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MAY / JUN 2018





Haig Club Clubman 6


Diary 14


FOOD & DRINK Eat. Drink. Indulge 36 Chef Interview 40





The It List 34

Hot and Happening 10

Shopping Guide For Mom and Dad

The Mother of all Treats

Nightlife In The City



Frills The Way 22

Must-Do Holiday – Fishing


Rayn Keys 30

Old Meets New At The Old Rectory Hotel



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MOTORING Review: Honda Civic Type-R


MONEY MATTERS Give Your Kids A Head Start

Models: Tarryn Tailor Photographer: Higor Bastos


PROPERTY Gauteng’s Oldest Residential Suburbs


Sandhurst Property 62

BACK PAGE In The City 64 | 3

Editor in Chief Zara Briner Creative Director Danielle Wright Copy Editor Mark Wasserman Contributors

MOM’S THE WORD If there was one person who believed I could become a writer, it was my mom. As a kid, my favourite school subject was speech and drama, from compiling oral speeches for English, to entering public speaking competitions and putting on my best British accent in school plays, my mom was my biggest supporter of them all. And since Mother’s Day is on the 13th May, it’s only fitting I celebrate her. My mom has taught me so many things, but above all, she has taught me to be kind, caring and considerate of others. She’s taught me that if I want to achieve something in life, I need to work hard to get it. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it hadn’t been for her and her faith in me. She is a formidable force; she is remarkable and she is one in a million. With all that said, Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you to pieces. Our latest issue includes the hottest fashion trends, the best bars in the city for post-work drinks, and the coolest fishing spots the country has to offer. We also feature the highly talented chef, James Diack of Coobs fame and have included a money guide to teach your kids to start saving. Make sure to read up on all things hot and happening in the city and find out which new restaurants have opened their doors. We also chat to the gorgeous Reabetswe Sechoaro about her favourite spots in Joburg and interview fashion designer Ryan Keys.

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o celebrate the arrival of Haig Club Clubman to all News Cafe stores, the outlet hosted an exclusive event at their newly refurbished Sandton branch. What made the night even more thrilling was the arrival of part-owner David Beckham himself, who greeted guests with his usual charm and flair. Other guests included Chris Jatha, GemaĂŠn Taylor, DJ Zinhle and Shashi Naidoo and attendees were entertained by none other than the internationally renowned DJ Black Coffee.



society *

Dumi Gwebu, Phila Mabuza

Tshepi Vundla Amy Eliason, Shashi Naidoo

Lungile Radu, Julie Tshuma

Dimitri Athanasopoulos, Tiro Van Rooyen | 7

Ayanda Nhlapo, Luyanda Madonia, Ricci-Lee Kalish

Vicky Crease Carmel Crouch, Callan Van Aswegen, Lee-Anne Porter

Mihali Black Ndamase Coffee



Julian Bekker, Ravesh Moodley

Cnr Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa 011 325 4340


ELLA GOLDEN HONEYBEE This season is all about winter classics with a twist. Inspired by nature and a Bohemian feel, the Pretty Ballerinas Ella Golden Honeybee loafers boast stitched details with the right amount of personality. These stylish flats feature a pointed toe with a hand embroidered bee detail and will add a touch of edge to your outfit while still remaining fabulously chic. The Ella Golden Honeybee loafers are available at the Pretty Ballerinas flagship store in Hyde Park Corner.


CAVALES Hermés has unveiled a new masterpiece entitled the Arceau. Designed in 1978 by Henri d’Origny, Arceau diverts the design of a classic watch and signals its difference by its asymmetrical lugs. The 36mm and 28mm-diameter models feature an inner bezel ring adorned with an unusual light gem-setting, while 70 or 60 diamonds light up a mother-of-pearl marquetry dial, reproducing the famous ‘Cavales’ equestrian motif. The new 28mm-diameter model also appears adorned in 56 diamonds, this time on its bezel. As sparkling as they are discreet, the Arceau Cavales showcase the skillful expertise of the in-house watchmaking artisans and express the unique Hermès vision of time. Available at selected retailors.

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A keen new take on Super’s most iconic shapes and technology characterise the brand’s new Spring/Summer ’18 cruise collection. Fusing together different aesthetic references that range from fashion forward, oversized styles to functional finishes, the collection anticipates visionary trends for the coming Spring/Summer 2018 season. The collection starts with two of the most iconic super silhouettes – the timeless, bold flat top and iconic rounded Lucia-to be precise, their tuttolente versions, which gives them a brand new sleek metal armor. Available at selected retailors.


LAUNCHES IN SA Polk Audio – the real American speaker – is now available in South Africa, thanks to audio, cinema and home automation specialists, Homemation. The Polk story began in the early 1970s, when a few friends from Johns Hopkins University, with a passion for sound-and music on their mind, set out to capture the wonder of the live concert experience and bring it home. Not only does Polk Audio improve sound quality but it also renders surround sound from one location. Watching movies at home will never be the same again, as the range includes home audio speakers, soundbars, architectural speakers, wireless audio, outdoors and headphones. Call Homemation 011-781 8887 for your nearest stockist, or visit | 11



Bride&Co has just launched their 2018 collection which features brands, Bride&Co, Oleg Cassini and Viola Chan. Bride&Co bridal wear caters for brides looking for soft and whimsical gowns. Oleg Cassini bridal wear offers brides a romantic and elegant look, while Viola Chan’s bridal gowns are more edgy and sexy while still remaining classy. The 2018 collection also sees the launch of all new evening wear styles from these brands as part of their social occasions offering. As for the men, Eurosuit has you covered with suits to buy or hire. Whether you’re looking for suitable corporate wear or work attire, attending a red-carpet event, or a special occasion, Eurosuit offers a wide range of styles.


ROCK BLOSSOMS BLING Rock Blossoms is a collection of jewellery inspired by the Plumeria flower. Designed by local jeweller, Vivek Parshotam, the collection includes colourful semi-precious and precious stones to create a harmony that is one with nature and has a distinct sparkle designed to match a woman’s inner spirit. This stunning collection is available exclusively at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Morningside.

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Bulgari plays with spellbinding shapes and colours for its Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection. Geometric and abstract forms that make these luxuriant leathers sing by using a palette of stripes, sculptural forms, distinctive nuances, contrasting textures and touches of pop. Consumed by the stripe effect? Look no further than the timeless Serpenti Forever. To be worn across the body, over the shoulder or by hand – thanks to its versatile leather handle – it can be paired with any outfit. Available at the Bvlgari store in Sandton City.


