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Review: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg to unwind is a necessity, not a luxury, and the African Pride Irene Country Lodge offers the perfect venue for much-needed relaxation.

While I enjoy the buzz of Johannesburg, sometimes one just needs a moment of peace. And there is no better way than to do this than switching off your phone and getting out of the city.

The Irene Country Lodge is perfect for a relaxed, peaceful and romantic weekend getaway. Only 30 minutes from Sandton, it has much to offer to a variety of guests.

Looking to spend quality time with your family?…
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Review: African Pride Irene Country Lodge

A taste of Miami at Camps Bay’s South Beach Hotel

On the Camps Bay beachfront on the Atlantic seaboard – which holds the internationally coveted Blue Flag status – where the sounds of the ocean land softly against the ear, the scent of the sea is as crisp as the fresh morning breeze and the views are forever postcard-worthy, lies the South Beach Hotel.

On arrival, an air of simplicity and elegance hangs in this Miami-inspired getaway nestled in Cape Town, with a warm atmosphere that softens the chill in the thick of winter.

The five-star hotel boasts carefully considered and modern finishings, a limited-edition Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe sculpture and art by world-renowned contemporary South African…
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A taste of Miami at Camps Bay’s South Beach Hotel

BOOK REVIEW: Under the Sun by Lottie Moggach (Picador)

When Anna moves to Marea in Spain with her boyfriend, her life seems perfect. After a decade in London, she is ready to set up home in her newly purchased, painstakingly decorated finca and enjoy the warm climate and laid-back lifestyle. Her handsome boyfriend is occasionally moody and complicated – but aren’t all artists? It doesn’t take long, however, before her idyllic life crashes around her.

Before she knows it, her boyfriend has returned to London with little more than a note for explanation, and left Anna alone in their new home feeling homesick and sorry for herself. Despite securing a…
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BOOK REVIEW: Under the Sun by Lottie Moggach (Picador)

Being Chris Hani’s Daughter By Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (Jacana)

For years after her father was slain in the driveway of their home in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, Lindiwe Hani nursed a wish to meet the killers who had upended her happy childhood, made her mother a widow and denied South Africa of a highy regarded politician many believe could have succeeded Mandela as President.

Lindiwe needed closure. After her dad’s loss, she became unhinged as a young adult, descending into a life of marijuana, booze and cocaine.

After kicking her addictions, Lindiwe resolved to own her life story by writing a book. Co-writer and publisher Melinda Ferguson enters the picture….
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Being Chris Hani’s Daughter By Lindiwe Hani & Melinda Ferguson (Jacana)

Q&A with AtholPlace Executive Chef Willie Malherbe

AtholPlace Restaurant is located within the elegant, boutique-styled AtholPlace Hotel & Villa in Sandton. Known for its creativity in food preparation, the restaurant – which extends out onto a beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured lawn and sparkling hotel pool – has fast-established a reputation of being one of the best eateries in the city.

The restaurant is about to launch a new winter menu that promises to continue titillating the taste buds of its discerning clientele. Sawubona caught up with the restaurant’s Executive Chef Willie Malherbe to chat about the ins and outs of the new menu.

When are you launching your winter menu?

In…
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Q&A with AtholPlace Executive Chef Willie Malherbe

Zakifo Music Festival at a glance

Assuming you only stop for fuel, Durban is about a six-hour drive from Johannesburg. We got an early start on Monday morning, as we set off for Zakifo Festival. As a festival first-timer, I was a little underwhelmed by the size of the festival grounds and facilities. The stages were set up next to each other and acts ran back to back without the vacuous “are you ready?” and “thanks to our sponsors” emcee refrains you often have to tolerate at festivals. But when I missed Jojo Abot, whose set was feloniously swapped with Sax Machine’s, I missed having someone announce…
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Zakifo Music Festival at a glance