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RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE

RUNNING FOR HIS LIFE

A BASEBALL cap, a scraggly beard, a pair of sunglasses. Private security on high alert. A bullet-proof car. An escape into the night. It sounds like the makings of a spy movie, yet all this and more went down the day André de Ruyter fled the country with little more than the clothes on his back and a suitcase in his hand. There was so much secrecy and so much tension it almost didn’t feel like real life, a close confidant of the former Eskom CEO says. The source, who’s speaking to YOU on condition of anonymity, says André had no choice but to flee. He’d upset many people in high places following his e.tv interview in February when he’d made astonishing allegations of deep-seated corruption. There’d already been an attempt on his life…

THE WALES WOW FACTOR

IT WAS a day steeped in tradition, grandness and opulence that thrust the new monarch front and centre of the global stage. Yet the coronation did more than herald in the era of King Charles III and Queen Camilla: it drove home another rather important fact. A leader is only as good as the people who support him – and the king has in his corner a couple as shiny and valuable as any diamond in the crown placed on his head on 6 May. The day may have belonged to Charles and the woman he’s loved for so long, but it was hard to tear your eyes away from the Prince and Princess of Wales. They brought the wow factor from the second they stepped from their car onto the rain-soaked…

THE WALES WOW FACTOR

INSIDE AN INBRED FAMILY

AS HE drove down a deserted dirt road he heard what sounded like a dog barking. The barks got louder as he approached an open patch of land with a trailer and a shack. Then came a startling sight. “There are these people walking around and their eyes are going in different directions, and they are barking at us,” photographer Mark Laita recalls. “And then one guy – you would look at him in the eye or say anything and he would just scream and go running away, and his pants would fall around his ankles, and he would go running off and go and kick a garbage can. This would happen over and over. It was the craziest thing I have ever seen.” That was Mark’s first encounter with the Whittaker family,…

INSIDE AN INBRED FAMILY

IN THE NEWS

INSIDE HARRY AND MEGHAN’S ‘CRASH’ Sussexes ridiculed after statement THE Duke and Duchess of Sussex continue to divide public opinion after they claimed to have been in a “near-catastrophic” car chase following their recent appearance at the Women of Vision Awards. The duchess was honoured for her commitment to empowering women and girls worldwide. The royals said they were hounded by “a ring of highly aggressive paparazzi” after they left the awards in Manhattan, New York, resulting in a “relentless pursuit” with “multiple near collisions” that lasted more than two hours. Actress and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg questioned their version, saying the word chase implied that the incident took place at high speed. “If it was possible to have car chases in New York we’d all make it to the theatre on time,” she…

IN THE NEWS
WÁT WAS OP DAAI SKIP?

WÁT WAS OP DAAI SKIP?

‘LANDSBURGERS SOU NIKS GEWEET HET AS DIE VSA NIE IETS GESÊ HET NIE’ TOE die vragskip Lady R op 3 Oktober 2022 uit die Russiese hawe Noworossijsk vaar, het satellietoë haar dadelik begin volg. Die rede? Lady R is op ’n swartlys van skepe wat soms lande aandoen wat deur Amerikaanse sanksies geteiken word. Teen 19 Oktober was sy in die Egiptiese hawe Alexandrië; daarna is sy deur die Straat van Gibraltar en langs die weskus van Afrika af. Sy het die hawens van Togo en Kameroen aangedoen en later Suid-Afrikaanse waters binnegevaar. Toe, vroeg in Desember, verdwyn Lady R eensklaps van die radar af, moontlik nadat haar elektroniese identifikasiestelsels afgeskakel is. Vir die volgende vier dae was sy onsigbaar vir die satelliete – maar nie vir Ben* nie. Want hy het ’n…

