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… Contents

Making moments p 14





The best luxury voyages pair magnificent ships and gracious onboard hospitality with remarkable destinations. Explore the Mediterranean, Africa, the Caribbean and the East.


Artificial intelligence is about to change your cruise experience. Meet ZOE.


Owning an offshore property is a dream for many South Africans. Find out why Cyprus is such a popular investment destination.



Pockets of excellence abound in this local paradise!


The greatest actress of her generation isn’t nearly done yet…



We spoke to Christo Lineveldt of Coronation Fund Managers about how best to preserve value in a living annuity.

Seldom do wealthy families see the transition of their wealth beyond the second and third generations. The successful transfer of wealth should entail more than just tax planning and careful investing.


Discover the winelands p 24

Changes to the income tax laws allow members who emigrate before they reach retirement more flexibility to withdraw their retirement funds when they leave the country. Meryl Streep at 70 p 28

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Design and decor p 60




ART 50 A new centre for book art at

WAM opens as collector and philanthropist Jack Ginsberg donates his collection, which is unrivalled in the Southern Hemisphere. 51 A new report identifies 50 artists consistently valued by Africa’s tastemakers.

Staying positive comes with a host of benefits – and there’s research to prove it.


Just as there are particular precautions for medicine use in children, a healthcare practitioner should give careful consideration to the safety and efficacy of medication prescribed to senior citizens.


Typically, an adult needs eight hours of sleep a day, although this decreases with age. Still, it’s important to address the cause of insomnia.


Scientists are realising that much falling desire isn’t natural or inevitable – it happens because society expects older folk to be less sexual.

THEATRE 52 If there’s one show you have

to see this autumn, it’s the “killer hit musical” Chicago. BOOKS 54 Our selection of new books

focusses on South African fiction and non-fiction, all with a taste of local history (and natural history). DÉCOR 56 This Cape Town family

home, with interiors by local design studio ARRCC, is a tour de force of vibrant colour inspired by the owners’ collection of art.

Jaguar I-PACE p 72

60 We bring you a selection

of the best local high-end design and décor items that have been raking in accolades around the country. DINING 64 Glenneis Kriel spoke to

chef Kobus van der Merwe, chef and owner of Wolfgat in Paternoster, which was named Restaurant of the Year at the World Restaurant Awards in Paris this year. 68 We bring you a fabulous Sunday lunch spread called Seven Colours from bestselling local recipe book, The Lazy Makoti’s Guide To The Kitchen. MOTORING 72 Could the new Jaguar

I-PACE be the car that makes an everyday electric car a reality? CROSSWORD 74 Test your skills. 10



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elcome to the very first issue of Silver Digest. We’ve been thinking for a while that there simply aren’t any magazines around that seem to understand that the concept of retirement has been revolutionised, and that most

people entering this new life-stage see it as a fresh beginning. So, we decided to create one – and this is our debut! We’ve tried to gather articles and advice, entertainment and information that reflect the reality of contemporary post-career lifestyles, and hope to become a voice for a richer, fuller, more significant life. With that in mind, we’ve brought together a range of topics, blending leisure activities like travel, décor and the arts with insight and advice on other more serious topics, such as money, health and wellbeing. So, for our launch issue, we’ve packed our pages with juicy reads, from holiday cruises and Cape Winelands getaways to a celebration of Meryl Streep, who, can you believe it, turns 70 this year (and has just become a grandmother). Of course, she’s nowhere near slowing down. We’ve also gathered advice on looking after your living annuity and preserving wealth across generations. There are health topics from sex to insomnia, and, of course, a wealth of books, art, design and décor delights that seem to abound in our country at the moment. We even had a heart-to-heart with the chef at the world’s best restaurant - which is in Paternoster of all places! But there’s plenty more. Browse the pages and enjoy. (We’ll give you the crossword solution in the next issue!) Happy reading, Graham

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t can be dizzying up there on the commanding slopes

and laouto, in their workshops. Perhaps you will play an

of Mount Etna, Europe’s

instrument, just to experience it,

highest and most active volcano

in the same way you plan to help

on the island of Sicily. This you

with the harvest in a village not

know because you’re on a 4x4

far from Kusadasi in Turkey. What

expedition bumping along its

better way to encounter rural life

craters, cavities and cones.

than to be a genuine part of it,

Remnants of old lava streams

sharing each moment?

slide thickly down the slopes. You try to imagine how it was

Already you can taste the breakfast, known as kahvalti,

for the legendary Roman town of

which typically includes cheeses,

Pompeii, as ash and pumice rained

black and green olives, spicy

down from an erupting Mount

sausages, fruit preserves, bread

Vesuvius, trapping it in

and freshly brewed tea.

AD 79 forever. You have walked down its ancient streets and inside the ruins, all filled with traces of life frozen in a moment.

You smile, at one with the moment. This could be your experience if you join Regent Seven Seas

Later, at Sorrentino Vini, a

Cruises (RSSC) on its ‘Ancient

family-owned winery, you sipped

Ruins, Legendary Cities’ eight-

the only Lacryma Christi Vesuvian

night Rome (Civitavecchia) to

sparkling wine entirely produced

Athens (Piraeus) cruise, departing

on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.

on 8 September 2019 on the

You dined on local specialities

Seven Seas Voyager.

such as Gragnano pasta

Janine Pretorius, owner of

Scarpariello, salami, cheeses and

Encore Cruises and specialist

homemade bread.

in booking RSSC in this market

That bread reminded you of the

for over 20 years, recommends

upcoming visit to a local bakery in

the itinerary for those travellers

the Maltese village of Zejtun, where

wanting to experience as much of

the baker will demonstrate how to

the Mediterranean as possible in a

make and then bake sourdough

short period of time.

bread in a wood oven. Already the aroma beckons,

If you prefer additional stops in Turkey (Istanbul and

like the notes of Santorini’s

Bozcaada), the eight-night

musical heritage. You are looking

‘Crossroads of Antiquity’ routing,

forward to meeting the craftsmen

also from Rome to Athens on

who make traditional Greek

Seven Seas Voyager, departs a

instruments, such as the bouzouki

month later on 8 October. Continued …



T R AV E L Seven Seas Splendor is an all-suite, all-balcony ship catering for up to 750 guests. It has distinctive public spaces as well as 375 beautifully appointed suites, from the Veranda Suite to the sumptuous Regent Suite. Nearly 90 suites offer butler service.

old way of making cheese, for

ship, your chef instructor presents

standards in the luxury cruise

In 2009, RSSC elevated

example, or discover the joy

a private 90-minute cooking class

industry by introducing free

of fishing with the residents of

mastering the fundamentals of

unlimited shore excursions,


Moroccan cooking.

demonstrating the tremendous

Consider the intimacy of

value the cruise line offers with

you and only 15 others in your

your bucket list, Casablanca and

its all-inclusive voyage price.

Regent Choice group tour at the

Agadir are stops on the 11-night

Now two recent innovations – Go

Central Market of Casablanca,

‘Iberian Discovery’ itinerary that

Local Tours and Regent Choice

accompanied by your Culinary

departs Barcelona for Lisbon on

small group tours – have taken

Arts Kitchen chef instructor as

12 November 2019 onboard Seven

this excursion experience for

you forage for preserved lemons,

Seas Explorer, advises Pretorius.

passengers to another level.

rose water, argan oil and possibly

This itinerary also incorporates

a tagine to use later during your

stops in Seville (Cádiz), Arrecife

Moroccan cooking class.

(Lanzarote), Santa Cruz de

Guests’ desire to learn about the cultures and natural wonders of the world is the

Tenerife and Santa Cruz de la

inspiration behind Go Local

market – another tour highlight –

Palma in the Canary Islands, as

Tours. A fascination for immersive

where olives of every imaginable

well as Funchal (Madeira).

exploration, and the fact that

variety and colour are displayed

many guests return to ports

in large bowls under Moorish-

Pretorius proposes the 14-night

they’ve visited before, created the

designed arches. Back aboard the

‘Enlightened Passage’ Singapore

Looking further East,

demand for distinct, authentic

to Singapore sailing on the

experiences. This means guests

Seven Seas Voyager, departing

can spend a day at a family-

6 December 2019 and returning

owned goat farm in the


Afterwards, it’s on to the olive

If Morocco has always been on

to the port on 20 December.

countryside of Andalusia

From Singapore, the ship

to learn the generations-

moves on to Thailand’s Ko



Samui – learn how locals pick ripe coconuts – and Bangkok, where an excursion to the Jim Thompson Thai House and Museum comes highly recommended. After stops in Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang in Vietnam, Seven Seas Voyager docks in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, where guests can venture into the astonishing Kinabalu National Park, Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll along a nature trail and through a garden of rare orchids. Or ride Borneo’s last train into the lush countryside of farms, water buffalo and villages. In Maura, Brunei, it’s worth visiting the Sultan’s lavish residence, the largest palace in the world, with a blend of contemporary and traditional Islamic architecture. As the voyage nears its end in Kuching, Malaysia, enjoy an interlude at the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre where injured and abandoned animals are rehabilitated. The highly intelligent orangutans remain a firm favourite among visitors. The shore excursions are just one of many reasons Pretorius is so passionate when selling RSSC itineraries. “Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers every luxury while guests unwind and explore the world at their own pace,” she says. One of her favourite pastimes is listening to guests’ feedback after a cruise because there is always something to delight everyone. “Regent doesn’t just take you there,” she says, “they show you.” Encore Cruises as a company has grown alongside the RSSC brand Continued …

The Regent Suite will accommodate up to six guests and includes a private in-suite spa with sauna, spacious living room and bedrooms, private solarium, three walk-in closets, private dining room, unlimited Canyon Ranch spa services in-suite, personal butler as well as private car and driver in every port.


in this market, says Pretorius, remembering a time when there was just one ship in the fleet. An announcement in January has now confirmed that RSSC recently placed an order to build its sixth allsuite cruise ship that will define its own category for elegance at sea.


