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e u r P h t i e L Heartwarming veggie recipes from the Bake Off queen’s new book



Will COVID-19 affect your retirement investment?

ESTATE PLANNING for SA citizens with offshore interests

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Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes All about the first-ever

Stellenbosch Triennale Can leg pain signify

heart problems?

… Contents 10 ED’S NOTE & UPFRONT

Where to go, what to read, buy and drink.


Hogsback p 24





Tsogo Sun Hotels has introduced a massive saving of 50% off the best available rate of the day for over-60 travellers.


The wide diversity of travel options in this province made for road-tripping include Addo Elephant National Park, Mountain Zebra Park near Craddock, Graaff-Reinet and Hogsback.



Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci… the old guard are still cutting-edge, and gangster movies are still thrilling.


The boomer generation are looking to extend their independence, enjoy youthful activities and enjoy a lock-up-and-go lifestyle.


Kim Potgieter, author of Retiremeant – Get More Meaning From Your Money, is convinced that preparing for your midlife transition involves structuring a healthy balance sheet that incorporates your life and your money.

David Thomson, Senior Legal Adviser at Sanlam Trust, gives insights into estate planning for South African citizens with interests offshore.


Mediclinic cardiologist Dr Philip Mills explains that leg pain or numbness can be early warning signs of major heart problems.

How to estate plan across geographies p 38


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Understanding the psychology behind retirement p 32


Eighty percent of adults between the ages of 55 and 74 who would benefit from wearing hearing aids don’t use them. Why not?


Mica Townsend, Business Development Manager at 10X Investments, shares some positive and constructive approaches to retirement.

LEISURE MUSIC AND BOOKS 50 We bring you a taste of

the new book, Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes, courtesy of Jonathan Ball Publishers, including the author’s intro and three entries. Plus, we have two copies to give away – see end of article for details.



ART 54 The first-ever

Stellenbosch Triennale, which runs until the end of April, aims to make Stellenbosch a primary destination of multidisciplinary art in Africa. RECIPES 56 Sample three recipes from

the legendary Prue Leith’s new book of heartwarming vegetarian and vegan recipes, The Vegetarian Kitchen: Essential Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. Plus, we have a copy to give away… MOTORING 62 Meet the top cars

from Ford v Ferrari, the Oscarnominated race film starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. 65 PUZZLES

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n February this year, while she

the Prue Leith Chefs Academy, one of

was visiting South Africa, Prue

the country’s top culinary schools, and

Leith celebrated her 80th birthday.

of course, the renowned Leith’s School

The South African-born chef and

of Food and Wine in London. While

former restaurateur – she had a Michelin-starred restaurant in Notting Hill, London, in the 70s and 80s – is now perhaps most famous for her role as judge of the hugely popular British TV series,

Prue has piled success upon We would love to hear your thoughts, comments and suggestions. Mail me at Graham.Wood @newmedia.co.za I look forward to hearing from you.

the Great British Bake Off. She has also had a career as a

success throughout her long career(s), her recent return to the spotlight is proof that anyone can have a renaissance, even in their late 70s and become a style icon to boot! After she won Specsavers’ Spectacle

Wearer of the Year a few years

novelist, journalist, businesswoman

ago, Prue ended up collaborating on a

and, of course, as a cookbook author.

brightly coloured, individualistic range

Which is why she is gracing our cover

of glasses frames with designer Ronit

for this issue of Silver Digest. We also

Furst, which have taken the world by

feature a taste of what’s between the

storm. As always, the rest of the issue is

covers of her new book, The Vegetarian

packed with inspiration and advice on

Kitchen: Essential Vegetarian Cooking for

wealth, wellness and wellbeing. If there’s

Everyone, compiled with her niece Peta

one thing you do this autumn, though,

Leith, a former pastry sous chef at The

make sure you try one of Prue Leith’s

Ivy and lifelong vegetarian. (She also

heart-warming recipes… the book is

published a new novel last year!) At

packed with 99 more.

home in SA, Prue’s legacy lives on in


Giveaway We have a copies of Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes and The Vegetarian Kitchen: Essential Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone to give away. Turn to page 50 and 56 respectively for a chance to win!

EDITORIAL EDITOR: Graham Wood Email: graham.wood@newmedia.co.za SUB EDITOR: Anita van der Merwe LAYOUT & DESIGN: Julia van Schalkwyk PHOTOGRAPHY Cover: David Loftus Unless previously agreed in writing, Silver Digest owns all rights to all contributions, whether image or text. Sources: Gallo/Getty Images, Shutterstock, supplied images, editorial staff. ADVERTISING Clive Kotze Cell: +27 (0)82 335 4957 Email: clive@mediamatic.co.za SUBSCRIPTIONS Felicity Garbers email: felicity.garbers@newmedia.co.za PUBLISHING TEAM GENERAL MANAGER: Dev Naidoo PUBLISHING MANAGER: Sandra Ladas Email: sandra.ladas@newmedia.co.za PRODUCTION MANAGER: Angela Silver ART DIRECTOR: David Kyslinger MANAGEMENT TEAM MANAGING DIRECTOR: Aileen Lamb COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR: Maria Tiganis BRAND STRATEGY DIRECTOR: Andrew Nunneley CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Venette Malone HEAD OF HR: Camillah West CEO: MEDIA24: Ishmet Davidson Johannesburg Office: Ground floor, Media Park, 69 Kingsway Avenue, Auckland Park, 2092 Postal Address: PO Box 784698, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2146 Tel: +27 (0)11 877 6111 Fax: +27 (0)11 877 6198 © Copyright Silver Digest 2020 Published by New Media, a division of Media24 (PTY) Ltd Head Office: New Media House, 19 Bree Street, Cape Town, 8001 Postal Address: PO Box 440, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051 Tel: +27 (0)21 417 1111 Fax: +27 (0)21 417 1112 Email: newmedia@newmedia.co.za Printed by

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In issue #4 of Silver Digest, we gave away two copies of MY AFRICAN CONQUEST: Cape to Cairo at 80 by Julia Albu. Congratulations to our winners, Martin Harrison from Muizenberg, Cape Town, and Helga Weidemann from Eldoraigne, Centurion. While precautions have been taken to ensure the accuracy of its contents and information given to readers, neither the editor, publisher, or its agents can accept responsibility for damages or injury which may arise therefrom. All rights reserved. © Silver Digest No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, photocopying, electronic, mechanical or otherwise without the prior written permission of the copyright owners.



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An elephant herd at a waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park


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ADDO ELEPHANT NATIONAL PARK Addo, as it is affectionately

landscape, but what makes Addo

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national park in South Africa.

the world to offer the possibility

many others, the fascinating

It might be best known for its

of spotting the Big Seven. That’s

diversity of species stretches

large herds of elephant (the park

right, in addition to the Big Five,

to the very small, such as the

is home to over 500 but was

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rare flightless dung beetle. For

established with just 11, with the

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abundance of species in the park,

extinction) and the succulent

Addo is about more than just the

and plenty of opportunities to

Eastern Cape Valley Bushveld

large species. In addition to lion,

view them close-up.