This season is all about oversized coats, fur collared jackets and black LBD’s, and with Lipsy’s new collection you’ll be the envy of women everywhere in these statement pieces. And if you’re looking for a party outfit or something for a night on the town, then look no further because their latest collection also includes lace embroidered bodycon dresses with PU leather, floral details and frills. Available at the Lipsy store in Rosebank Mall. | 13


2018 WEDDING TREND SHOWCASE 20 th MAY The most anticipated event in every bride’s calendar. Join By Word of Mouth (voted Johannesburg’s Best Caterer for 18 consecutive years in a row) for their 4th annual Wedding Trend Showcase at the Polo Room on Sunday, the 20th of May. Not only will the Wedding Trend Showcase exhibit the latest in wedding trends and culinary delights, but also re-create these trends in an elegant, timeless manner with elements that will appeal to every bride. A curation of 13 internationally inspired wedding décor designs; 6 bespoke wedding cakes as well as an exquisite display of tailor-made menu choices. Attendees can indulge in By Word of Mouth’s extraordinary tasting stations and wine bar as they make their choices for their own wedding day. The Polo Room, 1 Forrest Road, Inanda club, Sandton at 10:30am till 3:30pm. Tickets are at R220 per person. To book your tickets email or phone 011 553 7600.

DYNAMO 11TH–13TH MAY Take a drive to Pretoria’s Sun Arena @Time Square, Menlyn Maine Dynamo’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ Live SA Tour. The award-winning magician is famous for numerous mind-blowing acts including, walking on water across the river Thames, levitating in front of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and walking down the outside of the L.A. Times building. Watch as Dynamo spreads his magic on stage as he shapes modern magic for the millennial generation. Tickets available at Computicket.

MTN BUSHFIRE 2018 25 TH–27 TH MAY MTN Bushfire, named Africa’s Top Festival by the BBC, and known as one of the most inclusive and diverse festivals in the world, is entering its 2nd decade with its commitment to the arts, the environment, and social change. Taking place at MTN Bushfire - House on Fire in Swaziland over the weekend of the 25th May, the annual festival promises to be better than ever. Some of the artists set to perform include Alice Phoebe Lou (South Africa), Tlale Makhene (Swaziland) and Dub Inc (France). MTN Bushfire is a three-day event filled with arts, rich culture, crafts and delicious food and promises to be an experience to remember. Tickets available at

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JUNE LEXUS PROUDLY PRESENTS – CLASSICS 2018 9TH JUNE The musical spectacular Classics, presented by Lexus, returns to Pretoria this June at the Sun Arena in Menlyn Maine for one night only and this year audiences can look forward to a tour de force of hits through the ages – from Bon Jovi to Andrew Lloyd Webber, The Lion King to The Greatest Showman. If you’re a fan of timeless classics from hit bands like ABBA, Queen or Elton John, then this is the show for you. To book your tickets visit Computicket.

SOWETO INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 14TH–17 TH JUNE Calling all jazz lovers! The Soweto International Jazz Festival is taking place in June at the Soweto Theatre Precinct, Corner Bolani Link and Bolani Road. This two-day festival will not only highlight Soweto’s cultural currency, but will also include music, arts, entertainment, food and luxury accommodation and aims to drive awareness to the region to attract local and international fans. Tickets available at





The popular Tops at Spar Wine Show is back this June at Montecasino and promises to be the best one yet. Showcasing some of South Africa’s finest and most loved wines and bubbly, the show will run from Thursday 7th June until Saturday 9th at the outdoor event area. General access tickets cost R160 while the weekend pass is R250 and entitles you to entrance for the weekend, a tasting glass per day as well as a show guide per day. So be sure to book your tickets and celebrate our local wines. Tickets available at

Another fun outing for the entire family, Disney on Ice returns this June at the Ticketpro Dome with their latest show entitled, Dream Big. Presented by local promoter, Showtime Management, witness the empowering tales of Disney’s most loved leading ladies, Cinderella, Ariel, Belle and Princess Jasmine as they embark on incredible adventures to make all their dreams come true. Tickets available at Computicket. | 15

ELEGANCE PERSONIFIED Look no further than The Polo Room for the event of your dreams!

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food & drink | advertorial *


Since opening its doors in 2014, The Polo Room at the Inanda Club has

the By Word Of Mouth team, you will be able to completely customise your

secured its spot as one of Johannesburg’s most sought-after venues – and

event, catering for any kosher or halaal needs and ensuring nothing but

it’s easy to see why. With its beautiful setting overlooking the flawless polo

happy guests.

fields together with the backdrop of Sandton, there simply isn’t a more perfect setting in the city for any event, whether corporate or private.

When it comes to décor, their highly skilled team – who regularly travel to fabulous international events for inspiration – will ensure that your exact

From sophisticated soirées and big birthday bashes to fabulous fundraisers

vision will be realised, and probably elevated to a level you could only

and wondrous weddings, The Polo Room has seen it all, and hosted each

dream of! Everything from flowers to centerpieces, and all the magnificent

and every one of the splendid occasions with effortless elegance. In fact,

details in between, will really make your event come to life – and the stress

with their team of experts on hand to take care of the details from décor to

of all the planning will be taken off your hands.

food and everything in between, you won’t have to lift a finger. The Polo Room can host up to 1 000 guests standing and 400 guests The talented and extremely professional team at By Word Of Mouth are

seated and has ample secure parking.

the exclusive caterers to The Polo Room, which not only ensures that guests receive the highest quality, freshest and most delectable meals, but

The Polo Room, together with By Word Of Mouth strive to continuously

since they have years of experience in hospitality, the team – headed by

remain on top of their game, mixing timeless elegance and chic trends to

founder Karen Short – will run your event from start to finish with seamless

bring guests events they will be talking about for years to come.

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Swarovski Gabriella Pearl Pierced Earrings, White, Rhodium Plating

English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround™ Diffuser

Crystal Decanter


gift guide

Shower mom with all love (and one of these amazing Mother’s Day gift ideas) this year!