In Maura, Brunei, it’s worth visiting the Sultan’s lavish residence, the largest palace in the world

With delivery scheduled for late 2023, the new vessel will build on

Nine of her Caribbean voyages

This transition from traditional

the success of sister ship Seven

call on Havana, Cuba – three of

bottled water will eliminate about

Seas Explorer, which continues to

which are overnights, allowing

two million plastic bottles annually.

solidify a reputation as the most

guests to immerse themselves

luxurious ship ever built, and

in the fascinating history of this

summarises Pretorius, brings

Seven Seas Splendor, the highly

unique island.

a truly all-inclusive travel

anticipated new ship arriving in

In addition to the new

Regent Seven Seas Cruises,

experience to life through its

February 2020, which is expected

builds, the cruise line recently

exquisite facilities, refined service

to perfect luxury.

invested $125million to ensure

and exhilarating shore excursions.

its other three ultra-luxurious

Everything is included in one

Seas Splendor’s inaugural Europe

ships, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven

fare, with the exception of spa

Collection features the Greek Isles,

Seas Voyager and Seven Seas

treatments. The minute guests

French Riviera, Iberian Peninsula,

Navigator, continue to offer

board, it is paid for: fine dining,

United Kingdom and more. As

the compelling, high-quality

wine and premium spirits, 24-

guests explore the ship, they can

experiences guests enjoy on the

hour room service, staff gratuities,

also discover up to 95 UNESCO

newer ships.

shore excursions, entertainment,

Pretorius advises that Seven

World Heritage Sites off-ship,

Pretorius is proud that RSSC is

lectures and unlimited WiFi.

including the City of Rhodes

the first luxury ocean cruise line to

and the Painted Churches in the

eliminate single-use plastic bottles,

Cruises is your consummate

Troodos Region of Cyprus.

opting instead to serve guests

host, she says, as it aspires to

from the prestigious Vero water

make momentous memories for

purification system across its fleet.

its passengers. •

Seven Seas Splendor will then cross to the Caribbean. 18


In this way, Regent Seven Seas

Shipboard credits: Guests now have early access to use any new or existing shipboard credits prior to departure. From 1 May 2019, guests may apply their available credits towards various experiences such as Regent Choice shore excursions, an Executive Collection private car tour or Culinary Arts Kitchen classes aboard  Seven Seas Splendor and Seven Seas Explorer.

An unRiVAlled eXPeRience™

We aspire to give you more than just the most luxurious ships, exquisite meals, refined service or exhilarating shore excursions. We aspire to give you more than any one of those things because a truly all-inclusive travel experience is about having every luxury included, just the way you like it. All included
















up to 36 Shore Excursions included

up to 31 Shore Excursions

up to 46 Shore Excursions included

up to 26 Shore Excursions included

Departure: 08 Sept 2019 Concierge Suite from US $5,914 p/p

Departure: 08 Oct 2019 Deluxe Veranda Suite from US $5,029 p/p

Departure: 12 Nov 2019 Deluxe Veranda Suite from US $7,099 p/p

Departure: 06 Dec 2019 Deluxe Veranda Suite from US $6,335 p/p

Established Travel Partner for 22 years Janine Pretorius • Tel: 012 664 0925 • janinep@encorecruises.co.za

Fares quoted are subject to change and availability at the time of booking and include all savings. Fares can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice. Terms and Conditions apply.




AI IS ABOUT TO CHANGE YOUR CRUISE EXPERIENCE In a world where virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa connect with a smart world filled with devices, cruise ships are following suit. Meet ZOE…

MSC Bellissima


personal cruise assistant

of their holiday. We researched

has arrived. Just this March,

the latest connected technologies

MSC Cruises introduced its guests

and identified voice assistants and

to ZOE with the launch of its new

artificial intelligence as the way to

ship, the MSC Bellissima, and it will

meet this need, and the work on

be available on each new ship in

ZOE began.”

he world’s first virtual

“Today, customers have

the company’s fleet from now on.

increasingly high expectations

Whenever a guest on the ship has a question, all they have to do is

for connected experiences

say, “OK ZOE”, and the ship’s voice-

wherever they live, work, and now, travel,” says Sanjay Dhawan,

activated assistant will be ready to answer hundreds of questions about the cruise, provide information about onboard services, give guidance and suggestions or even help to book a service. ZOE is found in every cabin

Harman International and Samsung Electronics present ZOE.

performance tests. As an artificial

President, Connected Services

intelligence solution, ZOE is

and CTO, HARMAN – a subsidiary

designed to continue learning and

of Samsung Electronics that

developing her responses based on

developed ZOE in partnership

real guest interactions.

with MSC Cruises. “Digital

MSC Cruises assures guests

assistants and voice-recognition

in the ship, and can speak

that she is not designed to replace

technologies are transforming

seven languages. She has been

human interaction between

the opportunity to create a guest

programmed and trained to

crew and guests, but rather to

experience that is highly personal,

respond to more than 800 of the

provide guests with the flexibility

adaptable and intuitive.”

most commonly asked questions

to communicate and discover

with thousands of different

information from the comfort of

and a professional quality speaker

variants of each question. Testing

their cabins.

in the cabin are activated by your

was carried out on the conversation

Gianni Onorato, MSC Cruises’

Essentially, special microphones

voice, and ZOE also interacts with

designs, ZOE’s natural speech

CEO, comments, “There was a

the in-cabin TV. It can also connect

recognition and ability to

core guest need to be met, which

with the cruise app on your phone

transform speech into text and

was to find answers to common

directly through Bluetooth so that

back again, in addition to scores of

questions in a quick and easy way,

you can enjoy music, podcasts and

other behavioural, experiential and

enabling guests to make the most

more directly in your cabin. •




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Owning an offshore property and having a Plan B is a dream than many South Africans would love to realise. Cyprus, an Englishspeaking ex-British colony and full EU member, is an extremely popular destination in Europe for South Africans to invest.


no need to live in Cyprus for the residency permits to remain valid. No other programme in Europe offers this. Your approach to your investment decision will be determined on how clear you are on the reason you want a Plan B in Europe. Is the drive to acquire residency or a second citizenship to relocate, or to have an investment property to leave as a legacy for the children

urope remains the

“Citizenship through Investment”

preferred geographic

or the “Fast-track residency

location for the majority

programme” will reap financial

in actively and consistently

rewards and lifelong benefits.

promoting property opportunities

of South Africans considering owning an offshore property,


Euro-based income; and there is

Cyprus gives three generations

and grandchildren? Cypriot Realty is a pioneer

primarily in Cyprus. They have

but the choice of where to

in the same direct family line the

successfully been doing this from

invest can be intimidating,

legal right to live in Cyprus without

their Cape Town and Sandton

considering the financial, legal

having to go through onerous

offices since 2008. As a result,

and tax implications coupled

immigration processes should

the company is recognised and

with language and cultural

they wish to make a permanent

respected as Southern Africa’s

barriers. Acquiring permanent

move. All dependent children up

authoritative investment specialist

residency in Cyprus, however,

to age 25, plus both the parents

for promoting Cyprus as an

is an astute offshore property

and the parents-in-law, qualify for

ideal destination for acquiring

investment that works for you in

residency on the same property

permanent residency/citizenship,

the short, medium and long term

purchase under the main investor.

property investment, immigration/

– the achievement of a lifetime.

The property can be used as

retirement and starting an

In Cyprus, investing in the

an investment tool to earn an

European-based business. •


2 tours in MAY / JUNE

3 tours in SEPTEMBER



EAT, DRINK AND SLEEP THE WINELANDS! The winelands of the Western Cape offer opportunities where wining, dining and setting come together to create a seeming paradise. We picked four of our favourite spots where these three elements come together to create unforgettable memories. BOSJES As you turn off the R43 and turn into the gravel road approaching the Bosjes farm, you find yourself surrounded by the Slanghoek and Waaihoek mountain ranges. And then, like a mirage, you see the strikingly modern white curvaceous roof of the glass-walled chapel. Beyond this is the beautiful avantgarde architectural landmark Die Skuur Guesthouse, which has been decorated in muted shades of sand with accents of chartreuse and copper by interior designer Liam Mooney, perfect for a large family or wedding party wanting to enjoy


with contemporary glass walls, serving

quality time together either at the

Babylonstoren, the spectacular

delicious yet often edgy combinations of

pool on hot days or around the fire

resurrection of one of the oldest Cape

seasonal fare, following a farm-to-fork

pit on cold ones. But all five rooms,

Dutch farms, not only has a range of

philosophy. Other options include the

including the family room and the

accommodation set in restored

honeymoon suite, can be rented

buildings combining

individually. Bosjes Kombuis,

authentic architecture

known for its inspired country-style

with modern design,

cuisine, boasts high ceilings, glass

but also a breath-

guests picnic-style

walls, a wooden terrace, mountain

taking fruit, vegetable

meals served in

views and a delightfully whimsical

and herb garden

wooden crates with

historical- and nature-inspired

(with ducks), fine food

blue-and-white tiled mural of the

and wine, and, above

Bosjes Tree of Life. To complete the

all, an unforgettable

state-of-the-art winery

picture, last spring Bosjes Farm

sense of beauty and

produces a range of wines

added a vinous string to its bow,

wellbeing. Babylonstoren

launching a bespoke range of house

has several dining options,

wines sourced from leading local

including Babel Restaurant, which is

grapes are grown on the farm.

estates and blended especially for

housed in the old cow shed transformed


Bosjes. www.bosjes.co.za 24


Bakery, a working bakery by day, but which is decked out La Dolce Vita-style by night. The Greenhouse offers

preserves, jams, fresh bread and salads. A

designed to showcase the local soils and climate where their



BOSCHENDAL Boschendal, one of the oldest farms in the Franschhoek Valley, offers the perfect trifecta of outstanding wining, dining and accommodation. From the famous The Werf restaurant to the 40 beautifully restored cottages, including the historical Herbert Baker designed Rhodes Cottage, it’s a bucolic paradise of mountain biking routes, walking paths, wine tasting, cellar tours and swimming in the dams. There are plenty of opportunities to sit, read and relax, too. Apart from The Werf Restaurant, dining options include The Deli, The Rhone Homestead or the legendary picnics. You can have breakfast or braai baskets brought to your cottage, or pick up fresh farm produce to prepare in your cottage. Of course, with a heritage of over 300 years of wine-making and a host of awards, Boschendal’s classic, fruity wines meticulously balance rustic tradition and modern innovation. www.boschendal.com •


since he started working there at

Allée Bleue, a family-owned estate

the end of 2014. Dating back to

near Franschhoek, in South

1689, the Manor House at Allée

Africa, is primarily a working farm

Bleue has been transformed into

with nearly 80 hectares planted

a luxuriously appointed retreat

to fruit and olive trees. The wines

with a series of elegant dining and

are justly famous, having won

meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art

hundreds of awards over the years

kitchen and sophisticated bar.