LOCAL GRAAFF-REINET The natural history of the Eastern Cape is certainly rich, but the treasures here extend to local heritage sites. The mountains and plains of the Camdeboo National Park in the remote hinterlands of the Great Karoo surround South Africa’s fourth oldest town, Graaff-Reinet, which has over 220 local heritage sites. Anyone interested in Cape Dutch architecture, early churches or other beautifully preserved Victorian and Karoo buildings will find much of interest in and around the historic town centre, from the Dutch Reformed Church to the

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Another park that was proclaimed

trans-located here as part of

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the park’s remarkable record of

was an inland sea. They can be

single species – surely one of

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seen at the Old Library Museum in

the country’s most scenically

are wonderful smaller species

Graaff-Reinet and the Graaff-Reinet

beautiful – was the Mountain

around, too, such as bat-eared

Tourism Office, but also a bit further

Zebra National Park, which was

fox, aardwolf, caracal and

afield at the Kitching Fossil Centre

created way back in 1937 to

aardvark, not to mention the

in Nieu-Bethesda and at Ganora

preserve a species of zebra that

birdlife. You might spot eastern

Guest Farm and Wellwood Farm

was once almost extinct: the

clapper lark, blue korhaan,

close by. Proximity to the Camdeboo

eponymous Cape mountain zebra.

blue crane, spotted eagle owl

National Park makes Graaff-Reinet

Nowadays, more than 700 zebras

and fiery-necked nightjar. The

a perfect springboard to take in the

share the rolling plains of the

attractions even touch on early

spectacular viewpoints around the

park, surrounded by the majestic

human history, with guided

Valley of Desolation, not to mention

Bankberg Mountains, with many

walks that take in San rock

a meander through the Eastern Cape

companions in black wildebeest,

paintings and etchings, offering

Karoo to visit other frontier towns

blesbok, eland and oryx. Other

a fascinating glimpse of ancient

such as Alice, Fort Beaufort, Adelaide

species such as cheetah, buffalo

life in this tranquil and

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and black rhino have also been

beautiful landscape.

haunting and eccentric Owl House in Nieu-Bethesda. Continued …





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mountains cradle the tranquil

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of the Eastern Cape region. Their

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magnificent hedged Labyrinth

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Shrine Centre for Art and

National Park, Tsitsikamma National

Ecology are among the manmade

Park and Bontebok National

the oldest forest in South

attractions. In fact, Hogsback

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last remaining habitats

has long been an arts and crafts

1 September and 9 November).

of the multicoloured,

haven, with opportunities to visit

And their Hogsback tour includes

endangered Cape

artists’ and artisans’ studios.

highlights along the Garden Route,

parrot. The woods and

For fans of Bloemfontein-born

Grahamstown, Graaff-Reinet,

hills around the town are

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The Lord of the Rings, there are

5 October). Unless specified, each

and samango monkeys. The

connections to be teased out as

tour is accompanied throughout by a

mountains here boast more

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friendly and professional Landscape

waterfalls per square kilometre

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tour leader, assisted by local guides

than anywhere else on earth.

author visited as a child, and

where required.

Apart from the natural beauty of

even some local mythology,

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the indigenous forests, there are

inspired the fictional worlds of


opportunities to stroll through

his famous novels.

Africa and one of the

also home to spectacular Knysna turacos, or loeries,


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Martin Scorsese and starring the dream team of Robert De Niro,

Robert De Niro

Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, had 10 Oscar nominations. It didn’t get a single one. It did, however, receive critical

platform, according to

it was released last year, some of

most of the post-awards analysis,

it bordering on reverence, calling

seems to have been part of

it the 77-year-old director’s most

the reason for the film’s being

important work. Nevertheless,

snubbed on Oscar night.

despite the Oscar buzz, ultimately


Netflix might have rejuvenated

it didn’t receive the academy’s seal

the medium and given it a new

of approval. But it’s in that very

lease of life, but it has also

contradiction that the clue lies to

changed the way

its importance.

we watch movies.

One of the reasons might have


of the streaming

acclaim by the bucketload when

Apart from having

been its novelty. Despite the age of

budgets that the

the director and cast – De Niro is

traditional studios

76, Pacino 79 and Pesci 77 – they

don’t have, and

embraced a new model of film,

so luring talent

releasing their three-and-a-half-

away to exciting

hour epic on Netflix. The novelty

and sometimes


self-indulgent new projects, the streaming platform also makes watching movies less about going to a movie house or theatre for the shared public experience

cinematic world – never at

of attending an event of sorts,

the centre of the action. It’s a

by putting it in the realm of the

worldview that is fast losing

viewer’s home. In fact, many

traction, and a cinematic world

of the films made for Netflix

that is starting to look irrelevant.

don’t even go to theatres,

In this view, The Irishman is

releasing straight to the

the work of old white men doing

small screen. Many who

what they have always done, at

and eventually the trusted

consider themselves real

great length and with much self-

bodyguard of the union leader

cinema lovers see this the

importance, without noticing that

Jimmy Hoffa, played by Al Pacino,

harbinger of the death of

the world has moved on. They

who mysteriously disappeared

a medium.

might have made some of the best

from public life in the mid-70s.


movies of all time, but


their time is up.

for this

So, it’s either


too new-fangled

The powerful unions played a crucial strategic role in those days, mediating between and manipulating the politicians and


or too old-

crime families, each in their own



way vying for control over cities

might be the

The movie

like Philadelphia. Ultimately,


tells the

Scorsese’s fascination with thugs,

that the film

story of Frank

gangsters and organised crime

is out of step

Sheeran (the

with its times. In classic Scorsese style, it’s a gangster

Irishman of Al Pacino

movie, representing a world of

the film’s

is about representing American life as shaped by the ongoing

title, played

blurring of the

by Robert De Niro).


men. The decisions and actions

Sheeran’s trajectory

(or even co-

of men in the crime underworld

starts off simply


drive events and, in the logic

enough as a World

of shady

of the genre, history. Women

War 2 veteran and

are silent bystanders, victims,

truck driver who

sometimes manipulative and

is drawn, almost

dangerous, but never fully

by chance rather than

realised as characters in the

destiny, into the Philadelphia

Joe Pesci

mafia as an “enforcer”, hitman,

gangsterism and public politics. The implication is that American life is founded on a kind of criminality, Continued …





or the more complex idea that dirty dealings are necessary to do good. (Hoffa, caught in the middle,

played both sides, and managed to achieve better pay and benefits for what is perhaps his true constituency, the union members.) The film is based on Sheeran’s own account in the book I Heard You Paint Houses, by Charles Brandt, in which he claims to have murdered Hoffa himself. (“Painting houses” is mob-speak for contract killing.)

We did not know if it was going to work, so we felt our way through it.

The film is narrated by Sheeran in his last years in a nursing home, who himself lived to the

Martin Scorsese

ripe old age of 82. We never know if we can trust Sheeran’s account of events – Hoffa’s disappearance has never officially been solved. But the truth of his story has more to do

much to say – and do – in the world

screen has become a vehicle for

with Scorsese’s lengthy, career-

of cinema.

special effects, spectacle, cheap

long meditation on the crossover

Perhaps what he has done in

thrills and, ultimately, mere

between large public events

his collaboration with Netflix is

entertainment. By working with

and the small, banal aspects of

something more profound than

Netflix, Scorsese has brought the

individual human lives; between

simply doing something new –

ambitions of the real artist to the

the close-up intimacy of violence

working with a new technology

small screen – the seriousness

and brutality and principles

that is reshaping the media of

of cinema he has cherished his

that can seem religious or

both film and TV. Let’s not forget

whole life and career, and has

even spiritual in their scope.

that Scorsese, despite a lifetime

found an outlet. In embracing

And while the most important

of Oscar snubs, is a dyed-in-

something new, Scorsese has

woman character in the film,

the-wool cinema lover. He has

perpetuated something old

Sheeran’s daughter played by

always treated movies as a serious

and precious. •

Anna Paquin, has very few lines

artform, a medium with the

of dialogue, her silent presence

potential to say something with

is one of the most important

real complexity about human life

aspects of the film’s meaning.