ASK DR LOUISE

SHOULD I BREAK MY PROMISE TO MY MOTHER? Q I had a carefree childhood until the onslaught of Covid. My father, who had an excellent, high-paying job, died of the disease and my mother also contracted Covid, which has left her with health problems such as often being fatigued, having breathing difficulties and chronic coughing. The result is that my mother is barely hanging on to her job. She often feels so ill she only just makes it to work and back. I have two siblings and I am the middle child. My big brother left home before the pandemic. At that time he was a graduate, so he is now earning money and lives in his own flat. He is not really aware of how the family’s financial situation has deteriorated and my…

ASK DR LOUISE
THE RAGING AGEING DEBATE

THE RAGING AGEING DEBATE

SHE was the darling of the silver screen, an adorable button-nosed, curly-lipped cutie who made the movies of the ’80s and ’90s that little bit more special. We rooted for her in Sleepless in Seattle, popcorn forgotten as we held our breath to see if she’d finally meet up with Tom Hanks on top of the Empire State Building. We laughed as Kevin Kline led her in a merry dance through sun-dappled Provence in French Kiss. We got choked up when she was an alcoholic mom trying to get her act together in When a Man Loves a Woman. We sobbed and swooned when Nicolas Cage fell for her in City of Angels. And as for that fake orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally – it’s so famous there’s a…

IN THE NEWS

FIVE TAKEOUTS FROM TRUMP’S TOWN HALL 1 He repeated his unfounded claims of election fraud in the 2020 presidential election. 2 He defended his supporters who stormed the Capital in the 6 Jan attacks, saying they “were there with love in their heart”. 3 He declined to say whether he would like to see Russia or Ukraine win the war and refused to call Russian president Vladimir Putin a war criminal. 4 He called Vladimir Putin “a smart guy” and repeated his claim that if he was still president, Putin would never have invaded Ukraine. 5 He defended his keeping of top secret and confidential government documents at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, which is now the subject of a Justice Department probe. TRUMP’S TOWN HALL DISASTER Critics slam former president’s car crash interview THE cameras had barely stopped…

IN THE NEWS

ASK DR LOUISE

HOW CAN I MAKE MY STAFF FEEL APPRECIATED? Q I am the CEO of my own company and I’ve been building up my firm for the past 10 years. The Covid years were difficult for us as a team, but my company survived, thanks to my wonderful staff members who stood by me when things got tough. My company was one of the firms that were essential as we produce products for hospitals and health workers. I’ve tried to thank my staff by improving their salaries and working conditions, but I want to do more. How can I let them know how grateful I am that they stood by me and did not abandon the company when the going got rough? They made big sacrifices – we had to cut salaries initially and extend working…

ASK DR LOUISE
GOD SE PLAN VIR DOMINEE CHARLOTTE

GOD SE PLAN VIR DOMINEE CHARLOTTE

‘EK IS ’n Pretoria-meisie. Ek het in 2000 saam met my ma hier gekom; in die jaar daarna was ek in gr. 1 in Laerskool Pierneef. Ons het in die bediendekamer gebly naby die skool. My ma het in die area gewerk, sodat ons daar kan bly. My ouma was ook ’n huishulp, my hele familie, almal, was huiswerkers gewees. Die mense by wie my ma gewerk het, het later getrek, en ons kon nie saam nie. My ma het toe nie ’n werk nie en ons is na die naaste informal settlement in Phomolong, Extension 6 in Mamelodi. Eers het ons ’n sinkhuisie op ’n jaart gehuur wat ons met ander mense gedeel het. My ma kon eers ’n paar maande later haar eie sinkhuisie kry. Ek het actually die foto vir…

METICULOUS MERCEDES

METICULOUS MERCEDES

WilhelmL_CARmag Petridish_Mooks It is an immaculate space. Being so clear and white in colour, this garage, in its current state, truly allows the cars to shine. Your eyes don’t have a choice but to fully focus on the objects in front of you. Wynand du Toit has collected his cars on a farm in the Overberg over a number of years. “I remember as a child that my father drove Mercedes. He always used to send my mother to the dealership to buy a new car. But it had to be a diesel. So, in the early years it was a 220 diesel, then a 240, followed by two 300 diesel models. She always washed the cars herself, and that was the case until the day she died – she never allowed anyone…

A COVER GIRL AT 81!