and the Allée Bleue fresh herb

Upstairs, in what was originally a

range is available in most large

storage barn, there is luxurious

retailers in the Western Cape. The

accommodation in two spacious

Allée Bleue Bistro, conveniently

and private suites. Outdoors,

situated at the entrance to the

there’s a terrace and walled garden

estate, is set in a charming

with lawns edged in iceberg

building that boasts two open

roses and lavender, and beyond a

verandas overlooking the gardens

citrus orchard and herb garden.

and play area – ideal for enjoying

With a walled grassy garden,

a lazy lunch on a sunny Winelands

sprawling vineyards and views of

day. Chef Beau du Toit brings his

the Drakenstein Mountains, the

effervescent energy to this classic

estate is the ideal picnic spot to

space. Simplicity and freshness

relax under the shade of old oak

are the other key ingredients he

trees on these beautiful autumn

has added to the Allée Bleue Bistro

days. www.alleebleue.co.za



Feature …

MERYL STREEP AT The greatest living actress of our time is a grandma.


n January this year, in New

(We know that she’s signed up to

1978, and they have four children

York, the day after the Golden

play Aunt March in Little Women

(all grown up now).

Globes, Meryl Streep met with

later this year, directed by Greta

Her first grandchild has arrived

the 82-year-old British Actress

Gerwig and co-starring the likes

just in time for another milestone

Glenda Jackson – who is playing

of Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan

awaiting Meryl, whose real name

King Lear on Broadway – for an

and Timothée Chalamet, among

is Mary Louise. (Apparently, her

interview with Interview magazine.

others.) For the moment, she said,

father used to shorten Mary Louise

It was more like a conversation,

she was taking a rest.

to Meryl, and it stuck.) On 22 June,

really – two giantesses of stage

“I’ve been working like mad for

she will celebrate her 70th birthday.

and screen talking stagecraft

quite a while, so I’m getting ready

As she nears this landmark in

and politics and life in general.

for my first grandchild,” she said.

life, it’s worth reflecting on what

Jackson casually asked Streep

“My daughter’s having a baby in

lies behind Streep’s tremendous

if she was working on anything.

February, so I’m going to go out

success. Because, as anyone will

and ruin her life. I specialise in

tell you, she holds the record

unsolicited advice.”

for the most Golden Globe and

I’ve been working like mad for quite a while, so I’m getting ready for my first grandchild

” 28


Despite being one of the most

Oscar nominations, ever. She has

famous figures in film, Streep

been nominated for 21 Academy

has managed to keep her private

Awards and 31 Golden Globes.

life largely just that: private. So,

She has won three Oscars (for

while she dropped this detail in

Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice

conversation with an old friend, at

and The Iron Lady) and eight Golden

the time of going to press nothing

Globes (which, as some wag once

further about her grandchild

pointed out, not only makes her

was known except that her eldest

Hollywood’s biggest winner, but

daughter, Mamie, gave birth to a

also its biggest loser). There’s

health boy in late February. So, to

another one in the family, too: her

add to her accolades, Streep is now

children once gave their father a

a grandmother. Streep herself has

fake honorary Oscar.

been married to the same man – sculptor Don Gummer – since

Continued …

Right Meryl Streep at the 82nd Academy Awards, 26 February 2012.

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F E AT U R E Mamie Gummer, Rick Springfield and Meryl Streep attend the Ricki And The Flash New York premiere, 3 August 2015

of Freedom in 2014, so she’d had a fan in government before. But she touched on another issue closer to her heart on that occasion: feminism. Although, when she was young, she said that she would have thought that feminism had to do with “nice nails and clean hair”, and at various other times has shied away from the term. In an interview with Time Out about the film Suffragette, when asked, “Are you a feminist?” when it’s modelled by someone in

she replied, “I am a humanist. I am

Awards, the couple’s youngest

the public platform, by someone

for a nice, easy balance.”

daughter, Louisa Gummer,

powerful – it filters down into

tweeted, “Fun fact: we once made

everybody’s life, because it kind of

Convention she asked pointedly,

my dad a fake Oscar for acting

gives permission for other people

“What does it take to be the first

comfortable at these things for

to do the same thing,” she said.

female anything?” referring to

40 years straight.”

“Disrespect invites disrespect,

the fact that she expected Clinton

violence incites violence. And when

to become the US’s first woman

the powerful use their position to

president. “It takes grit and it

After the 2018 Academy

Apart from her talent and energy, what makes Streep’s success so remarkable is that

bully others, we all lose.”

she hasn’t exactly shied

Trump responded on

away from the public

Twitter calling her “one

eye. She’s used her

of the most over-

But at the Democratic

takes grace.” Streep herself has shown grit and grace in her own career as she carved out a path for herself

fame as a platform to

rated actresses in

in which she played powerful,

say what she wants.

Hollywood”, and “a

complex, well-rounded characters

She’s fearlessly

Hillary flunky who

for women throughout decades,

expressed her

lost big”. The fact is

when most were reduced to

opinion on a range of

that Streep did indeed

unspeaking, unthinking roles

issues, taking on the

support Clinton in her campaign, giving a

Hollywood bigwigs and

speech at the Democratic

doing things her way.

National Convention. It was

At the 2017 Golden Globes, when Donald Trump was

Donald Trump, President of the United States.

a rare appearance, because,

in which they’re depicted as nothing more than stand-in parts for narratives centred on male characters. One of the most famous ways of

although Streep is frequently

rating women film characters is the

outspoken about political issues,

Bechdel test. It asks three simple

about his leadership without even

she hadn’t made campaign

questions about a film: Does the

mentioning his name, referring

appearances before. Former US

film feature two named female

to an incident when he publicly

president Barack Obama awarded

characters? Do they speak to

mocked a disabled journalist.

her the National Medal of Arts in

one another? Do they talk about

“This instinct to humiliate,

2010, and the Presidential Medal

anything other than a man?

still president elect, she made a subtle but powerful statement



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You’d be amazed how many

While she spent some years

Although she won her first

award-winning films fail to

working hard in theatre as a young

Oscar soon after, in 1978 for

meet these simple criteria for

graduate, critical success in film

Kramer vs Kramer, opposite Dustin

their women characters. Streep,

came soon after her debut in 1977.

Hoffman, her first leading role

however, passes with flying

Just one year later, she had her

came some years later in the

colours, showing that it is indeed

first Oscar nomination for her role

film adaptation of The French

possible to carve out a career in

as Robert De

which women are represented

Niro’s girlfriend

as fully rounded human beings.

in The Deer

Even the box-office pleasers

Hunter. In that

like Mamma Mia, Julie & Julia and

film she worked

The Devil Wears Prada make the


grade, which also importantly

her serious

showed Hollywood that a film that

boyfriend of

met these criteria could be commercially successful. In fact, it’s interesting

the time, John Cazale, who is famous for

to note that, although

his roles in

now it would seem that

The Godfather

Lieutenant’s Woman in

What does it take to be the first female anything? It takes grit and it takes grace

Streep can do no wrong,


her career path actually

among others.

shows how commercial

Tragically, at just 41, he’d been

success didn’t come

1981. Still, it took another Oscar-winning performance (Sophie’s Choice) and some years before she found the mainstream stardom that established her career as a delicate balance between being a

serious actress and a Hollywood

diagnosed with lung cancer. He

superstar: Out of Africa, a film

easy. For many years, she

continued acting in the film, but

based on the life of writer Karen

stuck to her guns in a way

died in 1978. Streep nursed him

Blixen, in which she played

that can’t have been easy

until the end, a traumatic time for

opposite Robert Redford.

or comfortable, insisting

the 29-year-old.

Continued …

on roles that met her standards. Feminist or not, to fully realise her craft, her incredible virtuosity with accents and ability to Meryl Streep attends the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again film premiere, 16 July 2018.

portray complex and nuanced emotion, she needed the characters to be appropriate vehicles for her talent.

Meryl Streep unveils the poster for her Margaret Thatcher film The Iron Lady in Westminster, London, 14 November 2011.




Above Meryl Streep with actor, director and producer Clint Eastwood on the set of his movie The Bridges of Madison County, 1995. Left Meryl Streep at the 90th Annual Academy Awards, 4 March 2018.

Its success also brought her

Clint Eastwood in The Bridges of

money – after Out of Africa, Streep

Madison County, about a National

could command $4million a movie.

Geographic photographer who falls

But people tend to forget

in love with a middle-aged Italian

the difficult period in the 90s,

farmer’s wife while on assignment

when Streep was balancing work

in, you guessed it, Madison County.

and motherhood and her star

Karina Longworth, author of the

faded somewhat. Nevertheless,

2014 book Meryl Streep: Anatomy

it was during this time that

of an Actor, says that in her role

she made one of her crucial

as Francesca, Streep became

breakthroughs for women in

“arguably the first middle-aged

Hollywood. In one of her notable

actress to be taken seriously by

successes in that difficult

Hollywood as a romantic heroine”.

decade, Streep starred opposite

Streep was the first middle-aged actress to be taken seriously as a romantic heroine 32


The book is a fascinating study of Streep as a feminist artist. “I make the case that Streep’s body of work often seems to function as a kind of alternative history of the 20th century from a female perspective,” explains Longworth in an interview for her publishers, Phaidon. “I argue that her choice of roles, her process and the results are frequently actually quite radical, even (or especially) when the projects themselves seem on the surface to be fully mainstream or even conservative in nature.”

