengths are wrecked from careless styling habits. What should be my next approach?” We hate to break it to you, but it might be time for you to make the “big chop”. For those who are a little anxious at the thought of this, Khathwane says it simply entails “cutting all your relaxed hair so you start afresh with a natural crop. Others prefer to have the natural hair at a certain length before removing the relaxed, and that’s fine too.”

What’s your hair type? Type 3 A curly texture with “S”-shaped or spiralled strands. 3A and 3B are categories for medium-tolarge curls, while smaller curls are referenced as 3C. Type 4 A kinky texture with fine, fragile strands that are tightly packed together, giving off a dense and thick shape. Type 4A has “S”-shaped curls, while 4B and 4C typically have “Z” curl patterns.

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Limit your use of heat-styling tools to three times a week to avoid significant heat damage.

To avoid snipping away large amounts of hair in the future, she advises:

“Keep your two different hair types healthy. The more fragile and complicated part of transitioning hair is the line of distinction where the relaxed hair ends and the natural hair begins. The difference in textures often leads to tangling, so keep your natural hair well-conditioned and moisturised.” Cooke also reminds us that patience is key: “It can be very frustrating working with two different hair types while you transition. Research different hairstyles (such as bantu knots) to make it easier.”

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“Is it OK to wear my natural hair in protective styles?” Yes, protective styles are intended to shield your hair from environmental elements such as heat or cold weather as well as tension from daily tugging and brushing. However, if you decide to keep your braids, twists or cornrows in for longer than recommended, that’s when hair health issues arise. Khathwane insists that “protective styles are only meant for giving hair a break from daily manipulation. Aim to keep them for two to four weeks and opt for medium or box-sized braids rather than the thinner options”. Make sure never to style your hair too tightly as this will damage your roots, which may lead to hair loss.

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CANTU Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream 453g, R15995 AUNT JACKIE’S Curls & Coils In Control Moisturizing & Softening Conditioner 260ml, R7595


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Show your body some love: 1/ 3-in-1 Shower Gel 250ml, R3999 – this multitasker is safe for use on your body, face and hair. 2/ Anti-Perspirant Roll-On 50ml, R2199 – no body odour can make it through the 48-hour protection! Your face-care routine: 3/ 2-in-1 Face Wash & Scrub 150ml, R7999 – start your day with an exfoliating scrub and a fresh face. 4/ Face Moisturiser SP15 50ml, R120 – step 2 will leave your face feeling super soft. 5/ Pre-Shave Oil 125ml, R15999 – it’s smooth gliding all the way thanks to the almond, olive and castor oils.

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Time to lose it The werewolf look might keep you warm in winter, but those extra layers of back fluff aren’t always appealing. Give us 45 minutes every six or so weeks and we’ll bring sexy back. Book your Back Wax, R340, at your nearest Sorbet Man store or online at sorbetman.co.za.

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Book dad in for one of our great combo treatment options at Sorbet Man Salons. The Man Plan Packages, from R180 to R615, have put his wants and needs together to come up with a sweet deal he can’t resist.


It’s time to man up June is Men’s Health Month and because we know most men dread doctor’s visits and try to avoid screenings, we’ve answered some of your questions on what symptoms to look out for and when to have them checked. We also have a way for you to save a few lives without compromising your own health! Turn the page to see the top five cancers that affect South African men.

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”

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Did you know? on average, a heart beats around 100 000 times a day! and the heartbeat of a woman, on average, is faster than a man’s by roughly 8 beats per minute!

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Proper stretching is an essential part of any workout, but it is especially important in winter as the cold aggravates aching muscles. Turns out the duration of the stretch is linked to the maximum benefit reached by your workout. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, adults should spend as much time doing multiple sets of stretches as they do for exercise, and hold each stretch for 30 seconds. Focus on your range of motion post-workout for optimum results.

How often should you change your toothbrush? Dentists say at least every three months, and this goes for electric toothbrush heads too. At Clicks, you’re spoilt for choice – see our extensive range of dental care products online or in store.

Banish the blister Are cold sores making you wish you’d never left the house? The good news is that most cold sores can be treated with a cream, and they usually disappear after about four days of twice-daily applications. Try one of these over-the-counter treatments: Fenivir Cold Sore Cream 2g, R6250; Acitop Fever Blister Cream 2g, R3495.

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Most cancers can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle, without smoking and binge drinking. Chat to your Clicks Pharmacist about our GoSmokeFree programme for extra support.

According to Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), these are the top five cancers affecting South African men: Prostate/ Often progressing without any visible symptoms, regular screening through a blood test from age 50 (sooner for men with a family history) is the best way of catching prostate cancer early. Screenings are offered at selected Clicks Clinics Colorectal/ The risk of colon cancer increases with age and can be identified by a change in bowel movement, stomach pain, rectal bleeding and sudden weight loss. Screening takes place with a colonoscopy, and treatment via radiation or chemotherapy depends on the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed. Lung/ Naturally, smokers are at a higher risk of lung cancer, but those inhaling secondhand smoke are also at risk. Diagnosis takes place through an examination of the lungs with a fibreoptic telescope or a CT scan, and treatment may be through surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Smokers (and those who have a history of smoking) over the age of 50 should schedule screenings with their doctor. Kaposi sarcoma/ A biopsy and laboratory analysis can determine whether a lesion is cancerous. Reduce your risk by applying the same rules of prevention as HIV, such as practising safe sex and avoiding sharing intravenous needles with others. Bladder/ If you notice any changes in your urine, the frequency of your bathroom visits or the way it feels when you urinate, make an appointment to see your doctor. Those over 55, smokers and those with a family history are all at a higher risk of bladder cancer.