HOMEMAKING guru, cookbook writer extraordinaire, hotshot businesswoman, TV star, ex-jailbird . . . she’s been there, done that and got so many T-shirts you’d think there’d be no room in her wardrobe for anything more. But Martha Stewart is going to have to scooch things up a bit because another achievement has indeed come along – although in this case the keepsake is more bathing costume than T-shirt. At the age of 81 she’s the oldest woman in history to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine – and nobody could be more delighted about it than the octogenarian queen of the kitchen herself. When she was asked to be the cover star of the iconic issue she said yes in a heartbeat, she says. “I don’t think about age very much…

A COVER GIRL AT 81!
‘DIS NET ’N PERS*NA’

‘DIS NET ’N PERS*NA’

’NMENS kan verstaan dat dit vir haar – ’n welvarende vrou met ’n luukse leefstyl wat al die wêreld deurkruis het – moeilik moet wees om die woord te lees: “Kommin.” Maar as jy so deur die kykerskommentaar op sosiale media en elders blaai oor die TV-reeks Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande, dan is dit ’n woord wat pal opduik. Anita Lloyd (55) se gedrag en taalgebruik, so sê sommige kykers, is sommer plein kommin. Voor die reeks onlangs begin het, het baie mense gedink die voormalige Mej. Suid-Afrika Amy Kleinhans-Curd, ’n stylvolle en suksesvolle sakevrou, sal die deelnemer wees wat al die aandag trek. Maar nee, Anita was van die begin af die ster van die reeks. In die bemarkingsmateriaal het sy na ’n stylvolle vrou geklink – die eggenoot van die grootbaas by…

BOOST YOUR HEALTH SMARTS

WHICH IS MORE RISKY FOR GERM INTAKE: your cellphone or your toilet seat? The answer: Your phone University of Arizona microbiologists say smartphones have up to 10 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. The reason: Toilets and bathrooms are naturally associated with germs, which mean they get cleaned frequently, but when last did you give your phone the once-over with an antibacterial wipe? Takeaway: Wash your hands thoroughly after you’ve been to the toilet. UK researchers recently found that one in six cellphones is contaminated with faecal matter – and they blame it on poor hand hygiene in the bathroom. Another team of British scientists found that 11 percent of hands contain enough faecal organisms to rival a dirty toilet bowl. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least…

BOOST YOUR HEALTH SMARTS

VARKVEL RED MY LEWE

DIE eerste jare nadat kanker van die rektum by Bertie du Plessis gediagnoseer was, kan hy net met een woord beskryf: “Hel. Dit het fisiek gevoel asof ek in die hel is.” Die een mediese ingryping het op die ander gevolg – operasies, breuke wat in sy maagwand herstel moes word, ’n verstopte kolon wat skoongemaak moes word. Elke keer net ’n tydelike oplossing terwyl die onbeskryflike pyn in sy ingewande voortgeduur het. ’n Mens kan dus so half verstaan dat Bertie ’n punt bereik het waar hy vir enige behandeling sou kans sien, ongeag hoe vreemd. Selfs toe sy dokter met ’n vreemde voorstel na hom kom: om ’n stuk varkvel in sy ingewande oor te plant. Baie mense dink ’n vark is ’n verspotte of selfs onrein dier. Maar Bertie het…

VARKVEL RED MY LEWE
ALL HAIL THE KING!

ALL HAIL THE KING!