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Never one to sit still, however, Streep is now following many of Hollywood’s biggest film stars onto the greener pastures of TV acting. She appears in the second series of Big Little Lies, which will show later this year, playing the mother-inlaw of Nicole Kidman’s character, also starring Reese Witherspoon and Zoe Kravitz. In her interview with Jackson, she talks about the new venture, as they discuss the ongoing issue Streep came out of the last

serious roles like Margaret

decade of the 20th century

Thatcher in The Iron Lady and

continuing to work on great

Katherine Graham in The Post,

films, but perhaps not expecting

more recently.

the revival of mainstream

It’s clear that, although she

superstardom and commercial

has used her platform to say

success that the noughties

what she felt needed to be said,

brought. Nevertheless, with

in her work she has actually

films like The Devil Wears Prada,

tread her own courageous path

Mamma Mia! and Julie & Julia,

and, in the process, transformed

she had major Hollywood

what is possible for a woman

hits, and still went on to play

in Hollywood.

Above Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Austrian actor Klaus-Maria Brandauer on the set of Out of Africa, 1985 Below Dustin Hoffman kisses Meryl Streep in a scene from the film Kramer Vs. Kramer, 1979.

that has never quite faded from Streep’s agenda, despite her career having defied it for four decades: the lack of good roles for women. “[T]here seems to be more room in television,” she says. “It’s been great for women, because it was the poor little sister for so long. People looked at it as a lesser art form, so women’s stories could go in there.” And so, as she nears 70, a new chapter of her career opens, and she’s taking the fight to a new forum. But, once again, it’s her talent that will clear the way: her ability to bring seriousness, complexity and charm to women’s roles. She’s made women of all ages visible – not just for being sexy and beautiful, not just concentrating on seriousness, not just for being funny, but all of these things and more. Perhaps her greatest gift is being a true actress – because as famous as she is, it’s hard even to think of what her real accent sounds like. And she has used her talent to make a difference. • SILVER DIGEST // AUTUMN 2019


Money …

LOOKING AFTER YOUR LIVING ANNUITY We spoke to Christo Lineveldt of Coronation Fund Managers about how best to preserve value in a

also leave any unused assets to your chosen beneficiaries. However, choosing the living

So, what would a prudent plan look like? The rule of thumb is that a

annuity as your retirement

low initial drawdown rate of 5%

income vehicle comes with the

or less will allow the underlying

most challenging of investor

investment portfolio to grow

pproaching your

needs: simultaneously investing

and sustain its ability to protect

retirement date comes

for both immediate retirement

the purchasing power of your

with anticipating the

income and long-term growth.

retirement income over time. It’s

life you plan to live beyond

The key challenge is to ensure

worth noting that the less you

employment. However, this

a sustainable standard of living

draw early on in retirement, the

process also forces many investors

by balancing the needs of today

more you enable your capital to

to make some of the most critical

with those of the future. This is

grow, and the better it will be able

financial decisions of their

best achieved by investing in

to sustain you further down the

lifetime. Having saved towards a

an appropriately constructed

line. To grow your income so that

retirement nest egg over multiple

portfolio and selecting a

you keep up with inflation over

decades, for many it will be the

conservative income drawdown

the course of 25 to 30 years, your

single largest pot of capital with

rate early in retirement. Drawing

capital needs to grow, too.

which they would need to make

too high an income at the start of

Given that you still have a

a decision – and one that will

your retirement and/or expecting

multi-decade time horizon over

ultimately determine their lifestyle

too high a rate of return is as

which you need inflation-beating

for the rest of their life.

dangerous as investing too

returns, you require a diversified

conservatively or too aggressively.

portfolio that has meaningful

living annuity.


Many investors choose to transfer their retirement

Just how sustainable

exposure to growth assets such as

savings to a living

it is to draw a certain

equities and property. Investors

annuity (as opposed to a

level of retirement

early in retirement should seek

guaranteed annuity) as it

income depends on

funds that allow at least half of the

comes with various pros

how well you manage

portfolio to invest in growth assets.

– not least that you can decide on how much you’d like to draw as your income from year to year (within the legally defined

the fine balance between the return earned on the capital you have invested in the living annuity, and how fast you withdraw your income.

At Coronation, their flagship living annuity portfolio, the Coronation Capital Plus Fund, will have approximately 60% exposure to growth assets on average. But this is just half of the

limits of 2.5% and

equation. Your living annuity’s

17.5% per year,

underlying investment fund also

of course). You can

needs a strong focus on risk and



PRESERVING WEALTH ACROSS GENERATIONS potential negative returns over shorter time periods – this is important given that you will be drawing a regular income from the fund. The Coronation Capital Plus Fund is therefore managed to not deliver a negative return over any rolling 18-month period. Once your living annuity plan is in action, you should carefully moderate the amount of retirement income you draw in response to the performance of your underlying investment. By applying a few spending rules, such as dynamically adjusting your income drawdown in response to returns, retirees can ensure capital preservation. In other words, first earn the returns before spending them. If you are close to retirement

By: John Kennedy, Director and Regional Head: Cape Town, Citadel


eople hate losing money.

third generations. As a result,

In fact, this aversion to

the successful transfer of wealth

the loss of money is so

should entail more than just tax

significant that it has become the

planning and careful investing.

subject of a substantial number of

One of the most effective ways to

studies. The pain that is felt when

preserve such assets is to have

and find the complex decisions

people lose money is stronger than

governance structures in place to

that you are faced with to

the joy of a gain. And it is even

protect them, and there are three

be overwhelming, it’s worth

more pronounced when a person

elements to this:

keeping the basics in mind

has worked hard to build their

when you choose a living

capital base, often through diligent


annuity as your retirement

behaviour and determination,

Once the capital has been

vehicle. The key is essentially

over many years – possibly even a

established, it needs to be

to: 1) start with a sustainable

lifetime. However, it is in families

managed, and a plan must be

initial retirement income

where a parent has built a legacy

put in place to ensure that this

drawdown rate, 2) structure

for his or her children that the

continues. A set of people need

a portfolio that is appropriate

potential for loss particularly

to be mandated to continue

to your needs, and 3) review

comes to the fore – few wealthy

with managing the assets, for an

and moderate your retirement

families see the transition of their

indefinite period of time.

income on a regular basis. •

wealth beyond the second and

Continued …




Few wealthy families see the transition of their wealth beyond the second and third generations

discretion should be afforded the decision makers and under what circumstances such discretion is allowed.

Pay-outs are often linked to certain ages for future generations, with 25, 30 and 35 years having been quite common, although experts caution that

These need not be the family

an emotional response might be

25 is almost certainly too young

members, as there can often be

more likely. In this way, a family

to properly manage large sums

issues among siblings regarding

can aim to protect its wealth

of money. Sometimes pay-outs

its future management while

and ensure that it is attended to

are provided on an as-needed

some family members may also

prudently. An investment policy

basis, and sometimes they can be

be reluctant, unprepared, or even

also establishes accountability

stipulated. Ultimately, the key is

unable to take this role. But, more

and serves as an overarching

that this should be the culmination

importantly, future generations will

strategic guide for planning and

of a carefully thought-through

not even be known, so it would be

implementing the investment

process with deliberate decisions

impossible to predict their level of


having been taken and nothing left

interest in or aptitude for managing

It allows for aspects such as

to chance. By putting a governance

the assets. It might also be easier

asset allocation, risk monitoring

structure in place, families will

for non-family members to act

and management, as well as

be able to protect their assets and

impartially in all circumstances.


overcome the potential risk of



stewards of the wealth.

Once the capital has been

A key element of preserving

the plans to preserve wealth are

built, it needs to be managed

wealth is determining when and

communicated to family members

appropriately and if an investment

how proceeds are distributed. It

to manage their expectations,

policy is laid out in advance, its

is important to stipulate upfront

as well as to provide them with

supervision and control will be

how the proceeds generated by

the opportunity to discuss their

better organised. An investment

and the future sale of the assets

investment values and precepts.

policy establishes the goals and

will be distributed, to whom

It also affords families the chance

boundaries within which decisions

and when this will take place.

to educate and provide tools

will be made, leading to clearer

Not only will this manage the

to prepare each generation to

and more rational decisions. This

expectations of future generations,

successfully handle the wealth. •

means that investment decisions

but it will also guide and control

will be more objective, even during

the ongoing preservation of the

periods of market disruption when

assets. You can decide how much

future generations not being good



It is equally important that

First published in MoneyMarketing, February 2019





hanges to the income tax laws in March 2019 allow members who emigrate

before they reach retirement date more flexibility to withdraw their retirement funds when they leave the country. There are a number of ways people leave South Africa

Pensioners may have their retirement income paid to them in the country of residence

to live in another country: entitled to have a pension paid 1. Citizens of South Africa and

extended to members of pension

to him or her in the country of

preservation funds. (Provident

permanent residents qualify

emigration. However, a fund

preservation fund members

to officially emigrate. Certain

member, before electing to draw

are allowed to withdraw the full

emigration allowances are

a pension, might prefer to take the

permitted to be taken out the

pension benefit in cash. If a person

country. On emigration, one

was a member of an employer

ceases to be a ‘country resident’

pension or provident fund before

emigrating, a withdrawal benefit

of South Africa.

normal retirement age and decides

of the full lump is not permitted

to emigrate, the member may

and the member may only retire

merely leaves South Africa to

withdraw his or her benefit. There

from age 55. Advice from the

live in another country but does

is no restriction. A member of a

exchange control department of

not officially emigrate, pending

retirement annuity fund (RAF) is

your bank as well as a financial

approval by the South African

not usually allowed to withdraw

adviser should be obtained

Reserve Bank, that person is still

from an RAF before age 55, and

before a decision to withdraw is

considered a ‘country resident’

on retirement is only permitted

made. There are tax implications

and does not qualify for the

one third of the benefit in cash.

and the tax payable might differ

emigration allowances. That

The rest must be used to buy a

depending on the timing of the

person will continue to qualify

pension. An exception applies

withdrawal and where you are tax

for the investment allowances

if a member officially emigrates

resident at the time of withdrawal.

afforded to ‘country residents’.

or the member relocates on the

It is important to note that this

expiry of a temporary resident

does not apply to pensioners who

temporary visas to live in South

visa. In this case, the member may

are already drawing a pension or

Africa do not qualify to emigrate

withdraw the full capital amount.

annuity income. Pensioners may

because they were never

Currently, a member of a pension

have their retirement income

citizens or permanent residents.

preservation fund is allowed

paid to them in the country of

However, they are usually

one right of withdrawal before

residence but may not access the

allowed to take their funds out

retirement. However, from 1 March

underlying capital. •

when they leave South Africa.