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As easy as A, B, O South Africa only has 2.1 days of useable blood left, according to South African National Blood Service (SANBS), on 19 April. To celebrate World Blood Donor Day on 14 June, why not donate blood at your closest blood donation centre (see the list at sanbs.org.za) and save up to three lives! Whether you’re a regular or a first-time donor, the process is quick and easy. All blood types are needed, but what else is required before you can donate? Complete honesty when answering questions on your lifestyle and health habits.

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Raise the bar

Not only are they delicious, snack bars are convenient, healthy and affordable too. The new Smartbite Date Bars 35g, R999 each, are a welcome addition to the range. There are three variations: Berry & Cherry, Cocoa & Coconut and Almond & Cashew – we recommend you try them all!


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winter ills

If you don’t take care, a simple cold can give way to flu, bronchitis and potentially deadly pneumonia. Take steps to keep healthy this chilly season. By Glynis Horning

s temperatures drop, our bodies become vulnerable to a host of microorganisms. The irritation of the common cold (the most common infectious disease worldwide) is bad enough, and most of us get two to four colds a year. But if symptoms worsen, you may have flu or bronchitis, which can develop into pneumonia. It pays to know which of these you have, so you can treat it early and break the chain of winter ills.

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A COLD This can be caused by any one of 200 known viruses, picked up from an infected person through a sneeze or physical contact, says Dr Neville Wellington, a GP at Medicross Kenilworth in Cape Town. A cold is limited to your upper respiratory system, and announces itself with

a runny, stuffy nose, streaming eyes and raspy throat. As your body’s white cells rally to fight the infection, they release cytokines, chemicals that can also make you tired and slightly feverish. Though unpleasant, a cold is rarely serious and is generally over in four to 14 days. Treat it/ Antibiotics won’t help – they’re effective only against bacteria and powerless against viruses. All you can do is get some rest and drink plenty of fluids (to keep mucous fluid and easier to expel), says Wellington. Ask your Clicks Pharmacist about OTC relief such as nasal decongestants, paracetamol or ibuprofen, adds Clicks Pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman. Prevent it/ Take steps now to boost your immune system (see sidebar – Beef up your immunity). Natural health advocates swear by large doses of vitamin C at the first hint of a sore throat, and zinc lozenges. But take care: the Mayo Clinic warns that megadoses of vitamin C may cause gastrointestinal problems, and large doses of zinc can be toxic.

FLU There are three types – influenza A, B and C – but many strains. Like colds, flu is caused by viruses, but comes on more suddenly, with a high temperature, shivering, weak and aching muscles, headache, sore throat and nausea. Flu usually lasts seven to 10 days, but symptoms may linger. And if your immune system is low, it can be deadly: Dr Sibongile Walaza, medical epidemiologist at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, reports that flu kills 6 000 to 11 000 South Africans a year. If you get painfully short of breath, cough up large quantities of green, bloody phlegm, or have a high fever for more than three days, be sure to see a professional, says Wellington. Treat it/ As with a cold, antibiotics won’t help and your best bet is bed rest (you’ll want it!) and lots of liquids. Again, ask your Clicks Pharmacist about OTC relief (a decongestant, throat lozenges and painkillers), says Abdurahman. Prevent it/

Your greatest protection is an annual flu shot to ward off the most dangerous strains expected, and possibly reduce the

did you know?

Flu vaccinations are now available at Clicks Clinics. To make an appointment, call 0860 254 257 or go to clicks.co.za/ clinicBooking

symptoms of others. Having a shot is especially important if you are over 65 or have a heart, kidney or lung condition, asthma or HIV/Aids.

BRONCHITIS This is inflammation of the airways leading to your lungs, and can develop from a cold or flu. The inflammation produces swelling and mucous, and as your body tries to get rid of it, you cough. You may wheeze when you breathe, run a fever and lack energy. You are more at risk of bronchitis if your respiratory system has been compromised by smoking or environmental pollution, or your immune system is low, says Wellington. Most bronchitis is the acute variety, developing fast and lasting less than two weeks. But if you smoke, bronchitis can be chronic – lingering or constantly returning. If you don’t get medical attention, it can lead to pneumonia, as your immune defences are weakened when you are ill. Treat it/ Because bronchitis is almost always caused by a virus, often following a cold or flu, antibiotics won’t help, but there are medications that can relieve symptoms. Ask your pharmacist or health professional about an OTC expectorant and cough lozenges, and get lots of fluid and rest, says Abdurahman. Prevent it/ Don’t smoke, or allow others to smoke in your home, and boost your immunity. And if you get a cold or flu, head it off with rest and fluids to prevent it leading to bronchitis.