‘THE THINGS I HAVE HERE BEFORE PROMISED, I WILL PERFORM AND KEEP, SO HELP ME GOD’ THE CEREMONY It was a service steeped in tradition yet contained many modern twists and nods to the variety of faiths, cultures and beliefs that make up the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, presided over the ceremony, which acknowledged the new monarch’s role as both the head of state and head of the Church of England. Since the late 14th century, coronations have followed instructions laid out in the Liber Regalis or “Royal Book” – a 34-page medieval Latin manuscript that describes the order of service. Kickstarting proceedings was 14-year-old chorister Samuel Strachan, who addressed the king. “Your Majesty, as children of the kingdom of God we welcome you in the name of…

OOR EINDSTREEP MET SIEKTE

MET die eerste 15 km agter die rug kry sy ’n steekpyn in haar sy soos nog nooit tevore nie. Maar sy byt vas. En toe sy die eindstreep van die Twee Oseane-halfmarathon oorsteek, is dit asof sy die kruin van haar persoonlike Everest bereik. “Ek het nooit gedink ek sal eendag 21 km ver kan hardloop nie!” deel die skraal blondekop daarna op Facebook. Want Lize de Villiers (22) het sistiese fibrose, die seldsame chroniese toestand wat die longe, pankreas en immuunstelsel aanval. Dokters het destyds gevrees sy sal nie haar tienerjare haal nie. “Nee wat, om met sistiese fibrose saam te leef is nie ’n doodsvonnis nie,” sê sy vandag by haar ouers, Lorette en Hendrik, se huis op Stellenbosch. “Ek wil elke dag voluit lewe.” Dis hoe sy nog altyd…

OOR EINDSTREEP MET SIEKTE

ROYALTY AND DIGNITARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARRIVE AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY

Regal glamour reigned as royals from around the globe dressed in their finest to witness the coronation. Kings and Crown Princes arrived in military uniform proudly bearing medals, sashes and orders of chivalry, while Queens and Crown Princesses displayed their fashion prowess in colourful ensembles. Traditionally this ceremony has been seen as a ritual sacred to the monarch and the people, with no crowned heads from other countries present – only protectorate rulers such as Queen Salote of Tonga were at Elizabeth II’s 1953 coronation. But setting a modern precedent, a roll call of royalty from far and wide came to honour the King, and the abbey was brimming with friends and relatives from around the world. IN THE PINK Leading the way, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain exuded refinement, with…

ROYALTY AND DIGNITARIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARRIVE AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY

MEISIE VAN DIE PLAAS

DIS dalk net in ’n reeks so uitspattig soos Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande dat ’n mens kan verwag om dít te sien – ’n partytjie om ’n skatryk vrou se egskeiding van ’n jaar tevore te vier. Maar Karen Schwendtke (48) het onderneem om haar hart so wyd soos ’n perdestal oop te gooi; daarom het sy in dié program makietie gehou om die dag toe sy en haar man uitmekaar is – en haar vryheid– te vier. En die partytjie op die wynlandgoed Grande Provence in die Franschhoekvallei was allesbehalwe somber. Daar was ’n koek met ’n man en vrou op wat deur ’n rivier geskei word. Haar mededeelnemer Mariska Thorpe het vir elkeen van die vroue ’n lawwe sonbril gegee met die woorde “2 Sexy 4 My Ex”…

MEISIE VAN DIE PLAAS

LOVE FOR THE AGES

THERE they were on the red carpet, holding hands, sharing loving glances and even stealing a sweet kiss. All very normal behaviour for a madly-in-love celebrity couple – except that whenever Keanu Reeves and Alexandra Grant get it on in public it triggers shock and outrage. And why? For the simple reason that she has grey hair and many assume she’s older than the John Wick heartthrob. Alexandra is, in fact, eight years younger, but that hasn’t stopped her from being mistaken for his mom, Patricia Taylor (76), and actress Helen Mirren (77). Although Alexandra (50) and Keanu (58) laugh it all off, the reaction to their romance highlights the double standards and sexist attitudes that still exist – especially in age-obsessed Hollywood. It’s become so “normal” for male stars to date women at…