2019, the emigration benefit that

A member who emigrates is

applies to RAF members has been

2. If a citizen or permanent resident

3. Temporary residents who have


By Jenny Gordon, Head: Retail Legal, Alexander Forbes


amount in cash). If a citizen or permanent resident relocates without

First published in MoneyMarketing, January 2019

Health …



t’s easy as you get older, and your health and independence start taking a knock, to allow

negativity to inform you approach to life. Doing so can impact your relationships with family and friends and have a profound effect

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow

– Helen Keller

on your physical and mental wellbeing. Staying positive, however, comes with a host of benefits – and there’s research to prove it.



According to WebMD.com, “When

A 2018 study by the Yale School of

grateful, your mind and body

Public Health found that seniors

respond in kind. People with a

who held positive beliefs about

rosier outlook live longer and have

growing older were less likely to

fewer heart attacks and depression

develop dementia. Interestingly,

than more negative people.”

you choose to be optimistic and

even those who were genetically

While society often focuses on

at a greater risk of developing the

the negative aspects of aging, there

disease were almost 50% less likely

is plenty to be positive about in old

to develop it than those who held

age. Here are some of the pluses –

negative beliefs about growing old.

perhaps give some thought to what you can add to this list?


• The many life lessons you’ve

A study conducted at Trinity

• The wisdom you’ve gained as a

College in Dublin found that approaching old age with a negative attitude led to physical and cognitive decline. Conversely, those who approached it with a positive attitude saw an improvement in their cognitive ability. 40


learnt over the years. result of those lessons. • Being able to spend your time any way you like. • Making fewer mistakes thanks to the experience you’ve gained. • Spending quality time with your friends, family and community.•

How can you adopt and maintain a positive attitude in later life?

1 Approaching each day with a positive attitude is MAKE IT A CHOICE

often a conscious decision. But like anything you start – and stick to – the good news is that being positive eventually becomes your default setting.

2 Research shows that appreciating the good in your PRACTICE GRATITUDE

life can have positive emotional and interpersonal effects. So, make a list of everyone and everything you’re grateful for and take a few moments to reflect on them each day.

3 Spending too much time alone with your thoughts ENGAGE YOUR COMMUNITY

can open the door to negative thoughts and feelings. Instead, surround yourself with positive people and let their positivity rub off on you. If you’re part of a retirement village or community, share a cup of coffee or a meal with a friend or neighbour, join in a card game, or get together with fellow villagers around shared hobbies and interests.

Sources: yale.edu, psychologytoday.com This article is published courtesy of Evergreen Lifestyle Villages. www.evergreenlifestyle.co.za




“The way our bodies metabolise,

over-the-counter medication

and the way our bodies

or process, medicine changes as we

or herbal remedies. However,

react to them change

get older and often senior citizens

these types of non-prescription

throughout our lives. Just as

are more sensitive to the effects of

health aids may affect the way

there are particular precautions

medication. The liver and kidney

our bodies respond to prescribed

for medicine use in children, a

function may be impaired, which

medication and also carry a risk

healthcare practitioner should

can lead to an increased level of

for interactions,” she adds.

give careful consideration to the

bioavailability of a drug, leading

safety and efficacy of medication

to normal drug doses having

potential for ‘natural’ supplements

prescribed to senior citizens.

potentially toxic effects. This can

and even foods to interfere with

he effects of medication

“As we grow older, the likelihood of developing chronic

also lead to an increased risk of medication interactions and more

conditions, and

pronounced effects of

hence the need

such interactions,”

for chronic

Potgieter explains.


The training

unfortunately tends to increase. It is estimated that up to 40% of all prescriptions for medication worldwide

pharmacists receive equips them to identify the types of medication that are likely to have adverse effects if used together. However, it is the

According to Potgieter, the

prescription medication should not be underestimated, as the examples below demonstrate.

• Calcium in dairy products can reduce the effectiveness of certain antibiotics. • Green leafy vegetables with a high vitamin K content, such as spinach and Romaine lettuce, may impact blood-thinning properties of Warfarin. • Ginger, garlic and cranberry

are for senior citizens,” says

responsibility of an individual’s

can also interact with

Gerda Potgieter, fund manager at

treating doctor to consider the

Warfarin, and may lead to

Medipost Pharmacy.

medical history and other relevant

“The good news is that today many of these conditions, once diagnosed, can be effectively

factors of their patient when prescribing medication. “Sometimes people use over-

managed with prescribed

the-counter medication in the hope


that their ailment will be cured.

Chronic medicine may be

bruising or bleeding. • Grapefruit can affect the way the body processes some medications, including blood pressure medicine. • Liquorice may interfere with

However, these drugs can have

the beneficial effects of certain

prescribed for conditions such as

the effect of masking symptoms,

heart medication or increase

diabetes, high cholesterol and high

resulting in a delay in the person

the risk of toxic effects.

blood pressure, among others. If

consulting a medical professional

these conditions are not adequately

about the underlying cause of their

controlled through consistent

symptoms,” she says.

and correct use of prescribed

“Many people do not even

medications, such conditions may

think of telling their doctor or

result in serious complications.

pharmacist that they are taking



Continued …

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later years.

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life stage.

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someone you hate? On the other

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• Ask yourself if you are getting enough

needs just a bit of healthy distance

individual space. If not, negotiate with your

in order to be exciting.

partner to develop at least some of your own



up as the cause is almost certainly a medical condition or depression. • Try fantasising to kickstart your desire. If you’re short of ideas, read erotic books or watch a sexy video. • Update your sexual technique. Needs change, and what turned you on a few years ago may not turn you on now. • First published in Pharmacy Magazine, November 2018






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JACK GINSBERG CENTRE FOR BOOK ARTS OPENING EXHIBITION This remarkable exhibition celebrates the opening of a new centre for books at WAM as collector and philanthropist Jack Ginsberg donates his collection, which is unrivalled in Africa and in the southern hemisphere. The Great Wall, Shirley Sharoff (1991) Edition: #54/65

triangular book; a movable


What are artists’ books, you

book; a round book; a glass

might ask? Quite simply, they’re a

book; a metre-wide pop-up

specific type of artwork in the form

book; a 10-metre-long folding book

of books, rather than books about

– these are a few of Johannesburg

art. Ginsberg began collecting in this

art collector and philanthropist

field in the early 1970s, almost from

Jack Ginsberg’s favourite things.

the inception of this contemporary

They will be on display until

art form. His collection is unrivalled

6 July in two exhibitions at Wits

in Africa and in the southern

Art Museum (WAM) to celebrate the

hemisphere and includes more

opening of the new Jack Ginsberg

than 3 000 artworks, plus a unique

Centre for Book Arts.

archive of an additional 3 000 items on the history and development of the book art genre. Ginsberg recently donated his world-renowned collection to WAM, to make it accessible to future generations of students and researchers. A dedicated centre has been established at WAM to accommodate the collection, and this exhibition celebrates the opening of this magnificent addition to WAM’s archive. One of Ginsberg’s many legacies has been the encouragement and support for South African book arts, and these account for




WHO ARE AFRICA’S MOST ‘VALIDATED’ CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS? A new report identifies 50 artists consistently valued by Africa’s tastemakers.

almost 400 examples in the collection. Also present are precursors to and landmarks in the founding of the book arts form. There are movable books,

Top 20 curators over a decade-

pop-up books, fold-out books

long period, they’ve come up

and different forms of scrolls.

with an objective list of artists

Shaped books and non-paper

who have consistently been

books, zines and broadsides are

valued by this elite group.

also included. Works by wellknown international artists better known for other genres

The report, titled Genesis, Kudzanai Chuirai (2016) Courtesy Goodman Gallery

The Top 50 Artists & the Top 20 Curators who Validated

Kara Walker. A large proportion


“contemporary African art”. But

than one of these

of books in the collection are by

Africa is a large continent, and

high-flying curators.

women artists. Popular culture

no one can presume to have

is also well represented through

in-depth knowledge of art from

the realm of art, given

graphic novels and comics.

each African country. Lists of

that its value, whether

The collection will offer

“important” African artists to

fiscal or cultural, relies

insight and inspiration to

“watch now” tend to rely largely

on such uncertain

typographers, graphic and

on the opinions of a single author,

qualities as individual

book designers, paper makers,

dealer, advisor or gallerist, so are

taste, perception,

bookbinders, etc., but perhaps

subjective and incomplete, to say

fashion and insider or

most breath-taking, the

the least.

specialist knowledge.

of artmaking include Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Ed Ruscha and

collection speaks to the human

Them, features artists

he biggest buzzword

who have repeatedly

in the art world at the

been selected for

moment must surely be

exhibitions by more

But now a Cape Town-based

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a novel approach in identifying

Arts Opening Exhibition runs until

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6 July, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am

By tracking and studying the

to 4pm. •

exhibition practices of Africa’s

Validation is vital in

Continued …

Mask, Pascale Marthine Tayou (2016) Courtesy Galerie Continua




Revealing the consensus on the most important artists by Africa’s most recognised curators offers some solid opinion in the sea of uncertainty that swirls around the continent’s art ecosystems. Few might not be surprised



If there’s one show you have to see this autumn, it’s the “killer hit musical” Chicago

George Osodi (Nigeria), Kudzanai


surrounded by the razzle dazzle of the

song after another, including Razzle

Chuirai (Zimbabwe) and Tracey

world’s sexiest musical returns to the

Dazzle, Cell Block Tango and Mister

Rose – the South African artist who

stage in Johannesburg!