Poetry - Leave Me Alone with the Recipes cook book

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Country Road Nolan Gold 16 Piece Cutlery Set

gift guide | mothers day *

Bvlgari Handbag

Earth Warrior Cork and natural rubber yoga mat Coco Mademoiselle Perfume Intense Chanel

Pink Gin Treat

Bellabeat Leaf Nature Silver Health Tracker | 19

Whiskey & Spirit Stones, Set of 9

Fitbit Versa Special Edition


gift guide

Osprey Raptor 10 Hydro Pack

Father’s Day is around the corner this June, so why not treat your dad to one of these exciting gifts and let him know how much he is appreciated

Gopro Hero 6 Black Full HD Action Camera

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gift guide | fathers day *

Parrot Bebop 2 Power FPV Pack (Black)

Norman - Tan ALDO

Bose Sound Sport Free Wireless Headphones - Midnight Blue

Lattissima Touch Automatic Espresso Machine with Integrated Milk Frother | 21

Lace Frill Dusty Pink Top and Diane Paris Suede Cream Dress


FRILLS THE WAY This Autumn season is all about bodysuits, faux fur and girly, romantic frills that will flatter your figure

Gold and Black V neck Bodysuit with Velvet Black Stripe Shorts. Opposite Page: Gold and Cream Turtleneck with Lauren Pink Stripe Pant

Silk Bow Tie Cream Blouse. Opposite Page: Diana wearing Cashmere Wool Sleeveless black Vest with Silk Green Blouse and Tarryn is wearing Emerald Green Guipiure fitted dress

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Tarryn wearing Navy Silk Dress with Janette high waist pants. Opposire Page: Tarryn wearing faux fur hooded vet and Diana is wearing Catherina Cashmere Faux fur Black Coat.


Models: Diana Pengilly and Tarryn Tailor Photographer: Higor Bastos

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THE RISE OF RYAN KEYS The fashion designer has gone from strength to strength building his empire. He’s launched a capsule collection with actress Enhle Mbali and partnered with Dove.


yan Keys always knew he would be a designer from a young age. Growing up in Bryanston, Johannesburg, it was his love of photography that catapulted him into the fashion world. He even interned for a few fashion houses at the tender age of 14. He went on to further his fashion studies at the Spero Villioti Elite Design Academy, qualifying top of his class, and then attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York City. Fast forward to today, Ryan Keys has established a successful name for himself within the industry. Having opened his first haute couture store, Keys Fashion in Parkhurst, in May 2014, Ryan has secured another prime position with his new based store in Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre. His gorgeous dresses are the envy of many. So much so, they’ve been worn by politicians and famous A-list celebrities like Bonang Matheba, Minnie Dlamini and Khanyi Mbau. And who can blame them for choosing Ryan as their preferred stylist? When it comes to haute couture, Ryan’s passion is fueled by his desire to design exquisite, stylish and detailed garments. He sources the best materials and embroideries from all over the world in his quest to create masterpieces that are unique as well as timeless. “The Ryan Keys customer is a lady who knows who she is and is not afraid to stand out,” explains Ryan, adding, “She wants a beautiful garment made by exquisite fabrics and wants something tailored perfectly to her body.” Since last year, Ryan has launched his first ever men’s collection, showcasing an underwear, swimwear and gym wear collection at October’s SA Fashion Week, and describes his style of

menswear as ultra sports luxe. He has also collaborated with Black Coffee’s wife and actress Enhle Mbali on a capsule collection, adding that she is exactly the type of woman he always wanted to work with. “I met her just before her wedding through my publicist and she is an absolute dream. There aren’t many celebrities I can say are willing to bend over backwards for someone. Not many people know Enhle is a designer by trade. She has the vision, she’s sexy, she’s cute, she inspires me to work harder and I wanted to push the boundaries with her because of what an incredible woman she is.” Most recently, Ryan teamed up with Dove this past April during this year’s SAFW Spring/Summer ’18 and put Dove Invisible Dry to the ultimate test on haute couture worn by his models, as they got runway ready. The collaboration stressed the importance of using Dove Invisible Dry to ensure care was taken while handling the garments. Speaking about the alignment, Ryan says, “Dove wants to celebrate colour, colour that hasn’t faded due to sweat stains, and what better way than to do so than to create the first antiperspirant that is invisible on colour,” adding, “Whilst it provides 48-hour protection, it doesn’t leave any marks on clothes and contains all the goodness of Dove including its unique ¼ moisturing cream, to give you soft, smooth beautiful underarms, which is why I chose to partner with Dove for my latest collection.” So, what’s next on the agenda for Ryan? Apart from keeping himself busy, he still has dreams to open up a few more couture stores across South Africa and expand his brand abroad. But for now, Ryan continues to remain one of the top fashion designers in the country. | 31

THE MOTHER OF ALL TREATS Show your mom you are her biggest fan this Mother’s Day with a spa day spoil. After all, if anyone deserves a pampering session, it’s the mother-figure in your life, so why not book her in at one of these top-notch spas for a magical experience.

By Tamlyn Cumings

Mowana Spa For a true escape, Mowana Spa in Fourways is most certainly the place to go. Tranquil gardens, a beautiful, serene atmosphere and the chance of embarking on a ‘pamper journey’ make this the ideal spoil for your mom, and she will undoubtedly feel rejuvenated, relaxed and utterly spoilt after her session here. Anything from a facial to a manicure/pedicure is sure to be a delightful experience, but they are known for their fabulous pamper journeys said to revive the senses, rejuvenate the body and soothe the soul. Choose from their range of half- or full-day journeys or go all out and spoil mom with an overnight option. All pamper journeys include welcome drinks, a delicious meal or two – depending on how long your treatment is – and access to the lovely facilities. With everything from hot stone massages, to head, neck and shoulder massages (and everything in between), you are sure to find the exact treatment your mom will love for her special day.

For current specials and more information visit, or phone 011-840-6780 to make a reservation.

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Spa at Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff The epitome of luxury, pampering and indulgence is what you can expect from the magnificent Spa at Four Seasons Hotel the Westcliff. The chic modern setting and stunning views over Johannesburg, together with the five-star service guarantees that this will be a day that your mom will never forget. Before treatment, unwind in the Après Spa – the city’s only outdoor spa lounge – where you can take in the setting, sip on some bubbly and snack on a range of delicious treats. The list of treatments available are endless, with the opportunity to customise your experience. They offer a Spa Suite Moments package, which allows you to enjoy your treatments in a suite for two, where you will get a body scrub, a detoxifying and soothing body mask and a Hydra Éclat skin treatment, resulting in glowing, youthful skin. Specially for Mother’s Day, the Spa will have two Balinese therapists from their sister resort in Jimbaran Bay offering authentic Balinese spa treatments. End off your day enjoying cocktails at their urban-chic restaurant, Flames.

For additional information on treatments, visit, or call 011-481-6000 to make a reservation or customise a package.