– from the existential elements

The simple fact is that, despite The Irishman belonging to an old genre by a bunch of cinema

of personal life to the grand narratives of politics and history. While the big-screen movies

veterans, its an enormously

he loved so much have become

complex film – a true work of art.

the realm of comic-book reboots,

And in that lies its real radicalism,

driven by the commercial logic

and proof that Scorsese still has

of bloated franchises, the silver



Money …


Guide to Positive Ageing), notes that

for commission, but there’s a

people were now easily starting

psychology around retirement that

to live 35 years or more beyond

needs to be carefully understood,

retirement. This, in itself, could

particularly when you appreciate

be a terrifying concept for clients

that people are living much

to grasp: “They will worry about:

longer, often well beyond their

How do we find the resources to

working careers,” notes SAIFAA

fund this and how do we make this

chairperson, Derek Smorenburg.

time in our lives meaningful?”

Financial advisors need to


or many people, the thought

Edeling (author of Over the Moon – a

simply push product in exchange

In many respects, this would

fully comprehend and truthfully

mean broadening the horizon

answer one very powerful

beyond traditional avenues of

question at this stage in their

planning, including how and

client’s financial planning, and

where retirees will want to live,

that is: Is the client’s money your

and what their own priorities are

client, or is the client your client?

in terms of living comfortably and

It’s an entirely different

of retirement is no less

skill and mindset that needs

stressful than the thought

to be mastered, according to

ensuring that they will be taken care of. “For example, in many ways

of retrenchment, and financial

Smorenburg, “You’re dealing with

we’ve evolved significantly from

planners need to be fully cognisant

people during the decumulation

the traditional family,” notes

of this when advising clients on

stage of their lives – where they

speaker Arthur Case, Brand

their future financial situation.

often need to scale down quite

Marketing Director for Evergreen

radically. Not only must advisors

Lifestyle Villages, which – together

recognised recently when the

understand that this can be

with its shareholders, the Amdec

South African Independent

traumatic for their clients, but

Group and PSG Group – provides

Financial Advisors Association

that they may need to convince

retirement villages across South

(SAIFAA) held the first in a

their clients to plan for a lifespan

Africa exclusively under the life

series of certification workshops

well beyond what those clients

right option.

aimed specifically at advising

had envisaged.”

This important factor was

independent financial advisors on post-retirement planning.

Speaking at the first workshop, psychologist Dr Hannetjie van Zyl-

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proximity to, or with, each other,

for the rest of their lives, at a cost

with a network of care in place

they know from the get-go they

– but these days we often see

can afford.”

children living in other parts of

Part of understanding the

the country, or even abroad. The

financial commitments that would

nuclear family these days usually

be required in retirement was also

excludes Granny and Grandpa,

to understand that needs would

who need to find their own

change over time, should one

retirement living solutions.

half of a couple pass on or should

“Values are also vastly different – baby boomers, the oldest of whom are now in their early

the retirees wish or need to scale down even further. “Again, life right meets this

70s, have very different values

need as it enables people to

to their parents. This means

change their options at this

that retirement places designed

time of their lives, particularly

with their parents in mind will

when the last thing they need

be unattractive to the boomer.

to be stressing about is selling a

They are looking to extend their

property,” notes Case.

independence, enjoy youthful

There are also misconceptions

activities and enjoy a lock-up-and-

around life right options, with the

go lifestyle.”

belief that they provide nothing to

These, believes Case, are some of the compelling reasons why the marketplace began to

an occupant’s estate when those occupants pass away. Explains Case, “In all legitimate



eople are living longer than ever before, and it’s fair to say that midlife has brought you halfway up the mountain. At least a third, if

swing towards life right options,

life right schemes, the estate will

transforming the traditional belief

always still receive an agreed

in buying only into sectional

percentage of the original

title schemes: “A life right is,

purchase price, ensuring that the

midlife is an exciting opportunity to re-invent

in many ways, like buying a

life right has legacy value.

your life and plot a new course going forward.

life insurance policy; it will not

“But more than anything else,

not more, of your life lies ahead, waiting to be filled with adventure and purpose! With a wealth of experience and wisdom,

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into play when you write this chapter – where you

greatest concern – where

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they will live and how they

your life, on your terms and in your own time.

will be able to afford it.” A full understanding

After interviewing thousands of clients transitioning from midlife in the last twelve years

of the value that this

– clients with different balance sheets, dreams

offers clients, along with

and goals, clients who are fearful of not having

an understanding of

enough (or running out) of money, and clients who

the overall psychology

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The process starts with taking stock of your life thus far and giving yourself permission to take the time you need to figure out what your ideal life will look like. It’s a time of reflection and dreaming, a time to explore new avenues, investigate new possibilities and do the introspection work of what would bring true purpose and joy. You may not have all the answers from the start, but this type of sabbatical will bring it to you – as long as you’re comfortable not knowing all the answers to begin with. I understand that transitions bring about new learning, and often the unlearning of old habits


and past formulas that’s not in line with where you want to go. You will be packing a new bag; be sure to

Preparing ahead for the midlife transition is

pack only the parts of your life that you want to take

essential, both from a financial and fulfilment

forward. Always check in with your core values and

perspective. I believe that your money and your life

leave behind what no longer serves you.

cannot be separated. Your planning must start with

Of course, some clients cannot afford to take

visualising what your ideal life would look like in

a sabbatical of any kind, and instead of making a

this chapter, followed by structuring your finances to

clean break, they negotiate to wind down rather

enable your vision and achieve your goals.

than exiting their formal work completely. Or they

To make the most out of midlife and beyond,

implement a parallel life, where they start the

you have to be firmly in the driving seat. It can be

dreaming and visualisation process while they are

a wonderful life phase for growth and fulfilment

still employed and slowly integrate their new goals

– a chance at a new beginning, and a period of

over a period.

enlightenment. Planning ahead allows you to chart a new course that excites you and pulls you toward


it, instead of feeling that you are being pushed into

Once you are clear on what your midlife and beyond

retirement. My message is this: know what you are

will look like if it turned out well, start structuring

transitioning TO – not just from – and then structure

your finances to enable your goals. Your life goals

your finances to enable your vision.

provide the context for how much and what you need money for.


It is up to you to envisage – and then execute – this

I’ve had Life Planning meetings with clients who are

chapter of your life. But you have to take an active role

clear on how their midlife transition will pan out.

in planning for it. Make this the perfect opportunity to

But most are daunted by the transition and at a loss

embark on the grandest adventure of your lifetime by

with what they will do with their time and, perhaps

planning ahead, with no limitations of what you can

even more so, if they can actually afford to make a

and want to achieve. •

life change. Apart from clients who are pushed into retirement, I am increasingly meeting people entering midlife in their 50s with a self-urged desire to reshape their personal and professional lives. This work takes huge amounts of courage and I do recommend taking time out from your responsibilities and giving yourself the space you need to figure out how you want to re-invent. 36


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HOW TO ESTATE PLAN ACROSS GEOGRAPHIES Are you a South African citizen with interests offshore? Perhaps you have a home in Spain? Or a business in Italy? Offshore assets make wills more complicated. This situation calls for careful estate planning with the right people onthe-ground. David Thomson, CFP® Senior Legal Adviser at Sanlam Trust, gives insights into estate planning across geographies.


There are boxes to tick to ensure

apply to the local Master for the

it is legal. Next, consider whether

‘signing and sealing’ of Letters

Firstly, there’s the difference

you need a separate will for your

of Executorship and a notarially

between a foreign will, which is

overseas assets. For assets such

certified copy of the will, but also

a will you’ve drawn up overseas,

as unit trusts and life insurance,

be required to provide security.

and a will you’ve drawn up and

you probably don’t. For property,

Obtaining all this causes delays

had signed in South Africa, which

shares in overseas companies (not

and may be costly. Whereas if you

is subject to South African law. If

dual listed) and businesses, it’s

opt for a foreign will dealing only

you reside permanently in SA, but

highly recommended.

with your offshore assets, your

have assets overseas, it’s probably

overseas solicitor could access it

a good idea to execute a foreign

if you don’t have a foreign will.

immediately and proceed in that

will in the jurisdiction your assets

For example, on your death your

jurisdiction without delay.

are in – particularly if you have an

original will must be delivered to

Thomson also does not

asset in a country where the law is

overseas. If the person seeking to

you need to ensure your

wind up the estate resides abroad,

South African will is valid.

he or she will not only have to

There are additional logistics

the Master of the High Court in

recommend only having a foreign

different to South Africa and they

South Africa, who shall retain it.

will! There are complicated

speak a different language.