Cellophane. And of course, at the centre

to learn that South Africa’s Zanele Muholi tops the list. Other artists with a preference for the photographic medium, such as

nightclub singer, a double-

exploitation, adultery and treachery

murderess, a smooth-talking

– universal themes the entire world

lawyer and a cell block of sin

is drawn to. It has one show-stopping

has been selected to create a work

A multi-talented all-South African

for the country’s national pavilion

cast has been touring around the world

sensational dancing and sharply

at this year’s Venice Biennale – are

with the award-winning Broadway and

sophisticated sets you’ll ever see,

among the artists who have been

West End musical Chicago since last year,

incorporating a live orchestra.

repeatedly validated. •

starting in New Zealand, then heading

production are leads Samantha Peo

Africa in January, ahead of the South

(Cabaret, West Side Story, Strictly Come

African leg of the tour that started in

Dancing) now in the role of Velma Kelly

Cape Town in March. Originally staged

and Ilse Klink (Mamma Mia!, Show Boat,

in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2005

Isidingo) plays Matron Mama Morton

and again, owing to popular demand,

for the third South African season.

in 2008, Chicago is one of this country’s

Craig Urbani (Sound of Music, Rock of

most successful theatre productions.

Ages, Scandal) reprises the role of the

of being the longest-running musical reopened there in November 1996.

2019. Booking is open at Computicket. •

written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a journalist from the Chicago Tribune who had covered the sensational trials of two



Chicago will be at Montecasino’s Teatro in Johannesburg from 20 April to 26 May

was based on a 1926 Broadway play

*The report contains seven tiers of validated artists.

devious lawyer, Billy Flynn.

revival in Broadway history, after it (It was originally created in 1975 and

Tier 1: Zanele Muholi (South Africa) Tier 2: Bili Bidjocka (Cameroon), Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria), George Osodi (Nigeria) Tier 3: Kada Attia (Algeria), Kudzanai Chuirai (Zimbabwe)

Back for the South African

to China before returning to South

Worldwide, it has the distinction


of it all is some of the sexiest, most

women, both of whom were accused of killing their lovers while under the influence of drink and jazz.) From the opening line to curtain close, there’s nothing like Chicago on stage. It has everything that makes Broadway and the West End great. It has an enticing tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence,




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NEW LOCAL BOOKS Our selection of new books focusses on South African fiction and non-fiction, all with a taste of local history (and natural history) and how its stories are woven into individual human lives.




photography ever published. In

marrying indigenous knowledge

Award-winning filmmaker and

the process of creating this book,

with marine biology and paleo-

avid naturalist Craig Foster and

Craig and Ross discovered new

science. Sea Change is more than an

writer Ross Frylinck spent eight

species, and photographed many

amazing exploration of the ocean

years exploring the secret life of an

amazing animal behaviours for

– it goes on to consider humanity’s

almost unknown ecosystem: the

the first time, including some

deepest connections to the ocean,

beautiful kelp forest of Southern

amazing sequences featured

introducing a new theory on the

Africa. Sea Change takes you on an

in the BBC’s Blue Planet II. Craig

world’s first human divers. It also

evocative journey through this

also devised the world’s first

becomes a gripping, personal story

unique sea forest as Craig and

underwater tracking method,

about how what Craig and Ross

Ross dive into it almost every day,

drawing on his many years

found in the wild transformed

in the process amassing the most

studying with master San bushmen

their lives, and the healing power

extensive collection of sea forest

trackers in the Kalahari, and

of wilderness.


BOOKS THE ZULUS OF NEW YORK The new novel from Zakes Mda, author of the novels Ways of Dying and The Heart of Redness, among many others, is a work of historical fiction that draws on the true history of ‘Farini’s Friendly Zulus’, a group of men who were taken to Britain and then to America as performing curiosities. The novel opens in 1885 in wintry New York City as Mpiyezintombi, simply called EmPee by the English-speakers, loses more than his name in this far-off


foreign country. He is seen as little more than a freak-show act – though he is not kept in a cage like the beautiful Dinka Princess, with her gold-painted papier-mâché crown and fur cape. For EmPee, it is love at first sight, but the caged woman is not free to love anyone back: she is the property of Monsieur Duval, proprietor of Duval Ethnological Expositions. And so begins one of Zakes Mda’s most striking stories, one that depicts terrible historical injustices and indignities, while at the same time celebrating the vigour and ingenuity of the creative spirit, and the transformative power of love.


The experience broke his heart,


Louis Botha, the first prime

as many of the rebels were old

The new novel from one of South Africa’s

minister of the Union of South

Anglo-Boer War comrades. At

best fiction writers, Ivan Vladislavić, tells the

Africa, was a brilliant Boer

Versailles in 1919, representing

tale of a Pretoria schoolboy who falls in love

general who won significant

South Africa, he pleaded

with Muhammad Ali in the spring of 1970.

victories over the British in the

unsuccessfully for magnanimity

He begins to collect cuttings about his hero

early stages of the Anglo-Boer War. When the


towards a

from the newspapers, an obsession that


grows into a ragged archive of scrapbooks.


Forty years later, when he has become a

weight of British


writer, these scrapbooks both insist on and

arms eventually


obscure a book about his boyhood. He turns


Botha and

to his brother Branko, a sound editor, for help

the Boers, Botha

Smuts operated

with recovering their shared past. But can a

and Jan Smuts

as a double act

story ever belong equally to two people? Is


before Botha’s

this a brotherly collaboration or a battle for

peace between

untimely death

supremacy? This is an intricate puzzle of a

English and

in August

book by a writer of lyrical power and formal

Afrikaner and

1919. Richard

inventiveness. Against a spectacular backdrop,

led the four

Steyn’s recent

the heyday of the greatest

South African

books, Jan

showman of them all,

colonies into

Smuts: Unafraid

Vladislavić unfolds a

Union in 1910.

of Greatness

small, fragmentary

Botha was a

and Churchill

story of family life and

big-hearted and generous man

and Smuts: The Friendship, have

the limits of language.

in his dealings with all. In 1914,

won him a loyal readership. In

Meaning comes into

he had to put down an Afrikaner

Louis Botha: A Man Apart, he again

view in the spaces

rebellion over the Union’s

masterfully brings to life a great

between then and now,

participation in the Great War.

South African.

growing up and growing


old, speaking out and keeping silent. •




HILLSIDE VIEW This Cape Town family home, with interiors by local design studio ARRCC, is a tour de force of vibrant colour inspired by the owners’ collection of art. PHOTOGRAPHY GREG COX TEXT TRACY LYNN CHEMALY


ucked away in a leafy

varied art collection, we were able

two-tone suede sofa, angular rug

suburb in Cape Town

to create spaces that allow for a

and organically shaped side table.

stands a statement-making

dynamic dialogue between the

The scene sets a welcome sense of

home – not only for the modern,

artworks and furnishings,” says

repose that carries through to the

glass-fronted architecture but also

ARRCC director Mark Rielly.

rest of the home. “Materiality is just

for its vibrant interiors. For local

This is immediately apparent

as much a feature in this area,” says

design studio ARRCC, who executed

in the expansive, marbled

ARRCC designer Quintin Gilman,

the project, it was the homeowner’s

entrance hall of this Jenny Mills

pointing to the architect’s vision

affinity for colour – and a multitude

Architecture-designed home,

for the staircase leading down to

of materials – that informed the

where the brightly coloured,

the basement level. “Crema Marfil

creative journey. “By working

geometric Emmemobili Arlequin C

marble, glass balustrades with

with the homeowner’s wide and

cabinet is complemented by a

brass cladding, and dark-stained



Below Teal cushions and green ceramic side tables by Paola Navone for Baxter in the informal lounge continue the aquamarine theme of the rug. Around the fireplace, the Gloob armchair and Lean on Me standing lamp are from OKHA.


In the entrance hall, an Emmemobili Arlequin C cabinet is complemented by a two-tone suede sofa.

timber all create unique textures in this stairwell,” he says. On the staircase wall, laser-cut, coatedsteel cladding was added and then back-lit for dramatic effect. Colour is the focus in the informal lounge, where a marineblue rug grounds the layout, while teal cushions and green ceramic side tables by Paola Navone for Baxter continue the aquamarine theme. Chevron-patterned Missoni

Top right The cigar room cum wine cellar features a barrel-vaulted ceiling, with board-formed concrete finish, Stix coffee table by OKHA and luxurious leather armchairs. Right The formal lounge on the ground floor features an ivory-toned Flex Form L-shaped sofa paired with OKHA’s signature Curator sofa, a striking blue rug and artworks by Andrzej Urbanski.

fabric in sorbet hues covers two ottomans, breaking the blocks

showstopper paintings – to be

entertainment area. Its fireplace,

of colour and adding a touch of

the main attraction. An ebonised

barbecue and pizza oven make

playfulness to this family room

French oak table and brass-edged

for effortless alfresco sessions,

and, upping the ante even further,

black leather dining chairs by

enjoyed under the dappled

a custom-designed DJ booth in

Henge are presided over by the

sunlight that passes through the

dark and light grey tones means

driftwood-shaped Tape Light, also

slatted timber roof. The cool grey

music is always part of the living

by Henge. Wood panelling on the

of the concrete floor slabs has

experience. Around the fireplace,

walls adds to the deep familiar feel

been heightened using concrete

the Gloob armchair and Lean on Me

within this mealtime gathering

and natural stone panel blocks

standing lamp by designer Adam

spot. The kitchen, which links to

fitted onto the darker charcoal-

Court of bespoke furniture studio

the dining area via sliding pocket

coloured feature wall. Evenings

OKHA adds to the juxtaposition of

timber doors, is characterised by

are presented in an ambient glow,

forms – their whiteness tossing an

a granite-and-wood counter and

with some of these sand-blasted

element of cool crispness into the

a selection of OKHA barstools,

travertines and pre-cast concrete

friendly interior. Colourful balloon-

including the Faye, Frank and

features backlit, creating a subtly

like glass vases from OKHA’s

Neo – made of steel, wood and

moody effect. This textured

curated accessories collection

leather – and customised in tan

aesthetic manifests in the plaited

further embrace the elegant play of

and grey tones to suit the kitchen’s

armchairs too, with their weaving

colourful form.