Mount Grace Spa Just outside Johannesburg in the Magaliesburg sits the beautiful Mount Grace Hotel, and right at the top of the landscape is their superb spa, the perfect place to send your leading lady to completely relax and unwind. Begin any session with a 30-min hydrotherapy journey to truly awaken the senses; the sound floatation pool is a unique experience, and a great way to kick off a day of pampering. You’ll most likely have trouble when it comes to selecting your treatment, as everything on the menu is ideal; from body-wrap experiences and a range of massages to fabulous facials, relaxation and pampering is the name of the game. There are also a number of packages to select from, as well as a threehour Mother’s Day package on offer, which includes a hot stone massage, Africology facial and pedi-peel, as well as access to all the spa facilities, bottomless sparkling wine and a delicious lunch. End off the day relaxing in their magnificent Jacuzzi – pure and utter bliss.

For more information and treatment lists, visit and select Mount Grace, or call 014-577-5600. | 33



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SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment

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Looking for the best skincare products that reduce

fine lines and sun spots? Then look no further than this list of our favourite top serums that will ensure your

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Filorga Meso + Absolute Anti-Ageing Serum

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skin is wrinkle-free, silky and smooth.

Biomedical Emporium Collagen Serum


Nimue Anti-Ageing Eye Cream


Mesoestetic Collagen 360° Essence

Eat. Drink.



Your guide to the latest restaurants, bars and culinary delights in Joburg

36 Saxon Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton After 13 years at the Saxon, Chef Candice Philip will be at the helm of Grei, the new fine-dining restaurant at the Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa in Sandhurst. Centred around a palate of grey tones, Grei, which has taken over Luke Dale Roberts x The Saxon, promises to be a vivid burst of colour for local and international food lovers. Grei, which loosely translates from Portuguese as “a society of people”


will blend together Chef Candice’s love of unusual pairings, her passion for herbaceous flavours and her signature style of intricately-plated dishes. The bold menu will be available as a six-course dining experience, paired with a combination of international and local wines. There will also be a non-alcoholic pairing option as well as vegetarian- and pescatarian-suited menus. Grei will be open Tuesday to Saturday from 18h30. Reservations are essential.


3-5 Lower Road, Morningside Central, Sandton

Talented chef Coco Reinarhz is at it again with his latest culinary venture, Epicure restaurant. Situated in Morningside, Epicure boasts 160 seats including terraced tables, a 40-seater private dining room and a lush lawn perfect for picnics. Expect superb service, modern décor and exquisite food as Chef Reinarhz takes you on an epic food journey throughout Africa with African-inspired dishes that is sure to excite those taste buds. Think Egyptian dukha-spiced rib eye beef steak with bulgur wheat and roasted aubergine baba ganoush; South African style grilled venison loin with biltong butter and sweet potato wedges and Senegalese-inspired tuna loin on rice complimented by an okra and tamarind sauce. As for dessert? There’s Zanzibar-style vermicelli with rum and raisin ice cream and chocolate, ginger and chilli mousse to name a few.

THE LONELY HEARTS CLUB 9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg Owners of Hell’s Kitchen and La Santa Muerte have opened their third spot on Melville’s popular Seventh Street. With a menu comprising of Spanish-inspired tapas, dishes at The Lonely Hearts Club include grilled artichoke hearts, fire-roasted prawns with garlic, chilli, basil and coconut, crispy squid heads with burnt brandy and lime butter sauce and lamb meatballs in a tomato ragout. Their bar, a separate outbuilding is kitted with Chesterfield couches, chandeliers and red theatre curtains, making it the perfect spot for a drink after dinner. (082 267 1293) | 37


52 Hobart Road, Bryanston


As if we couldn’t get enough of the Rockets in Bryanston, they’ve just given us another reason to love them with the launch of their breakfast menu. There’s really something for everyone here as breakfast options include the Bircher muesli, avo smash or the berry smoothie bowl, while heartier dishes include the eggs benedict, sweet corn fritters, savoury waffle and the chorizo frittata. For those looking for something a bit sweeter, give their pancake stack or brioche French toast a try!



7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg Chef James Diack’s The Federal in Melville has recently undergone a complete makeover to become a rustic pizzeria called La Stalla. The pizzeria will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 7 until 10, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. A range of farm-fresh breakfasts will be available, and for lunch and dinner, guests can choose between a selection of small plates, pizza options, roasted chicken and fresh salads. Dessert is, simply, gelato, and who isn’t a fan of gelato? (010 900 4876)

FARRO 204 Oxford Road, Illovo, Sandton Farro in Illovo is a quaint new modern European eatery that serves delicious tapas style plates and excellent wine. Headed by husband and wife team Alex and Eloise Windebank, Farro is casual, chic and totally unpretentious. Some of the tantalising dishes on the menu include spicy pork and fennel meatballs, fishcakes with a lemon mayonnaise, poached trout served with a crispy egg and cured cucumber as well as crispy beef shin, white beans and green sauce. Dessert options include a chocolate brownie with banana ice cream and salted caramel or almond cake with quince and bay leaf ice cream. Open for lunches and dinners from Mondays to Saturdays. (071 618 4352)

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TRENDY, ELEGANT, AND Dining at the InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers The Atrium restaurant offers guests the opportunity to experience fine dining and superbly attentive service. Thanks to Chef Chad Bowman, the hotel’s Atrium restaurant now has one menu featuring a range of international styles and flavours - from international to authentic African cuisine - that will impress the most discerning and well-travelled palate.

The Atrium is the perfect venue for a special lunch or if you are in need some time away from the hustle and bustle.

To make a reservation call +27 (0)11 780 5555 or email

JUST JAMES James Diack’s name is synonymous with some of the best food in the country. Not only has he worked with other formidable cooks, but he is also chef and owner of four incredible eateries in Joburg Coobs, The National, Il Contadino and La Stalla.


rowing up on a farm, James was taught the basic skills by his mom, Janet, who always made sure there was something on the stove. But it wasn’t until he arrived at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch that he realised his place was in the kitchen. Since then he has found himself working under Bruce Robertson at The Showroom Café in Stellenbosch as well as pastry chef Nicolas van der Walt, who previously served as executive pastry chef at the Saxon Boutique Hotel. James is passionate about sustainability and provenance. In fact, almost every element of every dish comes from Brightside Farm – his family farm in Magaliesburg. And it was his food pilgrimage in Spain that led James to pursue a farm-to-table approach. When James is at home he usually cooks a risotto, but his ultimate pastime is to spend an entire day slow-braising something for family and friends. “I think it’s the art of completing a dish,” says James, adding, “At work, everyone works on a different element and I plate it, but at home, I can cook a whole dish from start to finish.”