The local executor will need to have

procedures involved in the

his or her authority to act notarially

resealing of the overseas ‘Grant of

you must ensure it is legally valid

certified and authenticated by the

Probate’ that will take time.

for the country where you have

appropriate government authority




irst up, Thomson says

Thomson shares some of the

If you draw up a foreign will,

assets. Some countries have

(and translated where required)

factors to consider when setting

unusual laws and regulations

before it will be recognised

up an offshore will:

you’re unfamiliar with, so it



is best to engage with an expert

provide sufficiently for your spouse

on-the-ground, such as a solicitor

and dependent children. The same

or attorney. They can draft the will

applies in the UK. Other points

taxation agreement with the country

in the language of that country, in

to consider:

in which you have your assets, you

accordance with its laws. There may

• Whether you’re married in or out

should not, generally speaking,

be laws such as ‘forced heirship’ (in

of community of property and

pay any more tax than you would

some countries you are forced to

with or without accrual. If you get

have paid in South Africa. You can

bequeath a certain percentage of your

married in South Africa, without

check the SARS website to see the

estate to relatives) that you need to

an antenuptial agreement stating

list of countries South Africa has an

comply with.

otherwise, you are married in

agreement with – but note that these

community of property and half of

agreements are NOT all the same.

The European Succession Regulation (known as ‘Brussels IV’)

your estate is automatically owned

allows you to choose whether you wish

by your spouse, so you cannot

South African law or the law of the

leave that half to anybody.

European country to apply. However,

• Sharia Law – if you’re Muslim and

you get the proper advice. If South Africa has a double


FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE If you’re in the country where

your foreign assets are located, ask

Brussels IV does not apply to assets in

living in South Africa, for example,

neighbours for recommendations

the UK, Ireland or Denmark.

you may only bequeath up to a

regarding a local solicitor or attorney

third of your estate to anyone

to contact. Alternatively, many

outside of your family.

legal firms in SA are part of global



If you write a will in South Africa that says, “This revokes all previous wills”, it is possible that your foreign will(s)


networks, so may have partners


abroad to assist you. For example, Sanlam Trust has an excellent

If you’re a permanent resident in

solicitor partner in the UK you can

will also be revoked. Be very careful

SA, your worldwide estate is subject

engage with. He visits SA on a regular

with the wording in your wills. For

to the SARS – which means capital

basis as well. Your financial planner

example, your general South African

gains tax and estate (death) duty. So,

should also have knowledge of all

will could say, “This will shall only

even if your property is in Australia,

your wills and where they are located.

apply to my South African assets, it

for example, you must still account

cancels and revokes previous wills

for estate duty in SA. It’s very

relating to my South African assets,

difficult to get an asset out of your

but it does not cancel or revoke my

estate if you’re a permanent resident

will for my UK assets.”

in South Africa, unless you acquired

will that’s simply not enforceable.

that property overseas before you

For example, if you say, “I leave my


immigrated to SA. You could have

house to my husband on condition

donated it or transferred it to an

he doesn’t marry again in the next

offshore trust, but that is a different

ten years…” that’s not enforceable,

This refers to a person’s power to

scenario and would have attracted

because you haven’t named an

specify their heirs. I mentioned

donations and capital gains tax

alternative beneficiary if he does

‘forced heirship’ above. Most countries

at the time. It’s very important

marry again. So, the house will go

have freedom of testation up to a

to be aware of double taxation

to him and that’s the end of the

point, but there are restrictions – for

agreements. You could end up

matter. Again, it comes down to

example, in South Africa, you need to

paying tax in two countries, unless

meticulous wording. •




This is the term for a clause in your




INVESTING OFFSHORE IN RETIREMENT: STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE? South African investors who may have been tempted to increase their retirement portfolios’ international exposure in recent months could be finding themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. This is due to a global market environment beset with fears around COVID-19 and a local market that has performed well below expectations in three of the last five years. product of which the underlying investment

financial goals or to ensure financial comfort

is a balanced fund where regulatory limits

for your future generations. But you may be

allow up to 30% offshore exposure. In

battling with where and how to allocate such

addition, there are a multitude of JSE-listed

money in global markets at the moment.

businesses that would make up part of your

Remember that it’s easier to achieve your

South African allocation, but that are in fact

financial goals if you stay committed. And it’s

t’s important to remember the specific

truly global businesses such as Naspers,

easier to stay committed if you choose a well-

considerations that are unique to those

British American Tobacco and Anheuser

diversified multi-asset fund that invests across

already in retirement and that having

Busch Inbev, to name a few. In the case of

different asset classes in global markets.


exposure to foreign asset classes is an

Coronation’s multi-asset funds aimed at

allocation that should be made with strategic

post-retirement investors, you may already

(not temporary) reasons in mind. While it

have sufficient offshore exposure when you


may be best to draw up a comprehensive

consider the total international exposure.

Study after study across markets around the

financial plan with a qualified financial adviser,

world indicate that the return gap (the realised return received by investors compared to what

general guidance to consider as part of your


decision-making process.

If you have been tempted to increase the

multi-asset funds.

Coronation Offshore can offer the following

international exposure within your living

funds produce) is the smallest in the case of Part of the reason is that multi-asset


annuity (LA) portfolio beyond 30%, be mindful

funds offer more diversification and therefore

of the currency in which you need to fund

produce more stable returns from year to year

Many items in your shopping basket

your retirement income. If you have decided

than you can expect from investments in the

(from fuel to food to possibly your biggest

to spend the rest of your retirement years in

individual asset classes.

expense - healthcare) are largely priced in

South Africa, you would need to draw a rand-

With it being the fund manager’s job to

foreign currencies as the inputs are either

denominated income from your LA portfolio

agonise over valuation and price, investors in

commodities (with prices struck in global

over the long term. As the local currency can

multi-asset funds are able to focus instead on

markets), or heavily reliant on imported

be volatile, you should thus guard against

investing in the appropriate portfolio of assets

content. Having adequate international

having too much international exposure.

consistent with their ability and willingness

exposure is a hedge against the long-term

to take risk. This makes it easier to remain


committed and to put investors on track to


You may however have discretionary money

in one of Coronation's rand or dollar-

outside of your LA that you regard as surplus to

denominated international multi-asset funds,

As a retired investor, your retirement savings

your own retirement funding requirements and

visit Coronation Offshore or speak to your

are likely to be invested in a living annuity (LA)

that you want to invest offshore for your own

financial adviser.

change in price of this part of your future shopping basket.



achieve real wealth creation over time. • To find out more about investing offshore

Health … CAN LEG PAIN OR NUMBNESS SIGNIFY PERIPHERAL ARTERIAL DISEASE? This circulatory disorder affects the functioning of your arteries – and can be an early warning sign of major heart problems. Mediclinic cardiologist Dr Philip Mills explains the risks, and your testing and treatment options.


eripheral arterial disease

cardiologist at Mediclinic

(PAD), also known

Constantiaberg. “This

as peripheral vascular

is the build-up of

well as sedentary lifestyles and stress, are the major contributing

disease (PVD), is a narrowing of

fatty substances,

the arteries outside of the heart


in a surplus of

and brain. Primarily affecting the

calcium and

fatty deposits

legs and arms, it can also cause

other substances

in the arteries,

blood blockages in arteries leading

on the walls and

the build-up of

to the intestines, heart and brain.