PNEUMONIA This is an infection inside one or both of your lungs (when it’s in both, you have ‘double pneumonia’). Pneumonia can be caused by viruses – sometimes

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health winter the same ones that cause flu (influenza A or B) – or by bacteria, or simply by breathing in irritants such as chemicals. Viral pneumonia has flu-like symptoms (fever, muscle aches, weakness), along with chest pain when you breathe deeply or cough, and your cough is often dry or only slightly productive. With bacterial pneumonia, your cough produces thick green or rust-coloured (and often bloody) phlegm. Untreated, pneumonia can be life-threatening, cautions Wellington. Treat it/ You need to see a health professional to diagnose it – they may want to confirm it with a chest X-ray or scan, or blood and sputum tests. Bacterial pneumonia will respond to antibiotics, but viral pneumonia will not, and you will have to resort to bed rest and relief of symptoms with OTC preparations, Abdurahman says. Never ignore signs of pneumonia, and if your breathing becomes difficult, you cough blood, or your lips and fingernails turn blue, get emergency medical attention. Prevent it/ Have your flu jab each year, don’t smoke, and boost your immunity.

Beef up your immunity MANAGE YOUR DIET Include a wide variety of foods, says Anja Smant, a dietitian at Medicross Springs. “Fruit and vegetables provide antioxidants. Choose different colours – red (think tomatoes, peppers), green (spinach, cabbage) and yellow/orange (pumpkin, carrots) – and make delicious winter stews.” Eat oily fish (sardines, salmon) two or three times a week for omega-3 fatty acids. Also keep up your protein levels with chicken or a little red meat (high in iron and zinc; vital for the functioning of certain immune cells) once or twice a week, and have regular helpings of lentils, pulses and whole grains. Vegetarians can have dairy, eggs (even daily), soya and a handful of nuts.

HAVE YOUR SHOT If you haven’t had your flu jab yet, it’s never too late, says Abdurahman. But don’t go if you’re already showing signs of illness – your infection may get worse.

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GET MOVING! It’s harder to get out of bed in winter, but moderate exercise five days a week may cut your risk of getting a cold by nearly 50%, according to a US study. Lead researcher Dr David Nieman at Appalachian State University in North Carolina reports that exercise sparks a temporary spike in immune system cells circulating in your body, which can attack foreign invaders.

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CLEAN UP YOUR HYGIENCE Wash your hands regularly to guard against infection, especially after coming from school or the shops – use soap and dry them well, says Durban microbiologist Dr AK Peer. Don’t touch your face (your mouth, nose and eyes) and don’t share food utensils, glasses or cups. Avoid contact with anyone who has a cold or flu and teach children to cover their mouth and nose with their elbow if they cough or sneeze, not their hand, so they don’t pass on germs.


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vitamin C

Everything you need to know about this key immune-boosting compound.

The antioxidant factor Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant – literally meaning it fights oxidation – which plays many different key roles in the body. Simply put, it can protect indispensable molecules in the body (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) from damage by free radicals that are generated in normal metabolism, as well as through exposure to toxins and pollutants. According to experts, in the human body, this oxidation can kill otherwise healthy cells and can even cause tumours in the

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process. “Vitamin C is needed to form collagen to make tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. The body also uses vitamin C to repair and maintain cartilage, bones and teeth, to heal wounds and to form scar tissue,” says Clicks Pharmacist Waheed Abdurahman. Vitamin C is vital While it’s debatable as to whether vitamin C can prevent the common cold, it may shorten the amount of time a person is sick, and it may lessen the severity of symptoms, says Abdurahman. A recent study found that an intake of 500mg per day of vitamin C, along with beta-carotene, vitamin E and zinc supplements, slowed the progression of advanced age-related macular degeneration by about 25%. It also helped slow visual acuity loss by 19% for those who are already at high risk of developing the disease.

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Vitamin C is available in tablets, chewable tablets, gummies and effervescent format. Whatever you choose, be sure you’re getting enough. Chat to your Clicks Pharmacist about the best supplement for you.

How to recognise a deficiency:

You’ll suffer from bleeding gums, poor healing of bruises and wounds, skin lesions, rheumatic pain in legs and depression. Smoking lowers vitamin C levels in the body.

recommended dietary allowance: 60–70mg. Some nutritionists say the optimal dose is between 500–1000mg.

Try:

GNC Vitamin C 1000 MG Dietary Supplement, R175, will help strengthen your immune system.