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food & drink | chef’s interview *

WILD BOAR RAGU WITH PAPPARDELLE Serves: 8, Cooking Time: 3 hours

Method • Pour the flour and semolina onto a flat, clean surface and make a well in the middle of it. Crack the duck eggs into the centre of the well and slowly start combining with the flour and semolina into a stiff dough. Knead the dough until it is solid and smooth. Wrap in plastic and allow it to rest on the side. • Take your cleaned leeks, celery and carrots and finely chop them. Place the chopped vegetables in the pressure cooker to sweat off until almost cooked. Remove from the cooker and set aside. • Brown the wild boar in the cooker and add the tomatoes. • Add the vegetables and mix together. Deglaze with the red wine. Add the rosemary, basil and stock and then place the lid of the cooker on. • Cook at high pressure until the meat and stock cook into a thick stew.

To roll out the pasta: Cut off a piece of dough of about 100g (this is per portion). Dust in flour and slowly start to roll the piece through the pasta machine. Adjust the setting once at a time, rolling through and through each time. Keep rolling it through the pasta roller until the last setting – this will ensure it’s suitably thin. Place the rolled dough onto a clean, floured surface and cut the pappardelle into pieces about two-fingers’ width thick (make sure they are very well dusted in flour otherwise they will stick). Place the pappardelle in boiling salted water and cook until al dente.

Serving: Mix the pappardelle through the sauce and plate into warm bowl. Crumble with freshly shaved parmesan.


2 litres of stock


350ml of red wine

1kg Wild boar goulash


8 Fresh plum tomatoes

3 Duck eggs

Handful of basil

750g cake flour

A bunch of leeks

200g Semolina

Half a bunch of celery

(An additional 100g cake flour for rolling)

2 Carrots

For plating:

3 Springs of rosemary

150g Parmesan shavings

Cook’s notes Two pieces of equipment are needed for this dish – a pasta roller and a pressure cooker. For the ingredients, make sure you choose good quality cuts of meat, and organic fresh vegetables. At Coobs, all of our ingredients are seasonal and come directly off our farm, Brightside in the Magaliesburg. The freshness of the ingredients – and knowing exactly where they come from, make the dishes even more delicious. | 41

NIGHTLIFE IN THE CITY If you’re looking for a cool place to spend your night out in Joburg or simply searching a great spot for post work drinks, then look no further, because we’ve rounded up our favourite bars to visit:

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CHURCHILLS One of the first cigar and lounge bars to hit Joburg, Churchills takes inspiration from an upmarket British eatery and is a classy and sophisticated hangout spot in Melrose Arch. Offering an array of some of the finest cigars in the world, an assortment of snack platters that include fruits and cheeses, live music, and some of the largest selections of single malts, whiskies and Champagnes in the country, Churchills never fails to disappoint.

Shop 52HL, Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose Boulevard, Melrose North

ROCKETS LOLITA'S Whether it's a relaxed night out or a celebration venue you're looking for, Lolita’s Bar and Lounge, at Rockets in Bryanston, is the place for you. With a completely separate menu than Rockets' main dining room, Lolita's offers food options from boards to share to meat dishes like pork belly bites, chicken kebabs and prawns wrapped in kataifi pastry. Their drinks menu includes top-of-the-range Champagnes, Methode Cap Classics, South African wines and creative cocktails. 

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COPPER BAR Hidden on a rooftop in Bryanston is Copper Bar, an exclusive night-time and private functions venue. The venue is adorned with wooden benches and chairs scattered with cushions that add to the relaxed setting and offers gorgeous sunset views of the neighbourhood. Their wine list is extensive and they also have a Simply Asia on site with options of noodles and sushi for those who get hungry. The bar is only available to the public on Thursday evenings from 17h30 and bookings are essential as the guest list only accommodates a certain number of people.

Corner Main Office Park, 2 Payne Road, Bryanston,

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011 Dainfern was launched by the same guys that brought us The Baron, only this time they wanted to create an upmarket dining experience that would serve residents living in and around Dainfern. Food options include tasty starters like grilled calamari and chicken livers, open sandwiches, platters, and espetadas, while their drinks menu includes a wide list of craft gin cocktails.

Shop 50 & 51 Dainfern Square Shopping Centre, 2055 Broadacres Drive, Fourways

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MESH CLUB  MESH Club, found on the second floor of the Trumpet building on Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, has become a firm favourite for locals. Come four o’clock the bar opens up to the public and offers some of the best sunset views in Joburg. Designed by award-winning interior architecture company, StudioA, MESH takes the concept of style and structure to new levels. Not only will you dine on delicious tapas, made by the famous David Higgs, chef of Marble restaurant upstairs, but you’ll do so sipping on cocktails like The Graffiti, French 75 and the Cape Haze mixed with Absolut Elyx, lemon juice, cognac and Vin de Constance.

2nd Floor Trumpet On Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank

TONIC Tonic is a gin-infused bar located in Linden that is all the rage at the moment. Not only do they serve a selection of floral and citrus gin-based cocktails, but they also offer a delicious menu of small plates and delicious nibbles. Think pork belly with slaw, beetroot and gin-cured salmon and aurbergine with tahini yoghurt and herbs. As for their famous cocktails? The Spice Club (Ginologist spice gin, pomegranate syrup, lemon, Martini Bianco and lavender aroma) and The Orient (Step 5 Gin, Pimm’s, elderflower syrup, herbal liqueur, coriander, bitters, orange, lemon and tonic water) are firm favourites.

Shop 509, Menal Place, 32 7th Street, Linden.

SIN + TAX  Sin + Tax is Jozi’s best kept secret and a hidden gem for those dining out in Rosebank – purely because not many people know it exists. Tucked away behind Coalition pizzeria, Sin + Tax serves some of the most delicious cocktails in town. The space is incredibly small and intimate and the lighting is dark but their drinks menu changes from season to season. Some of the cocktails you can look forward to sipping on is the Paintbrush, featuring Inverroche Amber, grapefruit juice, MCC and thyme and the classic Negroni. Get there early to avoid disappointment as the venue can only accommodate a limited number of people.