inner linings of

This means a pain in the leg

factors. This results

plaque affecting

your arteries. We

may not be just a pain in the leg,

call the build-up

but a sign of something much

plaque, and it can

more serious.

disrupt normal blood flow by creating blockages.”


blood circulation around the body and a less-thanadequate supply of blood to the limbs, particularly the legs.

and functioning of the aorta,


viscera and lower extremities,

Because different arteries

PAD is a circulatory disease that

have different functions, this


affects a person’s extremities.

narrowing can have different

In extreme cases, PAD can

It also catches many people

effects on your vital organs.

also affect blood flow to the

unawares. The reason? Well, PAD

Plaque can also break up

heart and brain. Preventative

can be quite asymptomatic.

unexpectedly, leading to

measures and early detection

dangerous clots in the blood.

of this disorder are therefore

something as simple as leg pain

“When atherosclerosis

a must. The most obvious

or numbness is not generally

occurs in arteries that supply

associated with cardiovascular

blood to our hearts or our brains,

disease, it is perhaps no wonder

this can lead to heart attacks or

that so many cases of PAD are not

strokes,” he says. “But in your

diagnosed early enough.

peripheral arteries, this can cause

• Leg weakness or numbness

Affecting the arterial structure

Considering the fact that

symptoms are as follows: • Leg pain or cramps while walking (claudication), particularly in the calf muscle

poor circulation in your legs,

• Chronic leg or foot sores


kidneys or bowel and even lead to

• Shiny skin colour on your legs

“Atherosclerosis, or narrowing of


• Leg discolouration

the arteries, is the primary cause of PAD,” says Dr Philip Mills, a

Poor eating habits in the form of fat- and carbohydrate-rich diets, as

• Loss of leg or foot hair • Slow growth of toenails. Continued …




EARLY DETECTION HELPS “Usually, patients see their cardiologists once they are aware they have a problem with their heart,” says Dr Mills. “But because PAD is asymptomatic, by this time it can be too late. Once you are aware of symptoms, the condition could be well advanced – this makes it trickier to treat.” Many of these symptoms are vague and infrequent in occurrence. They might even occur when you’re resting or lying down. And because of this, well over half of people who are unknowingly suffering from PAD shrug off these early warning signs. Potential PAD patients walk slower and less frequently and, in turn, fall into more sedentary habits. Screening for PAD is vital for those who are:



• Over the age of 65 years

simple lifestyle adjustments are all

• Suffering from diabetes (all ages)

it takes to lessen the risk of PAD and

• Smokers (over 50 years)

ensure a healthier and more prosperous

• Suffering from low pulse rates in the

life in general.

lower limbs • Suffering from renal, coronary or cerebral disease.

Don’t smoke: Smoking causes inflammation, itself a direct cause of atherosclerosis. You are what you eat: Yes, it’s true.


Avoid or eliminate refined carbohydrates

“As with almost any form of

and saturated fats, eat plenty of green

cardiovascular disease, catching signs

vegetables and healthy fats, and keep

of PAD early greatly improves your

well hydrated.

chances of doing something about it,”

Move: No, you don’t have to suffer to

says Dr Mills. “Early detection helps

be in shape. Regular walking, upon your

you live a longer life, improves your

doctor’s approval of course, will keep

quality of life, and keeps you out of your

you fit and healthy, and control your

doctor’s office.”

bodyweight. •

While the instances of PAD in the more advanced age groups is high, it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, some

This article was first published on www.mediclinicinfohub.co.za on 11 September 2018.



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EXTRACT: RODNEY TRUDGEON’S CONCERT NOTES We bring you a taste of the new book, Rodney Trudgeon’s Concert Notes, courtesy of Jonathan Ball Publishers, including the author’s intro and three entries.


odney Trudgeon is a name


synonymous with classical

How sweet the moonlight sleeps

music broadcasting in

upon this bank!

South Africa. For the past 14 years,

Here will we sit and let the sounds

Rodney has been the Breakfast

of music

Show host and Programme

Creep in our ears: soft stillness

Manager of Fine Music Radio in

and the night

Cape Town. His new book is a

Become the touches of sweet

collection of essays on famous

harmony. …

classical, orchestral compositions.

The man that hath no music in

The pieces in this collection – short


reflections on well-known classical

Nor is not moved with concord of

compositions – have appeared in

sweet sounds,

concert programmes that have

Is fit for treasons, stratagems and

accompanied performances by


the Cape Town and Johannesburg

The motions of his spirit are dull

Philharmonic Orchestras. Each

as night

piece is dedicated to a particular

And his affections dark as Erebus:

musical composition, describing

Let no such man be trusted. Mark

its highlights, its history, and

the music.

what makes it unique. Broadly, the pieces are grouped together

(Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice, Act V, scene i)

according to the following three broad categories: overtures,



This has always been my

concertos and symphonies,

favourite quotation from

mimicking the structure of concert

Shakespeare. Curiously, I came to

programmes. Each entry also

Shakespeare via the great musical

includes a short biography of its

classics. When I was in what used

composer. It’s written to be easy to

to be called standard 6, a teacher

read and accessible to all readers:

decided to put on a production

from those who listen to classical

of Macbeth and used Beethoven’s

music regularly, to those who

Egmont Overture to introduce the

are unfamiliar with it. Overall,

play. It worked magnificently,

this collection is a useful and

and captured all the tragedy and

informative musical guide,

mystique of what remains my

making a case for listening to

favourite Shakespeare play. Then I

orchestral music.

was exposed to the excitement and


passion of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo

I remember sitting on the floor

at the Natal Performing Arts

and Juliet fantasy overture and the

near the piano and listening to

Council. My musical life was full,

magical music Mendelssohn wrote

him play Für Elise by Beethoven

rewarding and thrilling.

for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. How

and a minuet by Mozart, or a

could I resist?

prelude by Bach and a sarabande

realise that I would never make

by Handel. Such precious

it as a professional, full-time


musician. My interest in working

But, having said that, I grew also to love music that was perhaps more abstract – music

At about this time, I began to

at the SABC was aroused, and I

At this same school in what was

that was independent of poetry,

then Natal, a new music teacher

joined the corporation as a sound

literature, paintings or plays,

arrived and set about teaching us

engineer in 1976. Within four

impressive as the music inspired

unruly boys Gilbert and Sullivan

by those art forms often is. Hence

patter songs – apparently

my love of symphonic form and of

to help our diction, but

the concerto, string quartet and

also because she loved

sonata: music that lives on its own

the Savoy operas. Next

and which absorbs, inspires and

thing I was singing ‘I am

moves us.

a pirate king’ from The

My first memories of music

Pirates of Penzance and ‘My


years I had been appointed as an announcer, which allowed me to combine my love of music with

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my love of language. Soon I found myself working with the broadcasting greats of the time – Stephen O’Reilly, Paddy O’Byrne, Humphrey

were courtesy of my maternal

object all sublime’ from

grandmother, who, in the 1950s,

The Mikado – mostly in

gave me a wind-up gramophone

the bath at home. These

whom helped groom me for

and a collection of 78s. These

songs complemented my

my career as a broadcaster.

consisted mostly of Gilbert and

modest collection of G&S

Fortunately I am a keen

Sullivan excerpts, but the first

on 78s.

listener, and I thirstily

recording that truly captured

When I moved up to

Gilbert, David Lloyd, Christopher Bennett – all of

drank in everything they

my imagination – I remember

high school, I joined

said and did: scriptwriting,

this so well – was of the overture

the recorder group and

studio production values,

to Mozart’s opera The Marriage

learnt to read music.

interviewing techniques,

of Figaro. I can even remember

And the first thing I

news reading, and magazine

that the conductor was Rafael

did on leaving school

programme production and

Kubelik. I played it over and over

was to buy a flute and


again. And then a priest friend

begin flute lessons. I

of mine played me a recording of

worked feverishly at

events in my career as a young

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

my newfound musical

broadcaster was being asked by

The effect on me at that early

skills, and within five years was

age was shattering: some years

playing in occasional concerts

in for him to present a symphony

later, the first LP I bought was a

with the erstwhile Durban

concert live from the City Hall in

recording of that symphony.