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itamin C, also called V ascorbic acid, is crucial to many bodily functions, including growing and repairing tissues throughout the body, and is perhaps most popular in preventing cold and flu. We know that oranges and lemons are packed with it, but did you know that so too are pineapples, blueberries, watermelon and cranberries. Vegetable sources include spinach, cabbage, leafy greens, tomato, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.


arthritis health

Is arthritis w rse in winter? Many sufferers swear their symptoms worsen in cold, wet weather, but is there science to support this? By Glynis Horning

rthritis can cause great pain, as some 20% of the population can testify. In its most common form, cartilage covering the ends of your bones wears down until bone rubs on bone. This is osteoporosis, a degenerative disease that develops with age, obesity or overuse. In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease anyone can develop, membranes lining your joints are attacked by your body’s own defence system. Many arthritis sufferers dread winter, insisting the cold and wet intensify their discomfort – some even claim they can predict rain from the level of pain in their joints. But what’s the evidence? “Scientists have come up with two opposing answers, both of which have merit,” says Aletta van der Watt, CEO of the Arthritis

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health arthritis weather) are actually painful,” he said recently. Vagg said there was more evidence to support the idea that bodily changes triggered by cooler weather could merely amplify pain signals from your joints that were already there. When it’s cold, nerves of your sympathetic nervous system (responsible for functions

Inactivity may make arthritis pain worse by reducing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your joints

Keep warm/ Wear a hat, scarf,

leggings, gloves and socks to retain body heat and keep finger, toe and knee joints warm. Keep moving/ Inactivity may make arthritis pain worse by reducing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to your joints. “It’s vital for arthritis sufferers to keep their muscles strong enough to relieve pressure on their joints,” says Van der Watt. Exercise also releases feel-good endorphins so you can deal better with pain. Wrap up and walk outdoors, swim in a heated pool, walk in a mall or use a treadmill or elliptical trainer. Start slowly and aim for 30 minutes

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Keep eating sensibly/ It’s tempting to overindulge when it’s cold, but extra weight puts more pressure on joints. Have whole grains, lean protein, oily fish (omega-3 oils and bio-available turmeric may reduce inflammation, says Van der Watt) and plenty of vegetables and fruits. Some arthritis sufferers claim acidic foods (citrus, tomatoes) or dairy products worsen arthritis, but there is no scientific evidence for this, and these foods provide vitamins for immunity and calcium to protect bones. Sadly, there is no evidence either that red wine will ward off arthritis because of the antioxidant resveratrol. Ask your Clicks Pharmacist about supplements/ These

include omega-3 fish oil capsules or glucosamine-chondroitin, but no herbal supplements have been proven in clinical studies to relieve arthritis. Also ask about OTC pain relievers. “There are several new creams and ointments available to reduce pain and inflammation without the possible side effects of medication,” says Van der Watt. For more information, contact the Arthritis Foundation of SA – email aletta@arthritis.org.za, call the helpline 0861 30 30 30 or 021 425 2344, or visit the website arthritis.org.za.

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you don’t think about, such as breathing) constrict to reduce heat loss and keep your body core warm. Increased activity of those nerves around joints might increase the pain you feel, he said. The jury is still out, “but the final word should go to the patient”, says Van der Watt. “Whatever the cause, reports of increased pain in cold, wet weather have been there for generations, and what we really need to know is how to cope with the pain.”

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a day. Normal exercise won’t cause arthritis – it’s only continuous high use of particular joints that may cause injuries and lead to this, she says. Keep hydrated/ Even slight dehydration may increase your sensitivity to pain, according to a study published in the journal Experimental Physiology.

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Foundation of SA. In a survey by Prof Robert Jamison at Harvard Medical School in the US, nearly 68% of people said weather changes affected their pain, and reported feeling a change in their pain levels before wet or cold spells. Jamison suggested pain is caused by the drop in barometric (atmospheric) pressure when a storm develops, because as the pressure falls, tissues in the body may expand and put greater pressure on nerves that control pain signals. But other researchers, such as pain specialist Dr Michael Vagg, a clinical senior lecturer at Deakin University Medical School in the US, disagree. Vagg says extreme bariatric pressure could cause joint pain only if you were on Everest: “We don’t believe the minor variations in pressure that you get at normal altitude (similar to those that occur with changes in


health energy Easy ways to up your energy LEVELS

Just a few tweaks to your daily routine can take you from superslump to superhero! 1/ Pay attention to your plate

Snack suggestions: Unsalted nuts and raisins; dark chocolate; hardboiled egg; green smoothie with spinach; sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter; raw veggie sticks with hummus.

Start your day with a good breakfast and opt for protein over carbs for lunchtime. Make a weekly shopping list so your fridge is stocked with fresh ingredients, and plan your work lunches to include a variety of meal options throughout the week. If you’re not rushed, pack your lunch the night before (we know how easy it is to opt for junk food instead!) and keep your blood sugar levels consistent by munching on healthy snacks throughout the day. 2/ Hydration is your hero

The easiest way to stay hydrated? Keep a water bottle at your desk and set yourself the goal of drinking one bottle per hour while you’re at work (and you’ll have your eight glasses down by 5pm!). After a while you’ll start reaching for a sip without even knowing it. When 4pm comes, make yourself a cup of herbal tea for an extra boost.

survive the

slump

We all know the drill – afternoon comes and our productivity levels drop. Here’s how to make it through the day. By Shani Rhoda

uninspired. Take a few minutes throughout the day to go for a walk outside, do light hand and arm stretches and eye exercises at your desk and call your partner or a friend for a quick chat.