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Whether you’re looking to go on a fishing trip with friends, family or your significant other, you don’t have to say goodbye to a little bit of luxury just because your fishing rod is your best friend. From the bush to a houseboat, there’s a fishing trip just waiting for you. Here’s a round-up of some of South African’s finest fishing holidays. By Tamlyn Cumings | 47

Shayamanzi Luxury Houseboats Pongola, Northern KwaZulu-Natal There’s a good chance the idea of spending your days relaxing on a houseboat has at least crossed your mind, and we couldn’t think of a more perfect way to spend a fishing holiday. Shayamanzi Luxury Houseboats offer the only game-viewing and tiger-fishing houseboats in the country, so you really are in for a spectacular and unique experience. The vast Lake Jozini near Pongola in Northern KwaZulu-Natal is the third largest lake in the country and is an immaculate setting for an unforgettable expedition. In fact, Lake Jozini is also home to tiger fish – a ferocious and aggressive freshwater angling game fish – which makes fishing here an adventure. Your fishing trip will also double up as a game ‘drive’ since the Lake is bordered by the Pongola Nature Reserve and the Pongola Game Reserve. Sightings of everything from giraffe and hippos to elephants and rhinos are by no means few and far between. When you’re not fishing on one of the quiet tender boats, you’ll be back in your home on the water, either relaxing in your room overlooking the lake, in the common lounge area or sitting in the jacuzzi while sipping on a sundowner.

Shayamanzi Luxury Houseboat

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Sani Valley Nature Lodges

Sani Valley Nature Lodges Drakensburg, KwaZulu-Natal

Dundi Lodge Augrabies Falls, Northern Cape

There are few things quite as refreshing for the soul as an escape to

Located near the magnificent Augrabies Falls you’ll find the beautiful Dundi Lodge – the starting point for your tailor-made ‘extreme flyfishing’ trip. This quiet, tranquil venue in the Kalahari offers stylish private suits as well as a stunning manor house with three en-suite bedrooms, as well as fabulous fine dining.

the magnificent Drakensburg mountain range, and Sani Valley Lodge is proof of that. Sani Valley Nature Lodges offers a main lake that is a mere 260 acres in size and boasts brown and rainbow trout that range from 500g to 5.5kg. They also have a trophy dam and two smaller dams – all of which are regularly well-stocked – meaning that your fishing experience will be all kinds of fantastic. Add to that the vast knowledge of the staff and the range of equipment on offer, and you might well be in a fisherman’s paradise. You can choose between self-catering, B&B or dinner, bed and breakfast options in their lovely cottages. For those who aren’t up for fishing, there are other things to do like guided walks, spa treatments and 4x4 trips up the Sani Pass (be sure to bring your passport).

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Not only do you have the Augrabies Falls to visit, but the Orange River will become your playground. Team up with Dundi Lodge’s sister company, Kalahari Outventures, for a fishing trip of a lifetime. While the three- to four-day fishing trips on the Orange River are the most popular, you can go on anything from a one-day outing to a six-day-long trip. The stunning landscapes will undoubtedly bring you newfound appreciation for our country, and you can even plan a trip to Namibia, depending on your length of stay. Or you can opt to move on to Dundi Lodge’s sister lodge, Tutwa Desert Lodge, to end off your holiday with a spectacular bush experience.

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Walkersons Hotel & Spa Dullstroom, Mpumalanga Hailed as the fly-fishing capital of South Africa, Dullstroom is, without a doubt, one of the best trout-fishing spots in the country. You’ll find it difficult to walk around the quaint country town without seeing trout on the menu, a fishing shop every few meters or other fishing enthusiasts. Plus, you’ll also find the five-star Walkersons Hotel & Spa. Walkersons is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, picturesque country settings, luxurious comforts and, most importantly, a number of well-stocked trout dams. In fact, Walkersons itself has 14 dams and small lakes for the exclusive use of their guests, and a range of equipment for hire should you need, as well as highly skilled staff to offer you plenty of tips and tricks to catch those fish. While you can enjoy year-round fishing, July to September are the best months to really receive a top-quality experience. Choose to stay in either the hotel or one of their comfortable cottages. There are also other activities on offer like horse riding, whiskey or gin tasting, and golf. End your day with a scrumptious meal at Walkersons’ Flying Scottsman, headed by an award-winning chef and serving only the finest ingredients.

For more information and prices, visit or call 013-253-7000.

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Kariega Game Reserve Eastern Cape This five-star, Big 5 private game reserve is, quite simply, breathtaking, and the fact that it incorporates two major rivers (the Kariega and the Bushmans) adds an enormous amount of beauty and value… and plenty of fishing opportunities, of course! Guests at any one of their five luxurious lodges can enjoy river fishing on either one of the two rivers, but the ideal choice would be to stay at either Settlers Drift – the luxury tented camp – or River Lodge, which is located right on the edge of the Bushmans River. After your morning game drive, you can climb into a boat or canoe and fish to your heart’s content. The fishing is as excellent as is the setting, and the fact that you might spot some game while sitting with your rod in the water is something you can’t take for granted. Ideal fishing settings, game drives, spacious beautiful suites and idyllic surrounds are rounded off by your delicious dining experiences – all included in your stay. And should you decide a trip to the beach is on the cards, you can simply hop on a boat and head down the river, which also means that deep-sea fishing excursions are something you might want to investigate.

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RECTORY HOTEL Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay is the oldest building in town and newly converted luxury boutique hotel, The Old Rectory. By Zara Briner

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here’s nothing we don’t love about Plettenberg Bay - it’s a quaint, beautiful seaside town on the garden route that features some of the best beaches in the country. And with the new addition of The Old Rectory boutique hotel, there’s now no excuse to put Plett on your bucket list. Dating back to 1777, this stunning structure has been a school, a blacksmith shop and a rectory for the Anglican church over its 240 years. Today, it forms part of Rare Earth’s portfolio collection of beach, bush and country lodges, and, thanks to the restoration by Gabriel Fagan Architects and Dael Fairbairn of Erasmus Fairbairn Architects, takes on a Cape Dutch style – the most loved architectural style in the Western Cape. The Old Rectory has been expanded to include 18 luxuriously modern and comfortable suites, while the original building houses the reception area, the hotel’s exclusive fine-dining restaurant and the bar – all of which include the original yellowwood floors and trusses.