Symphony Orchestra. My teacher,

Johannesburg. The experience

John Hinch, was the orchestra’s

was exhilarating and nerve-

the piano, but my parents didn’t

principal flautist, and he secured

racking. Soon I was presenting

have the money for a piano and

such opportunities for me. But

all the live concert broadcasts,

piano lessons. However, my best

even that wasn’t enough. I joined

and one day Richard Cock, then

friend at junior school at the time

the Durban Symphonic Choir,

head of the National Symphony

was learning the piano, so I used

which performed regularly with

Orchestra, suggested that I present

to stay with him after classes

the orchestra in big oratorios

some of the pre-concert talks.

while he spent an hour or two

like Messiah and Verdi’s Requiem.

practising on the school piano.

I also joined the opera chorus

I desperately wanted to learn

One of the most exciting

Christopher Bennett to stand

Continued …





Before long, I was also writing

Charleston rhythm. It is quick and

commissioned by the great ballet

programme notes for the concerts.

pulsating, representing the young

impresario Sergei Diaghilev.

When I moved to Cape Town in

enthusiastic spirit of American

2005 to join Fine Music Radio,

life. It begins with a rhythmic motif

Korsakov gave Stravinsky a good,

I started writing programme

given out by the kettle drums, and

solid grounding in the colouring

notes for the Cape Philharmonic

with a Charleston motif introduced

achievable from a large symphony

Orchestra and presenting their

by bassoon, horns, clarinet and

orchestra, and in The Firebird

pre-concert talks. The result was

violas. The principal theme is

we are constantly dazzled by

the vast collection of concert notes

announced by the bassoon. Later, a

the orchestral effects, whether

that form the basis of this book.

second theme is introduced by the

using the full force of the massive

Rodney Trudgeon

piano. The second movement has

orchestra or relying on the most

Cape Town January 2020

a poetic nocturnal atmosphere. …

delicate of texturing.

The finale reverts to the style of

The story can be summarised


the first. It is an orgy of rhythms,

briefly: Prince Ivan captures the

starting violently and keeping to

exotic Firebird in the magic garden

A glance at Gershwin’s dates

the same pace throughout.’

of the ogre Kashchey. He releases

reminds us how tragically early

her when she gives him one of her

stunningly successful career.


Apart from the memorable songs

It is impossible to exaggerate the

Ivan falls in love with the beautiful

and shows he wrote with his

importance of Stravinsky to 20

Tzarevna, one of 13 princesses

brother Ira, he had established

century music. He was one of the

held prisoner by Kashchey, whom

himself as an original composer

most significant composers of

Prince Ivan finally defeats with the

of jazz, and begun to move closer

the century, and the notorious

help of the Firebird.

and closer to the classical world

rhythmic differentiation in his

with a sequence of colourful and

scores, most notably the ballet The

introduction, after which we

exciting orchestral compositions

Rite of Spring, both scandalised and

are in Kashchey’s enchanted

and works for piano and orchestra.

exhilarated audiences. He once

garden. Then follow the dance

His sudden death at 39 of a brain

jokingly remarked that his music

of the Firebird and the Firebird’s

tumour robbed the world of a

was best understood by children

entreaty before the appearance

major talent.

and animals, and certainly his

of the 13 princesses. They are

later neoclassical scores have an

playing a game with apples

Piano Concerto in F major

innocence and originality to them

of gold when suddenly Prince

Gershwin famously said that

that is irresistible.

Ivan appears. A dawn sequence

he died, at the high point of a

feathers, to be used to summon her help in moments of danger. th

people thought Rhapsody in Blue

The music begins with an

finds Ivan entering Kashchey’s

was a lucky accident and he would

The Firebird

palace, and we hear the sound

prove them wrong by writing a full,

We rarely hear the complete

of enchanted bells. A monster

classically structured concerto.

Firebird ballet music, which runs

appears and Kashchey’s guards

He worked quickly on the project,

for about 45 minutes and contains

take Ivan prisoner. There’s a

inspired by the conductor Walter

some of Stravinsky’s most exotic

dialogue sequence between

Damrosch, who had commissioned

and exciting scoring. More often

Kashchey and Ivan before the

it. The concerto was premiered on

we hear the second of three suites

princesses intercede. The Firebird

3 December 1925.

that Stravinsky arranged from

appears and Kashchey’s followers

the complete score. The Firebird

dance under a spell cast by the

detailed commentary on the work,

was an immediate success when

Firebird. Then there is an infernal

which it is well worth quoting here:

it was first performed at the Paris

dance by Kashchey’s subjects, the

‘The first movement employs the

Opera in June 1910, having been

Firebird’s lullaby and the death of

Gershwin himself supplied a


His early training with Rimsky-




joy reigns.





Bach – ‘the immortal god of

In the Karoo-like landscape of a

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is

harmony’, in Beethoven’s words – is

mythical country beset with civil war,

dead, decapitated in the space of a

by general agreement one of the

Kitty Cloete, the innkeeper’s wife,

heartbeat. As her remains are bundled

world’s greatest composers, and

survives on

into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell

surely the greatest of the Baroque

her inner

breakfasts with the victors. The

period. He lived a busy life, at one


blacksmith’s son from Putney continues

stage having to write a new cantata

Strong and

his climb to power and wealth, while his

for each week of the liturgical year.


formidable master, Henry VIII, settles

He worked as an organist at Arnstadt

Kitty is

to short-lived happiness with his third

and Weimar, and then took up the

a skilled

queen, before she dies giving birth to

post of Kapellmeister (director of


the male heir he craves. Cromwell is

music) at Cothen, where he married


a man with only his wits to rely on; he

his second wife, Anna Magdalena,


has no great family to back him, no

who bore 13 of his 20 children. His

and talented

private army. Despite rebellion at home,

final job was at St Thomas’s Church

harpist –

traitors plotting abroad and the threat

in Leipzig, where he wrote some of

none of which

of invasion testing Henry’s regime

his greatest choral music, such as the

could shield

to breaking point, Cromwell’s robust

Mass in B minor.

her from an arranged marriage after

imagination sees a new country in the

Kashchey. After a scene of profound darkness, Kashchey’s spells are broken, his palace disappears, the stone knights return to life and

an ill-fated romance. After State

mirror of the future. But can a nation,

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major,

soldiers are ambushed by Separatist

or a person, shed the past? Do the dead

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guerrillas, a critically injured captain

continually unbury themselves? What

It was during his time at Cothen that

arrives at the inn. For the haunted

will you do, the Spanish ambassador

Bach wrote much of his orchestral

man, whose face has been disfigured

asks Cromwell, when the king turns

and chamber music. But within a

in combat, the music of Kitty’s harp

on you, as sooner or later he turns on

few years he had become restless

becomes the elixir that brings him

everyone close to him? With The Mirror

and decided to move on. Leipzig

back to life. But a young man who

and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a

was on the horizon in 1723, but

witnessed the slaying

triumphant close the trilogy she began

before that Bach applied for a job

of his family and the

with the Margrave of Brandenburg

torching of their farm hears

Up the Bodies. She traces

and included with his application a

of the captain’s residence

the final years of Thomas

set of six orchestral concertos. The

at the inn. He holds the

Cromwell, offering a

margrave never had them performed,

captain responsible for

defining portrait of predator

but, fortunately for posterity, he

the fate that befell his

and prey, of a ferocious

kept the manuscripts. The Fifth

loved ones, and sets out

contest between present and

Brandenburg features a prominent

to find him. The Inn at

past, between royal will and

harpsichord part, which Bach himself

Helsvlakte is a bewitching

a common man’s vision: of a

would have played, including a

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art as a lens, a course correction,

of the Stellenbosch

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Outdoor Sculpture Trust,

and imagination. Through the

runs until 30 April 2020 in a

Triennale, we bring work from the

location renowned for its halls

continent to the southernmost tip

of academia and historical

as an intersection of time – where

vineyards. This international

the past, present and future are

showcase, extraordinary in terms

in dialogue.”

of international reach and extent

The journey of the Stellenbosch

of art on show, places creativity in

Triennale takes in various sites

critical dialogue with the society

of engagement, the geographical

that fosters and exhibits it.

location supporting ideas of

The theme Tomorrow There Will

foundation and transition.