3/ Schedule regular breaks

Spot the slump How do you know if you’re a victim? Here are easy-to-spot signs – it’s 4pm and you’re... • Feeling lethargic • Yawning nonstop • Unable to concentrate • In a bad mood for no reason • Sure a headache is on its way • Are craving sugar.

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4/ Plan like a pro

Schedule your least favourite tasks for the morning so you have something to look forward to in the afternoon. When you’re feeling less productive, stay busy by clearing your desk or emptying your inbox – small tasks like these leave your to-do list feeling lighter without taking too much energy. Saving group work and more interactive tasks for after lunch is also an effective way of sidestepping that lethargic feel towards the end of the day.

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Try these energy boosters: Vita-Thion Energy Tonic 20 Effervescent Tablets, R125; FerriFizz Iron for Energy 10 Effervescent Tablets, R8999; Berocca Boost Liquid Energy 15ml, R699; Bioplus 10 Effervescent Tablets, R6899

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Being chained to your desk might be the reason you’re feeling


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Shake it up!

food health Beat the bugs This flu-fighting smoothie packed with vitamin C is ideal for winter when viruses are spreading or for kids going to school, where they are exposed to hundreds of bugs each day. The antibacterial properties of the cranberries and strawberries will boost the body’s natural immune defences. The yoghurt not only tastes great, but it’s packed with muscle-building protein, bone-strengthening calcium and plenty of probiotics to keep your gut healthy. INGREDIENTS

Want to give your immune system a boost this winter? Add these protein-packed smoothies to your post-workout morning routine.

100g cranberries 100g strawberries 200g blueberries 2 dried apricots 2 dried prunes 150ml Greek yoghurt 150ml full-cream milk 2 tsp Smartbite flaxseed oil

Including protein in your postworkout breakfast has ample benefits: it aids muscle growth and repair and replenishes your energy after you’ve exercised. These shakes will make for a nutritious, healthy start to your day!

Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth.

Blenders to try new

Smooth moves Packed with antioxidants, the cinnamon and orange lead the fight against infections and inflammation. The vitamin A in the orange juice has detoxifying properties, while B9 aids blood circulation. Blend all ingredients, except muesli, cinnamon and orange zest, together. Add the muesli, sprinkle with orange zest and cinnamon, and dig in. INGREDIENTS 225g strawberries 200ml orange juice 2 tsp orange zest 250g cottage cheese 75g muesli ½ tsp cinnamon

In the sport zone

Try GNC Total Lean 25G High-Protein Shake, R399. It’s quick, convenient and will aid management of blood sugar. Plus, it will leave you feeling fuller for longer and will aid weight-loss efforts.

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No time to make a smoothie?

Kambrook Aspire 600W Glass Jug Blender, R559

This shake will kick-start your day with vitality and energy, thanks to the enzymes in the pineapple, natural sugar in the mango and slow-release potassium and vitamin B6 in the banana. It’s the perfect start to your day, whether you’ve worked out or not! INGREDIENTS

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Safeway Jug Blender 1.5 Litres, R449

1 small pineapple, peeled 1 medium mango, peeled and sliced 2 bananas 400ml can coconut milk

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Hello, little one

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There are many ways for expectant parents to communicate with their babies – 4D scans enable you to closely follow your baby’s development, while talking and reading to your baby might help both of you relax (there is no research to prove that this makes your baby smarter, though). Once you hit 25 weeks of pregnancy, your baby can hear your voice and might react to the music you play for her by moving around more or having an increased heart rate. Turn to page 68 for more reasons why it’s important to encourage your little one to read.

“The thing about parenting rules is there aren’t any. That’s what makes it so difficult.” – Actor Ewan McGregor

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Newborn ailments / Winter health / Little readers


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Safe and sound Make everyday tasks a little easier for you and safer for baby.

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1/ Meds made easy Safety 1st Easy Fill Medicine Syringe, R3499 2/ Mom alert! Angelcare Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor, R2 199 3/ Careful crawling Safety 1st Outlet Plug Protectors 12 Pack, R3299

Before you turn off the lights, it’s important to make sure that baby is adequately dressed for the cold winter nights. Avoid leaving a heater unattended in baby’s room – this could be a major safety hazard, and could cause baby to overheat. Instead, dress baby in a vest and a lightweight but warm baby grower as well as a light cotton cap. Make sure baby is swaddled as loose blankets may make her more vulnerable to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Check on baby regularly – if she’s sweating or her breathing has become more rapid, remove a layer of clothing.

Did you know? Babies have more bones than adults. This is because their small bones fuse together in the months and years after they’re born to form larger ones.

Bathtime just got better Children should feel happy in their skin whether it’s normal, sensitive or eczema-prone. That’s why Childs Farm uses only the best naturally derived ingredients and essential oils (that smell heavenly)! Put the fun back into bathtime with the dermatologist- and paediatrician-approved range of Childs Farm products, from R9999.