Each suite is stylishly decorated with colourful wall art and kitted with a Nespresso machine, underfloor heating, a gorgeous oversized Victorian bath, open shower and heavenly king-sized bed. In fact, the rooms are so fully equipped with the finest amenities that it makes it hard to leave. For those looking to give the sun and sea a skip, there’s an intimate spa on the property that will cater to your every need. Some of the five-star treatments on offer include Moyo treatments, QMS facials and a starlit Turkish bath facility. Once you’ve relaxed and settled in, be sure to give their fine-dining restaurant a try. Not only are the staff and service impeccable but the food is expertly prepared by their talented head chef and is a burst of tantalising flavours in your mouth. The Old Rectory hotel is a private sanctuary, a hidden gem, located a few metres from the beach, and offers the perfect holiday escape. It is simply sublime. | 53


By Wesley Greybe

Honda South Africa has launched its newest Honda Civic Type-R and is leading the pack as the current most powerful front-wheel drive cars.


here do I start with the new Honda Civic Type-R? It is truly the marmite car of today. I agree, it’s not a car for everybody but it is one of the most brutal and most involved driving cars you can own today. The new Type-R has a 2.0 litre turbo VTEC engine pushing out 228kw and 400nm. Not the most power I know, but all that power is put through the front wheels only, making it the most powerful production front-wheel drive cars right now. Plus, it is only driven through a manual gearbox. Some driving enthusiasts love the fact that it only comes in a manual, yet the majority shunned the Type-R for having three pedals.

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The Type-R is as hard-core as the badge suggests, offering stiffening dampers and very clever front suspension, to help minimise torque steer and a very clever differential that works with the suspension to get the car in the direction you want to go. Paired with an amazing chassis, the Honda Civic Type R set the new front-wheel drive lap record around the all familiar Nurburgring with a blistering 7:43.80 time back in April 2017. That is quicker than some of today’s modern sports cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Ferrari F430, 997 Porsche Turbo, Nissan GTR R35 and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. In saying that, the Type-R has three driving modes now. Sport (default setting),

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comfort and the track focussed +R mode. The +R might be too hard

90 000km service plan. A full maintenance plan is only an extra

for everyday driving, In saying that the Type-R has three driving modes

R25 000 fee for those that want it.

now. Sport mode (default setting), comfort mode and the track focused +R mode. The +R mode might be too hard for everyday driving, while

I recently got to drive a friend’s Type-R as I couldn’t organise a test

the comfort mode is surprisingly, comfortable and softens the Type-R to

drive, and I must say it is a real Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde vehicle. It is one

make it an acceptable car for daily use. The comfort mode is a mode

of the very few cars that made me giggle and really enjoyed driving.

that really softens the Type-R to be a daily run around for those who need to cart the in-laws around without any complaining. Another feature new in the Type-R is the auto blip on down shifts. The engine will match the revs on downshift to keep the car balanced on entering corners. But for those who don’t want the feature and would rather hill and toe, you can deactivate the feature completely. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are available for that seamless integration from phone to car. WhatsApp, music, Maps and many more

It was soft, obnoxious and fun when I wanted it to be. Its spacious, comfortable and, being a Honda, you know it will be reliable. If it’s attention you want, it’s attention you will get in this beast. In my opinion, the Honda Civic Type-R is a fantastic car at its retail price of R635 500 as of April 2018. If you look at competitors within its class, they are priced above the Type-R significantly. I did some investigating to find out people’s reasons for buying other brands and not the Type-R and the general consensus is that they aren’t getting a

features are accessible using Smart Phone integration on the Type-R

chance to drive the car without finance approval, and most dealers don’t

infotainment system. A big plus is the Type-R comes standard with built

have the cars on their showroom floor.

in navigation. The Type-R still has those amazing LED headlamps and keyless entry and keyless start as standard. In fact, the Type-R comes

Having said that, I truly hope Honda South Africa make a plan to

with a lot of spec from the factory that most competitors offer at a fee.

market this car and create awareness around it, because it deserves the

Plus, Honda offer a five year 200 000km warrantee and five year

attention it gets elsewhere all over the world.

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Kids need to be taught about the value and appreciation of money from an early age - how to do this and when to do this is often the question‌

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WHY KIDS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HOW TO WORK WITH MONEY It’s never too early to help your kids develop good financial habits and teach them to practice smart money management. Teaching children the fundamentals about earning and saving, and how to deal with money from an early age, will be extremely beneficial to them in the long run and is essential for their future financial success in adulthood. 

7 THINGS KIDS REALLY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MONEY The concept of money: Parents should teach children that money is a helpful tool that makes it easier to get what we need and want, now and later. “Parents can start teaching children about money through play.

Use different envelopes for long and

You can help them learn this by teaching them the 20-10-70 rule:

short term goals. Let them draw a picture

Save 20% – this will teach them to always pay

want. Help them calculate how much

on the front of the envelopes of what they

themselves first.

to save each week. Keep a realistic time

Give 10% – this teaches them the value of

frame, otherwise they might get

sharing and giving to others who are less

frustrated or bored.

fortunate or to causes they care about. Spend 70% – this teaches them to spend less than they earn, which is the cornerstone of personal finance.

Earnings & Spending (Age 5 - 8)

Have them do different chores in exchange for money.

The difference between needs and wants: Teens have a hard time distinguishing true needs

the money building up over time.

from actual wants. To help teens learn the difference between the two, let them do their own clothes shopping. Determine a shopping

Add their earnings to a jar so they can see

When they shop, let them pay for their items themselves.

budget and create of list of items they need to buy.

Opportunity cost (Age 7 - 11)

Allowing children to role-play scenarios where

Teach them the benefit or value of

they pretend to purchase something is a

The benefits of investing: Between the ages of 8

wonderful way of letting them learn about the

and 12, parents can introduce the concept of

something that must be given up to gain

value of money, how much things cost, how

investing to their children. It’s important

something else.

money works and the importance of counting.

to teach them the money you make can

There are a number of toys on the market

make even more money, if you invest it

that help introduce small children to money,

wisely. Parents should explain that it requires

such as LeapFrog’s Count Along Register for

taking a risk, with the expectation of

ages two years and older. Kids learn quickly,

achieving a return. It’s important to discuss

so it’s never too early to introduce them to

how much risk you should be willing to take

how money works,” says Chiquita Patrizi,

when investing.

Allow your children to price and sell their own items. This will teach them about setting a value for their items, making decisions, and negotiating prices.

Give them R50 and ask them to pick three R20 items they would like to buy.

spokesperson for Prima Toys.

Ask them to choose two items because

The value of working for money:  It is important

The concept of net worth: When your kids are

they can’t afford all three, explain that

that kids learn from a young age that money

teenagers, you can start to explain the

sometimes we need to make financial

doesn’t magically appear, it must be earned.

notion of net worth. In a nutshell, it’s the

Discuss the importance of working for money

difference between total assets – what is

decisions based on the money we have.

and then give kids appropriate paid jobs in

owned, and liabilities – what is owed. Kids

addition to expected household duties. As

need to understand net worth because it’s

Budgeting & Investing (Age 13 - 16+)

they get a little older, encourage them to make

a truer measure of financial health. For

money outside the home by caring for the

example, you could earn a lot of money, but

buy family present. Help them decide

neighbour’s pets or washing cars.

if you also owe a lot of money, you could

how much to spend on each person, and

have a negative net worth.