Be More of Us informs the further seven multidisciplinary platforms


that provide meeting points for

An exhibition of artworks by 10

engagement with the divided

young African artists, curated

past, the collective present and

by Dr Bernard Akoi-Jackson, On

imagined futures.

The Cusp is about revealing and

The Curators’ Exhibition,

unravelling the creative talents of

compiled by Chief Curator

tomorrow. Focused on young art

Khanyisile Mbongwa, with

practitioners who have pushed

Triennale co-curator Bernard

their creative boundaries and

Akoi-Jackson, features 20 artists

sit on the cusp of beauty and

from a range of African countries,

magic through their aesthetic,

and interprets the theme. The

conceptual methods. On The Cusp

multidisciplinary art exhibition,

is a point of transition between

situated inside The Woodmill

two different states – looking at

and on the surrounding precinct,

the present and seeing what

provides a gateway where

the creative promises

visitors will be introduced to the


Triennale’s other exhibitions and installations. According to Chief Curator Mbongwa, “African creatives confront us with what is possible



Patrick Bongoy, Out of the Weeping, 2019

ART provide a platform for education, talks, information gathering and dialogue. The pavilion itself will be an artwork, temporary in nature, highlighting the ethos of the sponsor and the curator, speaking to social and environmental issues.

Patrick Bongoy, Promise, 2019

FROM THE VAULT An archival exploration forms part of the education programme, titled From The Vault. This programme exhumes archives and engages with buried museum collections as a critical resource in contextualising and mapping contemporary society and culture. The curator’s statement asks, “What happens if we look at the vault through a speculative lens; if we suspend historical frameworks and adopt intersubjective processes of meaningmaking? Can we speculate on future history?” From The Vault represents a critical engagement with time by browsing through historical acquisitions from Stellenbosch University and Kaloki Nyamai, Wathi omwe Nigutuga Matena manya, 2018

the University of Fort Hare, examining their significance as fragments of the past, and showing how museum vaults can be a compass for the future.

imagination and support 21stcentury learning skills.

EM-BODIED: BEING & BECOMING The Performative Art Practices Festival is curated by celebrated


South African curator and

Concepts of Freedom Film Festival

Akoi-Jackson, and uses as its

is curated by Kenyan musician

location the town of Stellenbosch,

and filmmaker Silas Miami

allowing for dialogue with its

and will be shown throughout

history and architecture.

the town. Venues will be both

choreographer Jay Pather, Khanyisile Mbongwa and Bernard

Trustees of the Stellenbosch

outdoors and indoors, and

Outdoor Sculpture Trust (SOST),

workshops will be held for aspiring

established in 2012, are Dr Mike

filmmakers. Divided into three

Mavura, France Beyers, Michael

parts, there’s a visual art platform

van Wyk, Andi Norton and

titled the Concepts of Freedom

Elana Brundyn.

– film meditation consisting of

The trustees and curators of

retrospective work by two African

the Stellenbosch Triennale aim to

contemporaries: Sunny Dolat

make Stellenbosch the primary

(Kenya/Sao Tome) and Athi-Patra

destination of multi-disciplinary

Rugra (SA). A feature films section

art in Africa in 2020, by tapping

consists of six works, and a video

into the creative impetus that is

art exhibition consists of the works

reverberating across the continent.

of seven artists from the African continent and the Diaspora.

According to Dr Mike Mavura, “The Triennale turns Stellenbosch into a curated public laboratory


for creative expressions and

The Imaginarium will provide a

engagements in response to

unique learning opportunity for

society’s questions now, then

learners of all ages. It will provide

and there: What kind of people

a supplementary, online, open

do we want to be? What relations

source (free) discovery/learning

to nature do we cherish? What

resource centre, accessed through

knowledge and what technologies

the Triennale website. It is

do we deem appropriate? What

designed to stimulate

aesthetic values do we hold?” • www.stellenboschtriennale.com

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Harissa falafel wraps with quick-pickled cabbage Prue claims never to have met a falafel she liked, so I’m really hoping I

• 5 tbsp vegetable oil for frying

can change her mind with this one! This is a wrap even non-vegans can

• salt and black pepper to season

enjoy without feeling as though anything is missing – the falafels are packed full of flavour, and the pickled cabbage perfectly complements


them. I never used to be a fan of pickles, and I still run a mile from

• 2 tbsp tahini

a gherkin, so if you are like me, please give this pickle a chance; the

• 2 tsp lemon juice

cabbage is crunchy and zingy and nothing like the floppy grey-green

• ½ tsp white wine vinegar

things you find on a burger! Peta Serves 4



1. To make the pickling liquor for the cabbage, combine the apple cider


vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds

• 4 soft tortilla wraps

and peppercorns in a small saucepan

• 2 baby gem lettuces, washed and

with 125ml water and bring to the

chopped • 1 avocado, halved, stoned, peeled and sliced

boil. Remove from the heat as soon as it boils. Put the shallot and cabbage into a clean, heatproof jar, then pour the hot pickling liquor


over it and press the cabbage down

• 125ml apple cider vinegar

it to cool, then seal with a lid and

• 1 tbsp caster sugar

refrigerate it for at least a few hours,

• 1 tsp salt • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds

to ensure it’s all submerged. Leave

ideally overnight. 2. To make the falafels, cook the quinoa

• ½ tsp black peppercorns

in a large pan of boiling water for 10

• 1 shallot, thinly sliced

minutes or until the quinoa is tender.

• 200g red cabbage, thickly sliced

Drain and allow it to cool. 3. Put the chickpeas, harissa paste,


garlic, spices, flour, baking powder,

• 50g quinoa (dry weight)

onion and herbs in a food processor

• 240g tinned chickpeas, drained

and blitz until smooth, adding a

• 1 tbsp harissa paste

tablespoon of warm water if it

• 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

is dry and crumbly. Keep adding

• ½ tsp ground coriander • ½ tsp ground cumin • 1½ tbsp plain flour plus extra for coating • ½ tsp baking powder

have a paste that will hold together (you may need up to 6 tablespoons). 4. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, then stir in the quinoa, season to taste

• a handful of flat-leaf parsley, stems

with salt and black pepper, and chill

• a handful of coriander, stems removed


blitzing between additions, until you

• 1 small onion, roughly chopped removed


warm water, a tablespoon at a time,

in the fridge for at least 1 hour. 5. To make the tahini dressing, combine all the ingredients with 3 tablespoons


of warm water in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Season to taste.

7. Heat the vegetable oil in a heavy-

8. To assemble the wraps, spread

based non-stick frying pan over

a generous spoonful of the

a medium high heat, then fry

tahini dressing on each wrap,

lumps of the falafel mixture into your

the falafels in batches, carefully

then divide the lettuce, avocado

hands and shape them into patties

flipping them over halfway through

and falafels between them. Add

(the mixture should make around

cooking, until they are golden

some pickled cabbage to each,

twelve). Press them together, then

brown on both sides. Transfer to

then drizzle over a little extra

roll them gently in flour – they will be

a plate lined with kitchen paper to

tahini dressing. Wrap them up

fragile, so handle them with care.

soak up any excess oil.

tightly and serve immediately.