Crib kit from Clicks: Blankets, from R9999 Growers and vests, from R6999 Cotton caps, from R4999

Strong and healthy During your pregnancy and in the first few years of your baby’s life, both your bodies need support. Bio-Strath syrup and tablets, from R4290, are a 100% natural nutritional supplement, providing more than 60 essential nutrients in a format that’s easy to absorb.

Five common newborn ailments Should you be concerned?

Is your child a picky eater?

Clicks stocks a range of ready-to-eat foods for babies in a variety of yummy flavours:

Purity First, Second, Third and Fourth Foods, from R899 Clicks Made 4 Baby Stages 1-3 Baby Foods, from R899

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Jaundice

A yellowish tint on a baby’s skin is caused by a high amount of bilirubin (the chemical formed when the body breaks down red blood cells). The symptoms may worsen before the condition improves, but it’s best to have your baby checked out by your paediatrician as it may cause damage to the nervous system. only at

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Winter means heartier, more complex dishes, and so is a great time to get your baby to eat the foods she has previously rejected. Do this by including small amounts of the foods they are not so keen on and blend together with their favourites to make their purée a bit more palatable. Remember, patience is key here as it may take several attempts before baby starts asking for more! Try these tasty ingredients: Sweet potato/ High in vitamins A and C. Lentils/ High in iron, so great for healthy blood and a strong immune system. Carrots/ Naturally sweet, carrots are also high in dietary fibre – good for tummy trouble.

Umbilical granuloma

A newborn baby’s umbilical cord stump needs cleaning – gently wipe the cord and the skin around it with a damp cotton swab, and dry with a clean, soft facecloth. The cord should fall off naturally in about two weeks. In certain cases, the

area around the cord may swell and bleeding may occur – forming an umbilical granuloma. Visit your paediatrician to treat the growth. Baby acne

Tiny pimples called milia on baby’s cheeks, nose and forehead are said to be caused by pregnancy hormones. Avoid using detergents on baby’s blankets and wash her face with a mild soap once a day – we love Sebamed Baby Cleansing Bar 100g, R5999. Blocked tear ducts

Identified by mucus in the corner of baby’s eye, this condition usually clears up by itself after two weeks.

To assist the tear ducts in opening up, gently massage the inner corners of the eyes, and wipe the mucus away with a fragranceand alcohol-free wipe, such as Clicks My Earth Baby Soft Baby Wipes 80 Wipes, R33. Cradle cap

Does your baby’s scalp have red patches or flaking skin? A buildup of oil on the scalp, might look concerning but it’s not harmful. Treat it by washing the scalp with a mild baby shampoo. Try Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Hair & Body Wash 300ml, R7999.

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Winter-proof your baby It’s the season of sniffles and sneezes. Make sure you take steps to keep your little one healthy. By VANESSA ROGERS

ailments baby aving a newborn can be scary – especially when winter arrives and you want to protect your baby from the cold and the ailments it brings. Many new parents have so many questions at this time of year: When is it safe to take her out? What should we do if she catches a cold, or worse, a respiratory infection? How should we dress her? We find the answers.

blankets – this increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. For the same reason, never place a hot water bottle or electric blanket in baby’s cot. Instead, dress baby in layers of breathable, cotton clothing. As a general rule of thumb, babies need one layer more than an adult would wear at the same temperature.

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Below is a run-down of the most common winter illnesses

When is it safe to go out? You might be tempted to take baby out to introduce her to family and friends or to pop out to the shops. Experts say you should resist the urge, as in the first few weeks newborns should be kept away from crowds and should be settling into a daily routine.

1/ Ailment Common cold

Symptoms Sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat with cough, crying and cranky How to treat it Paracetamol to ease discomfort and lower fever, moisten air with humidifier, saline solution for blocked nose, plenty of fluids

Fight off cold and flu

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2/ Ailment Flu

Symptoms Chills, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, temperature How to treat it Rest, keep up fluid intake, paracetamol for pain and fever, call doctor if persists beyond three days 3/ Ailment Bronchiolitis

Symptoms Rapid breathing during viral infection under age two,

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On average, babies pick up eight to 10 colds a year, and this number could increase if your little one goes to a daycare centre. The common cold is caused by a virus called the rhinovirus and is spread through contact with the infected nasal secretions of a person with the virus, either from a sneeze or a cough, or by touching toys and surfaces contaminated with the virus. Symptoms mainly affect the upper-respiratory tract and are mild, and there are no vaccines to prevent it. You can help keep your baby from catching a cold by keeping him away from crowds, washing your hands regularly with soap, cleaning your baby’s toys and household surfaces often and keeping clear of anyone who is sick. You and your family can avoid getting flu by having the vaccination.

cough, mild fever, wheezing How to treat it Call a doctor, oxygen therapy in hospital might be needed 4/ Ailment Croup

Symptoms Loud barking cough, difficulty breathing in, fever, appears at night with mild cold How to treat it Call a doctor if breathing is laboured, humidify the room 5/ Ailment Roseola infantum

Symptoms Sudden raised temperature, with rash of small pink spots on body, neck, thighs How to treat it Bring temperature down with paracetamol, cool sponge bath, keep up fluids

Winter must-haves 1/ Polar-fleece blankets

Ever-so soft and guaranteed to provide the ultimate in snugness. Added benefit: They’re cost-effective, from R5999 to R100.