neutral palette.

patterns relating to the spiralling

The adjacent dining room

The covered terrace overlooking

is pared back by comparison,

the lawn-lined swimming pool

allowing materials – and

becomes a natural extension of the

forms found on the dyed cerise, turquoise and grey cushions Continued …




Clockwise from top left The main guest bedroom features Graffito wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler and OKHA’s geometric Rayon table lamps in stainless steel.

dotted around this space. Creating

form and material and has its round

a transition point between this area

shape mimicked in the circular

and the circular six-seater outdoor

rug, creating a focal point under the

dining table, a suspended sofa

arched overhead hang.

swings gently in the breeze –

While artificial lighting sets

a reminder that this is a home to

the mood in these two rooms, it

be enjoyed.

is sunlight that brings the formal

On days that call for indoor

lounge on the ground floor to

A private working space is furnished with John Vogel’s Time Stood Still writing desk for Southern Guild and a green-blue polycarbonate Ella swivel chair by EDRA. The children’s bedrooms feature bold primary colours and paintsplashed walls, with playful elements such as hammocks and bucket stools.

sliding-door façade, incorporating the sky and garden into the room’s visual language. Upstairs, the bedrooms are an exercise in high-energy decorating, as per the homeowner’s brief. “The children’s bedrooms feature bold primary colours and paint-splashed walls, with playful elements such as hammocks and bucket stools adding youthful freshness,” says ARRCC designer Sarika Jacobs. More grown-up, yet equally charming, the main guest bedroom continues the home’s pattern play through its Graffito wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler and custom designed rug, which create imaginative shapes through their free-flow lines. OKHA’s geometric

hibernation, the family cinema

life. Here, a predominantly white

Rayon table lamps in stainless

on the basement level beckons.

interior is highlighted by an ivory-

steel elegantly flank the bed. A

Fitted with a profusion of comfy

toned Flex Form L-shaped sofa

private working space furnished

grey recliners, sofas and daybeds,

and paired with OKHA’s signature

with John Vogel’s Time Stood Still

it invites full-day movie fests. The

Curator sofa. A contemporary take

writing desk for Southern Guild

cigar room cum wine cellar is

on a chaise longue, the Curator

and green-blue polycarbonate Ella

equally enticing, its barrel-vaulted

sofa’s geometric curves lead the eye

swivel chair by EDRA overlook

ceiling, with board-formed concrete

to a striking blue rug and up to the

the balcony and garden beyond,

finish, amplifying the cocooning,

trippy artworks by shape-master

while the en-suite bathroom

otherworldly feeling of the space.

artist Andrzej Urbanski of Everard

also enjoys this panorama, its

The Stix coffee table by OKHA is an

Read gallery, which pick up on the

wall-length mirror reflecting the

extension of the barrel ceiling in

colours viewed through the glass

mountainside sunlight. •




In the informal lounge, a marine-blue rug grounds the layout, while chevron-patterned Missoni fabric cover two ottomans, breaking the blocks of colour. In the adjacent dining room, a Tape Light by Henge hangs above an ebonised French oak table and brass-edged black leather dining chairs, also by Henge.

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success story. It is an environmentalist’s dream. The products, which include a wide range of tableware, art glass and ornamental African animals, are all handmade from 100% recycled glass! It is not surprising that Ngwenya Glass, run by husband-and-wife team Chas and Cathy Prettejohn, has become one of Southern Africa’s major eco-friendly handcraft producers! Ngwenya Glass is proudly recycling approximately 12 tons of recycled glass per month. They use over one ton of waste newspaper as a very effective packaging material, reuse grey water and have 50 000-litre rainwater catchments for factory use. They also use approximately 10 500 litres pm of purified old engine oil and KFC oil to fuel their furnaces. (Did you know that one litre of oil can pollute one million litres of water?)

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Ngwenya Glass has installed 550 solar panels that subsidises 40% of their electricity usage. They have, for the past 30 years, paid a percentage of their worldwide sales to the Mkhaya Game Reserve (refuge for endangered species in the Lowveld of Swaziland). They also support numerous orphanages and charities in Swaziland and South Africa and have an active HIV/AIDS policy and program. Ngwenya Glass also pays a monthly salary to a counsellor who councils abused children,

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ool weather and long

happy yellows and deep sapphire

nights, winter normally

blues for a sophisticated space. To

calls for beefy stews,

add an industrial touch, she says,

delicious glasses of red wine and

“Mix screed floors and exposed

farewell to the exercise regime.

brick walls with high-gloss

While wine and stew still get the

finishes and modern furniture for

thumbs up, this winter is all about

an eclectic look.”

energetic and warm colours. This year’s winter colour

For a textured urban feel, combine powerful Bovine with

trends combine cool industrial

mysterious Dark Onyx and vivid

greys with warm primary colours

Red Flame for drama with a playful

such as sunny yellow, rich blue

edge. An artful take is created by

and robust red. Plascon Head of

choosing contemporary Silver

Decorative Marketing, Katlego

with petrol green Golf Greens and

Kondlo, says, “This clever

cobalt Pristine Blue. “This soft

combination of industrial motifs

and approachable colour scheme

and splashes of colour are set

is suitable for either a home or an

against a cool, concrete backdrop

office and creates a soothing space

to give this palette undeniable

that hums with productivity and

energy, especially during the

harmony,” Katlego explains.

winter months.” Ashley Maclachlan, owner and

These colour combinations work well with the latest colour-

interior designer at Urban Create

blocking trend, which sees

in KwaZulu-Natal, recommends

blocks of colour painted on walls

starting with a grey tone for a

in the space of art and other

neutral base and adding vibrant

décor accessories. •




RESURRECTING ‘FORGOTTEN’ INGREDIENTS Earlier this year, Wolfgat in Paternoster, of all places, was named Restaurant of the Year, the top accolade at the international World Restaurant Awards. Glenneis Kriel spoke to chef Kobus van der Merwe about the journey behind this culinary hit.

editor of Eat Out, which in turn rekindled my passion for the art of fine dining. So, when my parents bought Oep ve Koep, I saw it as an opportunity to break out of the mediocrity of everyday city life and do my own thing.

der Merwe gave up his job



as a web editor nine years

After school, I entered a two-


ago to help his retired parents

year diploma programme at the

When starting out at Oep ve Koep,

open their own bistro, Oep ve

Institute of Culinary Arts, one of

I wanted to give visitors a truly

Koep, in Paternoster on the West

the top chef schools in the world.

unique Sandveld experience.

Coast. Since then, he has opened

At that stage I wanted to be

his own restaurant, Wolfgat, which

a musician, so I quit the

has been ranked among the top

course after the first

10 restaurants in the country

year and went to

in the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-

London where I

Benz Awards, and walked away

did administrative

and create food

with the S. Pellegrino and Acqua

work for British

that celebrated

Panna Chef of the Year title, which

Telecom. On my

the unique

recognises an innovative chef who

return, I decided

biodiversity of

is pushing the boundaries and

to rather do media

the West Coast.

making a notable contribution

studies because

to the South African restaurant

I also enjoyed

scene. Then, he scooped both

writing, and career

the Off-Map Destination award

prospects in this field

as well as the overall world’s

seemed more promising.

Restaurant of the Year category at

My journalism career started

the inaugural World Restaurant

out with me writing classical

cave, became available, as I felt

Awards held in Paris in February.

music reviews for Die Burger as a

the cave would enhance the

freelancer, after which I became

eating experience by making

employed as a copywriter for a

people more aware of their roots

travel website, where I got some

and nature. Oep ve Koep is still

exposure to HTML coding. This

open. The two restaurants are

paved the way to my job as web

complementary, with Wolfgat

ired of city life, Kobus van



Oep ve Koep gave me the platform to experiment with veld-harvested food, test out some traditional recipes

After seven years, I felt ready to take this endeavour to the next level and was fortunate when Wolfgat, perched on top of the Wolfgat


being more of a fine dining

of many interesting botanists and

experience and building on the

anthropologists since I started,

success of Oep ve Koep.

and they have exposed me to many more crops and traditional


cooking methods.

The idea of foraging food became we started Oep ve Koep, with the


restaurant Noma in Denmark

Oep ve Koep has a bakery, tasting

becoming especially famous for

room and serves traditional

it. I, however, went on this journey

breakfasts as well as meals

because it was something I grew

throughout the day. But at Wolfgat

up with and felt passionate about.

we have a seven-course set

food. We only have the capacity to

My grandmother on my mother’s

menu. The menu is based on the

accommodate 24 people at a time,

side used to make us seaweed

seasonal availability of ingredients

which offers a good balance in

jelly, while my grandfather on

and the meal generally lasts for up

terms of sustainable harvesting of

my dad’s side used to harvest all

to three-and-a-half hours. Wolfgat

the ingredients.

kinds of veldkos, such as Eland’s

is open for lunch and dinner over

fig and Koekemakranka. We

weekends, but only lunch during

grew up with C. Louis Leipoldt’s

the week. The slower pace during


Kos vir die Kenner cookbook,

the week gives me time to harvest

The fact that we are offering a

which uses veldkos and foraged

and experiment with the cooking

unique eating experience is both

ingredients in many of its recipes.

and the growing of some of the

a competitive advantage and

My journey was more part of a

ingredients used in our menu.

disadvantage, since not everybody

collective reawakening to these

Reservations have to be made in

is open to the new tastes, flavours

foods than part of a new trend.

advance for catering purposes,

and textural experiences we offer.