6. Using clean hands, take egg-sized


The cabb pickled age for up will keep to cover 10 days, ed, in fridge the .

Paneer curry For years I had been reluctant to try paneer, as descriptions often liken it to cottage cheese, which immediately puts me off. However, that description is so wildly inaccurate – it’s far more like a halloumi, and since discovering it, I cook with it all the time. The curry below is one of my favourite ways to use it. Peta Serves 4 • 4 tbsp vegetable oil

garlic, chilli and ginger and sauté

• 1 onion, diced

for 3–4 minutes until the onion

• 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

is soft and translucent, then add

• 1 mild red chilli, finely chopped (with

the tomato purée, cumin, garam

seeds) • 2.5cm piece of ginger, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tbsp tomato purée

masala and curry powder. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the tinned tomatoes and the double cream. 2. Season well with salt and black

• 1 tsp ground cumin

pepper, bring the mixture to the boil,

• 1 tsp garam masala

then reduce the heat and simmer

• 1 tsp hot curry powder

for 10 minutes. Rinse the spinach

• 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes • 100ml double cream

leaves. 3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining

• salt and black pepper to season

vegetable oil in a frying pan over

• 100g baby leaf spinach

a medium-high heat. Add the

• 250g paneer, cut into bite-sized

paneer and fry it, turning it

cubes • 100g frozen petits pois • a pinch of caster sugar • squeeze of lemon juice • rice and/or naan bread to serve

frequently, until golden brown and crisp all over. Add the paneer to the curry. 4. Return the curry to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a further 10–15 minutes. Add the


frozen petits pois and spinach,

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of the vegetable

return to the boil, and simmer for

5. Add the sugar and a small squeeze

oil in a large saucepan over a

just a few minutes until the peas are

of lemon juice, check the seasoning,

medium heat, then add the onion,

cooked and the spinach has wilted.

and serve with rice or naan bread.





Grapefruit treacle tart I adore treacle tart. At lunch before my wedding, I had 24 oysters followed by a bowl of treacle tart and custard. Bliss. But I do recognise that most treacle tarts are too sweet, so I devised this variation in which grapefruit cuts through the sweetness of the syrup. Serve it with ice cream, cream, or good old-fashioned custard, homemade or shop-bought. Prue Serves 12

foil towards the end of cooking if it is browning too much on top. 7. While the tart is baking, dry the

• 3 pink grapefruit

mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

• 3 large eggs

Use a butter knife to mix in the egg

grapefruit segments on a piece

• 450g golden syrup

yolks and enough water to bring

of kitchen paper, then place them

• 50ml double cream

it together to a crumbly dough – it

on a sturdy metal baking tray and

• 100g coarse fresh white breadcrumbs

should only just hold together. Wrap

sprinkle the caster sugar liberally

• 2 tbsp caster sugar

the dough in cling film, and chill it in

over them. Use a kitchen blowtorch to


2. Finely grate the zest of one grapefruit.

the fridge for at least 1 hour, until firm.

caramelise the sugar (see Tips). 8. Remove the tart from the oven

Cut the fruit in half and extract the

and allow it to cool until it is just

juice. Put the grapefruit juice into a

lukewarm, not hot. Arrange the

• 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

saucepan and bring to the boil. Boil

caramelised grapefruit segments on

• a pinch of salt

rapidly until the juice has reduced

top of the warm tart.

• 2 large egg yolks

by about two thirds and has become

• 2–3 tbsp iced water

syrupy. Peel and segment the other


two grapefruit, removing all pith.

• If you happen to have stale brioche

• 140g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

1. To make the pastry, put the butter,

3. To make the filling, whisk the eggs in

in the bread tin, blitz it to crumbs in

flour and salt in a large mixing bowl

a medium bowl until yolks and whites

a blender and use it instead of the

and rub the butter into the flour

are smoothly combined, then add

breadcrumbs in this tart. It adds a

lightly, using your fingertips, until the

the golden syrup, cream, reduced grapefruit juice and zest, and the

the sugar and arrange the segments


on top of the tart. • It is worth learning how to segment

mark 5. Place a baking sheet in the

citrus fruit so each segment is whole

oven to heat up. Grease a 24cm (9½in)

and pith- free. First, hold the fruit

loose-bottomed flan tin.

gently on a board (try not to squeeze

5. Unwrap the pastry and roll it out as

it) and use a very sharp serrated knife

thinly as you can on a dusted surface,

to remove first the top and bottom,

ideally to a thickness of only 1mm.

then the skin with the pith attached.

Line the greased tin with the pastry,

You should be left with a whole round

then put it in the freezer for 20

fruit, pith-free. Hold it in one hand and

minutes to chill.

make a cut towards the centre of the

6. Trim the excess pastry from the top


rich, buttery flavour. • No blowtorch? Never mind. Just omit

breadcrumbs. Stir vigorously to 4. Heat the oven to 190°C/fan 170°C/gas


for 40–50 minutes, covering it with

fruit on one side of a segment. Then

of the pastry case, then fill it with the

angle the knife to cut towards you up

treacle mixture. Put it directly onto

the other side of the segment. This

the pre-heated baking sheet in the

will dislodge it. Repeat with the next

oven. Bake in the middle of the oven

segment until you have them all out.



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ord v Ferrari, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, might not have won the best-picture Oscar it was nominated for – it did win best film editing –

but it became an instant classic after its release at the end of last year. The film is based on one of the greatest true stories in motorsports. Henry Ford II tried to buy Ferrari in the mid-1960s, hoping to bolster the brand’s flagging sales by entering motorsports. Enzo Ferrari rebuffed him, prompting him to hire a team of engineers with one goal in mind: beating Ferrari at the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. “While critics have praised the performances of the leading men, the real stars are the 460 classic cars that were sourced over the better part of a year by vehicle director Rob Johnson, including a Ford GT40, a Triumph, vintage Ferraris and Porsches,” says Gumtree Head of Autos, Nunben Dixon.

Christian Bale, James Mangold, Matt Damon at the "Ford v Ferrari" Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater IMAX on November 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA

Replica Cobras Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby, so needless to say there are a few of his legendary AC Cobras featured in the film. Shelby’s shop is on display, showing various Cobras in production. Miles and Shelby worked together on the 289 Cobra, which were in production in the 1964 season, but as the car couldn’t be lightened, it couldn’t surpass the 385 hp mark. The shells for the replicas were imported from South Africa, where Shelby kits are a favourite project for car enthusiasts, says Dixon. 62



The Ford GT40 Mk II The Ford GT40 that wins the Le Mans in the movie was on loan from a private Shelby collector for

Porsche 356

the shoot. The GT40 was so named

Before driving through

because it stood a full 40 inches off the ground. The car has two

the streets of Los Angeles

wide door sills that double as fuel

Ferrari 250 GTO

tanks, which apparently misted the

At the start of the Le Mans

interior with the smell of gasoline

race in the film, a Ferrari

while driving. In the 1960s, the Ford

dramatically crashes and flies

GT40 sold for about R150 000 but

through the air. The Ferraris

today originals are worth millions,

were a favourite at Le Mans and

according to Dixon.

was named eighth on a list of the greatest sports cars of all time. The crash was very real – but the shells were replicas.

in his Shelby, Damon can be seen behind the wheel of a Porsche 356. This was apparently factually inaccurate – Texas-born Shelby would not have been seen dead in a German car, preferring Aston Martin. However, vintage Aston Martins could not hold up for more than 30 miles an hour, so they settled for a replica 356. The movie also features a Porsche 904 and 906.

Less than 40 of the Ferrari 250 were made in the early sixties.

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