Soothing winter ailments According to Waheed Abdurahman, Senior Category Manager OTC Pharmacist at Clicks, “Babies or infants under two years need to be watched carefully for secondary infections resulting from the common cold or flu. Look out for symptoms such as leaning the head or holding the ear (ear infection), avoiding food (throat infection), discoloured mucous or phlegm from nose or chest (bacterial infection). These conditions generally require a doctor or paediatrician.” 3/ Nasal decongestants

Clear your baby’s nose using a saline spray, nasal aspirator or nasal decongestant drops. Try Clicks Baby Nasal Aspirator, R2099, or Otrivin Paediatric Nasal Decongestant Drops 10ml, R7750. 4/ Hooded towels

Wrap your baby from birth to two years in a snuggly hooded towel, from R7999, on emerging from the bath. Added benefit: Even toddlers are calmed by the short-term swaddling.

2/ Baby Wipes

Buy in bulk to avoid unnecessary trips out in the cold. Try Johnson’s Baby Wipes Value Pack 288 Wipes, R9999.

According to the authors of Baby Sense, Megan Faure and Ann Richardson, a baby’s sensory input affects their mood and behaviour. In winter, you’ll want to be sure that your little bundle of joy is comfortably warm, but not overheated, when she heads off to sleep. While swaddling is highly recommended for babies under six months, a happy hugger can be used from newborn to toddler stage and beyond to keep her extra cosy. These fabric-covered beanbags can be safely warmed in the microwave and, when placed near your baby in the cot, can prove wonderfully calming and soothing – not to mention providing some much-needed extra warmth in winter.

5/ Paediatric syrup

Soothe pain and fever with Panado Paediatric Syrup 100ml, R4299 – a mild, yet effective painkiller especially formulated for kids. Remember to ask your pharmacist for a syringe, as not all kids are keen to take this in a spoon. Added benefit: Gets a cranky baby off to sleep.

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family reading

reading family new level of imagination that other forms of media do not.

How can you help?

Today, children are bombarded with a host of things that occupy their time – cell phones, digital games and television can easily fill a child’s day, says Da Silva. “The pressures of schoolwork and extra-mural activities have also left children with less down time to engage in activities like reading.” And the less a child reads, the harder it is. Children may struggle with school-level reading for any number of reasons, including limited experience with books, a lack of sight vocabulary, comprehension difficulties, speech or hearing problems and poor phonemic awareness, says Da Silva.

How to create

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But most of these problems can be overcome by simply making reading a part of your child’s daily life. Do this by: 1/ Making reading a ritual, either at

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With SA’s shocking literacy rates, cultivating a love of reading in your children is the first step towards ensuring a bright future. By Delia du Toit

arry Potter creator JK Rowling famously said: “If you don’t like to read, you haven’t found the right book”. Never has there been better advice for South African parents, after the findings of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (Pirls) were released late last year. The 10-year global study on reading and literacy levels among grade 4 and 5 students revealed that almost 80% of South African grade 4 pupils fall below the lowest internationally recognised level of reading literacy. Out of the 50 countries and 320 000 children

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With overburdened classrooms and a shaky education system, the onus rests on parents to create a love of reading in their childreN who participated, SA was ranked last. With overburdened classrooms and a shaky education system, the onus rests on parents to create a love of reading in their children from an early age, say experts.

What’s the deal?

Maurita Weissenberg, founder and executive director of NPO Shine Literacy, says South African children face a number

of challenges that affect their education. “The South African Child Gauge of 2017 highlighted some sobering statistics – poverty, violence, hunger and a lack of educational opportunities continue to compromise the development of our children. “The African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ will always ring true, but we would like to humbly suggest that, in the light of

2/ Reading aloud to children and encouraging them to look at the words and pictures. Even by looking at pictures, children develop an awareness of literacy, says Da Silva. 3/ Encouraging your children to read aloud. This way, you’ll be able to identify any problems early on. 4/ Limiting other technology and setting time aside for reading. 5/ Having lots of books in the house, and reading them yourself. “If parents model reading, children are more inclined to follow suit,” says Weissenberg. 6/ Teaching your child how to hold a book and treat it delicately at a young age. 7/ Telling traditional tales or madeup stories. Children also love reallife stories about people they know, and their follow-up questions will teach them to engage with stories. 8/ Asking your children questions about the book they’re reading, so they not only learn to read, but also learn to comprehend what they’re reading.