My path has crossed with those

and to prevent the wastage of

trendy around the same time as

Continued …





We have had to put a lot of effort


into persuading people to trust

Richard Carstens taught me while

us and at least try the food

I was at the Institute for Culinary

when we started out. This has

Arts and has become one of my

definitely become easier now

greatest inspirations. He is like a

that we have built a reputation.

walking encyclopaedia, filled with

Even so, it definitely is not

all kinds of intellectual knowledge

everybody’s cup of tea.

of food, cooking techniques and cooking from different cultures.



fashionable, with bookings

Don’t look at what is happening

becoming fuller and our wine list

overseas. Let our rich food

has become more sophisticated,

heritage inspire you to create your

which helps to better complement

own path and then specialise in

the dishes on offer. I am still

that field.

working with the same six started out, with everybody


helping with everything from

Most visitors come this way

the cooking to serving and

during the summer holiday when

cleaning. Being involved in the

it is dry and hot, so one of my

whole food preparation process

goals is to raise awareness of the

means that everyone is able

beauty of the West Coast during

to talk to customers about our

the winter when the region is

unique dishes.

transformed into lush green.

employees with whom I have



Most of the guest houses also have fireplaces, so it is a nice and cosy place to spend a winter break. • This article originally appeared in the 7 February edition of finweek. 




ogau Seshoene founded

show entitled Cooks For Life. Her

The Lazy Makoti in

book The Lazy Makoti’s Guide To The

2014 after leaving

Kitchen, published by Quivertree

the corporate world to focus on

Publications, continues with her

her love for food. What began

mission to promote the role of

as lessons for a friend, a bride-

food in maintaining South African

to-be who was afraid of being

culture and heritage, and finding

labelled “the lazy makoti” (the lazy

easier and healthier ways to

daughter-in-law), evolved into a

prepare African and South African

business, and inspired its name.

cuisine. We bring you a fabulous

Through The Lazy Makoti, Mogau

Sunday lunch spread she calls

offers a series of cooking classes.

Seven Colours.

She also hosted a season of a TV


SEVEN COLOURS (FABULOUS SUNDAY LUNCH FAVOURITES) Sunday mornings are much the same in many South African homes – men and boys in formal jackets and shoes; women and girls in dresses and heels, brows on fleek; enticing aromas coming from the kitchen as Mama adds final touches to the Sunday lunch before everyone leaves for church. Mama’s been up since the crack of dawn preparing the meal because who knows what time church will end. The pastor says his sermon will be short this week, but we all know it never is. Two hours later, stomachs begin to rumble, and there’s still praise and worship to get through. Meanwhile, “Seven Colours” is calling – that special festive meal that’s never complete without butternut and creamed spinach. To give your meal an edge, I wanted to share a different way for you to serve these favourites. 68


Hasselback-style potato bake SERVES 8

Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine oil and


melted butter, and use to brush the inside


of a casserole dish. Carefully arrange the sliced potatoes, on their sides, in a spiral

• 6 - 8 medium potatoes, thinly and evenly sliced

pattern all around the inside of the dish. Brush with more of the butter mix.

• 1 tbsp olive oil

Pour over the chicken stock and sprinkle

• 2 tbsp butter, melted

with some rosemary and salt.

• 1 cup chicken stock

Roast the potatoes for 1 hour,

• A sprig of rosemary, chopped

or until tender and crisp.

• Salt

Whisk lemon juice and zest into the

• 1 cup cream

cream and pour over the potatoes.

• 1 tsp lemon juice and zest

Bake for another 10 minutes.


Southern baked chicken Ah, the converted Southern fried chicken. This is the same chicken that gets served to only the pastors and VIPs at weddings and family events, the chicken you look forward to on Sunday after church, and it never disappoints. I decided to bake it instead of the normal deep frying we are used to, so that it isn’t as oily but just as finger-licking good. Enjoy! SERVES 6 – 8 PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR • 6 - 8 chicken pieces (drumsticks and thighs)  • ½ cup flour  • 1 tbsp paprika  • Salt and pepper, to taste  • ½ cup bread crumbs  • 2 eggs  • 4 tbsp milk • ½ cup butter Preheat oven to 180°C. In a shallow plate or bowl, mix flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Place bread crumbs in another shallow plate or bowl. Beat eggs and milk in yet another bowl. Coat chicken piece by piece in the flour mixture, shake off excess. Dip in the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs, until all pieces are well coated.  Place the butter in a baking dish. Add chicken and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the skin is crispy. Turn chicken pieces over and bake for another 30 minutes. Check


• ½ medium onion,

Rinse rice in a bowl, then drain. Place rice

finely chopped

and water in a medium-sized pot and cook

• ½ red pepper, finely chopped

that the chicken is cooked thoroughly

• 2 cups long-grain rice

by piercing the centre of the thickest

• 2 cups water

piece. Steam should be released and

• Oil, for frying

any juices running out should be clear,

• 1 ½ tsp turmeric powder

not pink. Remove from oven and drain

• 1 tsp curry powder

• ½ yellow pepper, finely chopped • ½ green pepper, finely chopped • 1 tsp garlic, minced

over a medium heat until light and fluffy. Meanwhile, heat oil in a pan, add the turmeric and curry powder and fry onion, peppers and garlic. Add the pepper mixture to the rice halfway through the cooking process. Combine well so rice is properly coated.

on paper towels. SILVER DIGEST // AUTUMN 2019



Sticky pork belly SERVES 6 PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES + SEVERAL HOURS/OVERNIGHT TO MARINATE COOKING TIME: 4 HOURS • Pork belly, size of your choice MARINADE OR GLAZE • ¼ cup hoisin sauce • ¼ cup soy sauce • ¼ cup honey

PRO TIP: Get a piece of meat that is uniform in thickness so it cooks evenly.

• 2 tbsp rice vinegar • 2 tbsp red chilli, finely minced • 1 ½ tsp BBQ spice • ½ tsp black pepper • 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated • Fresh thyme, for garnish Place pork belly in a zip-lock bag. Mix together all marinade ingredients and pour over pork belly. Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for several hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 180°C. Remove pork belly from zip-lock bag and reserve marinade. Place pork belly on a roasting rack and roast for three to four hours. To check if pork is cooked, pierce with a fork – it should glide in easily. Pour marinade into a small saucepan. Simmer on low heat until the glaze thickens. Every 20 minutes, brush layers of glaze onto meat during last hour of roasting to intensify flavour. Once cooked, remove meat from the oven and allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving. Garnish with thyme.

Creamed spinach stuffed butternut SERVES 6

• 1 cup cream

sauté onions and garlic. Add the


• 1 cup cheese (Gouda/

spinach and nutmeg, and stir


and season with salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cut

Scoop the spinach into the

• Salt and pepper

butternuts in half lengthwise.

butternut halves and sprinkle

• Oil, for frying

Scoop out seeds and scrape

with cheese. Roast in the oven

• ½ onion, finely chopped

out a bit of the flesh, leaving

for 40 to 50 minutes (depending

• 1 tbsp garlic, minced

a generous border all the way

on thickness of butternut), or

• 4 cups freshly

round. Sprinkle each half with

until the flesh is very tender when

salt and pepper.

pierced with a fork.

Heat oil on medium high and

Serve immediately.

chopped spinach


until wilted. Stir in the cream

• 3 medium-sized butternuts

• ½ tsp nutmeg 70

Parmesan/Cheddar), grated


Sunday peach and passion fruit trifle SERVES 6

Prepare jelly as per packet


directions and chill until set. Arrange slices of Swiss roll

• 85 g packet cherry-

on the bottom and along the

flavoured jelly

sides of a serving bowl. Spoon

• Swiss roll, sliced

half of the jelly over the Swiss

• 2 x 250g dessert cream

roll. Pour over some cream,

• 2 tins peaches

and layer half of the peaches

• 2 cups ready-made

and some custard on top.


Next layer: remaining

• Pulp of 4 passion fruits (granadillas) • Mint, for garnish

jelly and cream, half of the passion-fruit pulp and remaining custard. Top with remaining peaches and a generous drizzle of passion-fruit pulp. Garnish with mint.

The Lazy Makoti’s Guide To The Kitchen (Quivertree) is available from most good book stores and online at Loot.co.za and Takealot.com •




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ELECTRIC CAR FROM JAGUAR Could the new Jaguar I-PACE be the car that makes an everyday electric car a reality?


f you’ve been curious about the

in around 12 hours, ideal for

idea of fully electric vehicles

overnight charging.

(EVs), but uncertain about their

It’s also encouraging to know

practicality as real, everyday cars,

that the I-PACE was designed from

the latest addition from Jaguar

the outset as an electric vehicle,

might just be the development

rather than being a converted

you’ve been looking for.

internal combustion vehicle. It can

Not only does Jaguar claim a

go from zero to 100km/h in just 4.8

range of up to 470km from a single

seconds, which is pretty quick, and

charge – which is significantly

the electric motors’ lack of lag adds

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SA until now – but, in a first for SA,

performance. The battery is placed

it has launched along with a rapid

centrally between the two axles, and

public charging network called the

as low down as possible, so there’s

Jaguar Powerway. This network

perfect 50:50 weight distribution

of chargers has been placed at

and a low centre of gravity, which

shopping centres nationwide,

also helps to deliver agile handling

along common inter-city routes

and a comfortable ride.

and at every Jaguar Land Rover

Being designed from scratch as

dealership in South Africa. They

an EV means the sleek, coupe-like

can top up your batteries to 80%

silhouette and short, low bonnet

capacity in 72 minutes or less (time

have their roots in the electric

for a lingering lunch on a long

drivetrain and architecture that

journey) or, if you need something

underpin the I-PACE. While a mid-

quicker, they can give you a 100km

sized SUV, I-PACE’s cab-forward

top-up in just 20 minutes.

design and EV powertrain means it

For everyday recharging,

has an interior space comparable

the Jaguar I-PACE comes with

to large SUVs – another spin-off of

a universal “occasional use”

being fully electric.

charging cable, compatible with

The Jaguar I-PACE is certainly

regular household sockets, which

a sign of where EVs are taking

takes 24 hours to charge up to

us, but more importantly, it’s a

100%. For an extra R25 000,

sign that EVs are here, now, and

you can install a wall box home

it finally makes practical sense to

charger, which does the same

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