The importance of saving and sharing: If kids have

money, they’re likely going to want to spend it;


they need to be taught by the time they reach school that it’s not okay to spend all of their

discuss how they can make decisions around choosing items within their budget.

How to save (Age 3-6)

Give them a set amount of money to

Assist your children in opening a bank account and teach them how to manage/

Teach them not to spend money

balance their accounts. This will teach your

naturally, they also need to learn about saving

immediately and that it can be kept for

children how to keep an eye on the bigger

and sharing.

future purchases.

financial picture.

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KENSINGTON AND MODDERFONTEIN Kensington (established in 1897) is one of the oldest suburbs in Johannesburg (and the largest suburb in this city)

historical homes that have beautiful pressed ceilings and wooden floors with many of them boasting sash, dormer and bay windows.

and became popular with the mining

It also hosts a good selection of antique shops

fraternity. It also houses the historic

in Queen Street, where one can buy some

schools of both Jeppe Boys and Girls.

lovely heirlooms”.

David Ingle, Seeff’s MD in Edenvale

Ingle continues that Modderfontein, the former

and Bedfordview, says property here

dynamite factory precinct, was established in

trades well with a wide price differential

1894 to meet the needs of the growing gold

between zones and consists of mostly

mine industry.

freehold homes on a traditional street group pattern. “The average price here is between R700 000 and R2-million. Although this suburb is well placed centrally to

“Not only is it one of Johannesburg’s oldest areas, but also one of the most exciting areas for the future and it is predicted to be one of the hottest investment areas in the next 10 years with Modderfontein as the heart of the

JHB CBD, it has increasingly come

new Johannesburg. 

under pressure over the last 25 years

In Modderfontein, Thornhill Estate and

from surrounding suburbs that lack

Lakeside Village house historical buildings

infrastructure and some of the CBD has

in a modern security estate environment.

spread into the suburb.

Townhouses are priced from around R1-million

Still, it is full of old world SA charm with good value on offer, featuring many

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and luxury homes from R2.3- to R7-million. Herbert Baker buildings abound

and the dynamite factory original employee’s cottages have retained their old world charm and character, with many of them lovingly restored”.

MELVILLE Melville was established in 1896 (only ten years after Johannesburg itself) and was for most of its history a predominantly Afrikaans lower middle-class suburb, which is much different from the last few decades where it has evolved into a Bohemian enclave which is home to many artists and famous South African entertainment personalities.  The basis for the street in the popular soapie “7de Laan”, 7th Street, Melville’s cultural

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and business hub is always alive with

exist. Properties have also received a boost

The streets were laid out to have sight


from the unique development of a shopping

of the Rand Regiments Memorial home

centre made entirely out of shipping

and builders were instructed not to impede

containers which fits Melville’s reputation

the view of the memorial. Street names

for creative expression.

were given old Anglo-Saxon theme and

Chris Hajec, Seeff’s MD for Randburg, and a resident of Melville himsel, says the suburb has a particular attraction to the fiercely loyal

ended in “wold”, like Cotswold, Northwold,

residents who look out for the preservation of

The suburb holds a sentimental pull for many

the character and village like atmosphere of

of its inhabitants and is characterised by

this historic suburb.

people who frequently could afford to live in

“If you love the grand homes of yesteryear, replete with Oregon pine floors, pressed

more expensive communities, but choose to live in Melville”.

tin ceilings and wrap around verandas, you won’t find better examples in as much abundance as Melville.

Saxonwold, Griswold etc. Charles Vining, Seeff’s MD in Sandton, says that since then many of the stately homes built on over 4000m2 meters have been updated and renovated, while some have been subdivided and downsized to


2000m2 meters. These estate-like properties

Saxonwold is situated in what was once the

trees; property is priced at an average sales

Homes in Melville have a wide range of

Sachsenwald Timber Plantation (established

price points dependent on size and condition,

in 1891).

from R1.4-million for a semi to R3.2-million

most often boast rolling lawns and huge old price of between R8- and R12-million. “The Johannesburg Zoo that encompasses

for a fully renovated golden oldie with all

In 1903, Wernher Beit & Co and Max

55 hectares of land is located in Saxonwold

the patina, and like all areas which have

Michaelis gave 200 acres of freehold

and is arguably some of the most valuable

achieved this level of gentrification, there are

ground in the Sachsenwald plantation to

land in the country, but can never be used for

excellent profit margins for bargain hunters

the Johannesburg City Council. This became

residential development as it was zoned for a

willing to roll up their sleeves for those

what we know today as the suburb of

specific purpose, decades ago and can’t ever

renovation opportunities that still


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Elegant, cool thatched home close to The Saxon Hotel on landscaped and terraced half acre with pool. Character abounds at this secure, quiet and private home with northern views. Minutes from Sandton CBD. 4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 2 Garages | 6 Parkings WEB 458 220Â 011 784 1222 | DOUG MCMEEKING 082 549 1248

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IN THE CITY WITH… REABETSWE ‘RAMBI’ SECHOARO The absolutely stunning model and former Miss South Africa 2016 contestant shares her favourite spots around the city.

What is your favourite restaurant in the city? Well I love three restaurants to be honest. Gemelli in Bryanston – they have really great food, great service and an amazing vibe. You feel at home when you are there. Workshop 55 in Parktown North – amazing, amazing, amazing mouth-watering food. DW 11 13 in Dunkeld – the experience is incomparable, the food is absolutely delicious and the service is out of this world.

What is your favourite hotel in the city? I love boutique hotels. My three favourite boutique hotels in Joburg are The Marion on Nicol in Sandton, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa and Atholplace Hotel and Villa in Atholl. All three have very beautiful interior.

What is your favourite bar? The Landmark bar in Bryanston Shopping Centre. The bar has a very cool aesthetic look and feel and has delicious cocktails and drinks.

What is your favourite breakfast spot? Voodoo Lily Cafe in Birdhaven, Illovo. It’s so cute there. I absolutely love the courtyard as well as the food they serve.

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For the love of shopping

Sandton Magazine May/June 2018  

Sandton Magazine is a new lifestyle magazine based in Johannesburg that covers everything from fashion to beauty, food, travel and entertain...

Sandton Magazine May/June 2018  

Sandton Magazine is a new lifestyle magazine based in Johannesburg that covers everything from fashion to beauty, food, travel and entertain...