Make reading fun Pirls, raising a child is not enough – we need to raise literate children. “With the youth unemployment rate in South Africa at over 50%, reading sets children on a path where they can fulfil their potential. If a child is literate, they are able to make good progress in primary school and are more likely to leave school with qualifications, pursue further education and ultimately find employment.” And it all starts with books. Jenny da Silva, an educational psychologist from Johannesburg, says reading not only increases a child’s depth and breadth of vocabulary, but opens up a whole

These games and practical tips will help cultivate a love of reading in your child: Play games.“I Spy” is not only a good way to pass the time in the car, but a wonderful way to introduce your child to phonics. With small children, use the initial sound of the word rather than the letter as the clue. Rhyming is a fun activity to help your child pick up on phonics: simply pick a word and ask your child to think of words that rhyme. Point it out. Move your finger under the words as you read to your infant or toddler to start making them aware that the symbols on the page tell the story. Make it entertaining. Using sound effects, exclamations and distinctive voices as you read will make stories more fun and engaging. Offer choices. Take out a few books and ask your child which one they would like you to read, so they’re part of the activity. Use technology. Screen time isn’t hurtful when used constructively. Apps such as “Learn With Homer” and “The Big Brag – Dr. Seuss”, available on iPhone and Android, are fun literacy tools for kids aged 4 and up.

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Top 10 books for kids and toddlers Classics become classics for a reason. These stories might be old, but they’re still gold: Ages 2-5 1/ The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie 2/ Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 3/ Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss 4/ The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper 5/ The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle Ages 4-8 1/ Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst 2/ Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban 3/ Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett 4/ Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Tabak 5/ Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Books set in SA Reading about settings they’re familiar with can encourage kids to enjoy books. Try these books with a South African flavour: Preschool 1/ S is for South Africa (World Alphabets) by Beverely Naidoo 2/ One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book by Kathryn Cave 3/ My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me by Maya Angelou Primary school 1/ The Mother of Monsters by Fran Parnell 2/ Once Upon a Time by Niki Daly 3/ Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (official picture book) by Chris van Wyk

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Sometimes even a parent and teacher’s best efforts won’t yield results. If your child is falling behind despite their best efforts, you shouldn’t assume it’s your child’s fault or the teacher’s fault, says Weissenberg. Gather information first. “Contact the teacher and ask how you can support your child. But also start asking your child lots of questions, such as ‘was your teacher at school today?’, ‘what was your favourite part of the day?’ and ‘what do you wish you didn’t have to do?’. Build up a picture of how each day is going for your child and try to work out the possible barriers they are experiencing.” If you still can’t get to the root of the problem, enrol your child at a reading clinic or have them assessed by an educational psychologist to determine the cause of the problem and make recommendations to help your child, says Da Silva. It’s best to sort out any issues as soon as possible. After all, children must learn to read so they can later read to learn.


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Dan Nicholl ponders how to keep fit in winter – and why it makes sense to do so.

t’s a glorious summer’s day in Cape Town, blue skies blazing down on a city awash with garish cocktails, oversized sunglasses and tourists turning brighter shades of scarlet by the minute. The perfect day to be out and about in the Mother City – or at least, that’s what my Instagram account suggests. While board shorts and bikinis dominate the Cape wardrobe, I’m in Belfast in Northern Ireland, peering enviously at my phone as snow falls gently on the screen, and trying to work out why I’ve gone for a run in disastermovie weather.

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It certainly isn’t the season to haul yourself out of bed in the cold, wet hours before dawn, scramble in the dark for gym gear that almost certainly doesn’t match, and stumble off for a session of communal pain. But as much as I genuinely loathe leaving the sanctuary of my duvet in earlymorning gloom, that’s exactly what I’ll be doing over the winter ahead. It’s partly an act of selfpreservation. I have two very effective alarm clocks, aged almost two and nearly four, and if the first one hasn’t started launching everything out of his cot at 5:30 in vociferous celebration of a new day, then the second is shaking me awake with firm intent, demanding I join her on the couch for yet another viewing of Frozen. (I wistfully recall the days of VHS, when the video tape would

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But the real reason I’ll be embracing my inner Olympian this winter stems from the aforementioned time in Northern Ireland. I was there for my little sister’s wedding and had tried on a suit I hadn’t worn for a while; in the absence of a men’s equivalent to Bridget Jones’s underwear, wearing the suit was going to involve an act of contortion and a significant period of time holding my breath. A five-kilometre jog through falling snow didn’t magically turn me into Ryk Neethling, but it was a statement of intent. I got in a few runs, managed a handful of pushups and ordered the occasional salad instead of chips (which borders on illegal in the spiritual home of the potato). And now that winter has settled in across South Africa, I’ll do my best to keep the habit going, to ensure that when summer swings into view, I’ll be able to hit the beach without fear of harpoons. Sure, the early starts won’t be pleasant – but if it gets me out of watching Frozen again, then I’m quite happy to take the pain.

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eventually wear out…) Sneak out before the alarms wake up, and I’ve started the day on my own terms. There’s also a genuine sense of satisfaction when you start your day with a flood of endorphins, allowing you to drop the kids off at school with a smug swagger. Granted, this is diminished somewhat when you discover the dark-haired lady who was lifting appreciably heavier weights than you at the gym turns out to be a mum in your son’s class – but that doesn’t change the simple fact that working up a sweat has scientific endorsement aplenty. And that in turn will make you feel less guilty about spending the evening with a large glass of shiraz, industrial volumes of Lindt and eight episodes of Game Of Thrones.


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