LOVE FOR THE AGES

PLATSAK – TOE RED DIEREKUNS MY

SY WAS gestres en desperaat: ’n ma met drie kinders, vier honde en ’n kat om te voed, met net nooit genoeg geld om die pot die hele maand aan die kook te hou nie. Voeg daarby ’n man wat haar jare lank emosioneel afgekraak het en ’n gesin wat in skuld verdrink het, en haar selfbeeld was op sy allerlaagste. Bonny Snowdon het geweet sy moet iets drasties doen om te oorleef, en toe wend sy haar tot die een ding waaroor sy nog altyd gedroom het: om ’n bestaan uit kuns te maak. Min mense dink hulle sal uit kuns ’n leefbare inkomste kan maak. Wat nog te sê skatryk word. Maar Bonny het nog altyd gehou van teken en het jare tevore ’n kunsskool bygewoon waar haar dosente gesê het sy…

PLATSAK – TOE RED DIEREKUNS MY
MY CHILD GONE FOREVER

MY CHILD GONE FOREVER

IT FELT like he just couldn’t drive fast enough. The three-and-a-half-hour journey from Polokwane to Johannesburg seemed to grow by the minute and he spent every second of it praying his little girl was safe and sound. Elie Challita had left four-year-old Nada-Jane at home in Joburg, with his girlfriend, Amber Hughes, while he went house hunting in Polokwane. While he was on the road earlier that day, Amber (23) had called him in a rage after discovering he’d been chatting with other women on WhatsApp. She accused him of being unfaithful and threatened to destroy everything he held dear. “You broke my heart, I’m going to burn yours,” she told him before hanging up. “When she said that, my knees went weak,” he tells YOU. Elie (35) kept trying to call Amber, but he…

MANS GENOEG VIR CHARLIZE

AS JY iemand is wat sukkel om liefde te vind, troos jou hieraan: Selfs ’n skatryk aktrise wat op haar dag ’n model was, kan soms sukkel. Ja, dit het Charlize Theron blykbaar ’n paar jaar gevat om weer iemand te vind wat haar liefhet vir wie sy regtig is. Die aktrise het al vier jaar gelede in die openbaar verklaar dat sy haar “begin oopstel” om weer liefde te vind nadat haar vorige verhoudings op die rotse geloop het. Maar sedert sy so begin rondkyk het, was daar nog nooit weer ’n man aan haar sy nie. Tot nou toe. Foto’s van Charlize (47) saam met ’n lang donkerkopman het onlangs opgeduik waar hulle alte liefies lyk. En die meeste vroue sal saamstem: Dit lyk na ’n man vir wie ’n mens…

MANS GENOEG VIR CHARLIZE

The world’s first para-astronaut

BRITISH astronaut John McFall could become the first differently abled astronaut to blast off into space. John lost his right leg in a motorcycle accident in 2000. He recently completed a simulated zero-gravity flight where he experienced weightlessness for the first time. John, an avid athlete, was 19 when his leg was amputated below the knee. After being fitted with prosthetics, he became a paraathlete and won a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. He went on to become a doctor, but had always wanted to be a space cadet. The 41-year-old from Frimley in Surrey, England was recently selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to join its training programme. He first had to undergo a series of gruelling tests by the ESA to help them understand how…

The world’s first para-astronaut
Zero to HERO

Zero to HERO

When the owners of this home began the renovation they discovered that the existing slab couldn't support the weight of the planned second storey. So they had to demolish the whole property and rebuild on the existing foundation. “We took the best elements of our previous homes and updated those to get a more modern look,” says the owner. “Although we went for an industrial look, we tried to incorporate natural elements (wooden floors and ceilings) to ensure that the concrete/stone/steel didn't dominate to the point that it made the house feel cold and unwelcoming.” “The family spends most of their time in the double-volume lounge.”“A home is practical, liveable, and has a personality unique to the people who live there.” – the home owner“The (sun-facing) side of the home is almost…

THE WONDERFUL SPEKBOOM

THE spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is a fast-growing succulent shrub or tree indigenous to South Africa. It can absorb up to 100 times more carbon dioxide (CO2) than a fir tree of the same size. In their natural habitat, each hectare (about one soccer pitch) of spekboom can absorb between 2,9 and 8,6 tons of CO2 a year. The spekboom can undergo photosynthesis in two ways. Photosynthesis is the process by which plants use energy from the sun to transform water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the air into oxygen and glucose (the food to make it grow). The oxygen is released into the atmosphere, which is good for the planet. Spekboom undergoes photosynthesis in these two ways: 1. In cool, moist conditions it’s basically the same as normal plants. It happens during…

THE WONDERFUL SPEKBOOM
GRENADIER GRANDEUR

GRENADIER GRANDEUR

RyanOConnorZA If you are a loyal reader of CAR Magazine – and I hope you are – you would have read my initial thoughts on the beautiful new off-roading beast that has finally made its way to market… the Ineos Grenadier. And if you are an avid follower of CAR Magazine’s website – let’s hope so – you would also have seen me bouncing around in the cabin of this impressive vehicle as we filmed our test drive from Inverness to Loch Long in Scotland. Or rather, ‘The heart of the heartlands’ – by Ineos’ own description. Nevertheless, whether you’ve been following closely or this is your first insight into our take on the Grenadier, here lies my most comprehensive review yet, where I’ll be breaking down the look, feel and…

7 DAYS

DUA LIPA Joint fashion venture with Versace Pop star Dua Lipa has joined forces with Donatella Versace to co-design a womenswear collection, which will be released this month. Known as a long-time fan and face of the Versace brand, the Albanian-British star, 27, fronted its autumn/winter campaign in 2021. The new collection, entitled La Vacanza, will debut at an intimate fashion show in Cannes on 23 May and go on sale immediately afterwards. Dua said she was “thrilled” to have worked alongside Donatella on the collection. “She and I have formed such a strong bond over the years, and I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received from her and the whole team since the very beginning of my career,” she said, adding that it has “been a dream”. PRINCE Purple reigns on renamed road Late pop legend…

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LANK LEWE DIE KONING

LANK LEWE DIE KONING

‘DIE DINGE WAT EK TOT HIER TOE BELOOF HET, SAL EK NAKOM EN ONDERHOU; MAG GOD MY HELP’ DIE SEREMONIE Dit was ’n diens vol eeue oue tradisie, maar met genoeg moderne kinkels – insluitend die erkenning van uiteenlopende gelowe en kulture – om iets van die moderne Verenigde Koninkryk en Britse Ryk te weerspieël. Die aartsbiskop van Canterbury, Justin Welby, was aan die stuur van die seremonie in Westminster Abbey waar Charles op 6 Mei nie net as nuwe Britse staatshoof gekroon is nie, maar ook as die nuwe leier van die Anglikaanse Kerk. Engelse kroningsplegtighede volg al sedert die laat 14de eeu ’n program wat in ’n Latynse geskrif, die Liber Regalis (“koninklike boek”), uiteengesit is. Die verrigtinge is begin deur die 14-jarige koorsanger Samuel Strachan wat die koning verwelkom het. “U majesteit,…

EINDELIK MY KANS

EINDELIK MY KANS

SY WAS destyds pas klaar studeer toe sy as plekaanwyser by die Baxter-teater in Kaapstad begin werk het. Met elke vertoning het sy by die deur gestaan en kaartjies geskeur en gedroom dat dit eendag sý sal wees wat op daardie verhoog staan. Dan sou Carmen Maarman (44) haarself belowe: Ek gáán daar uitkom; dit gáán my werklikheid wees. En vandag, meer as twee dekades later, is dit so. Die aktrise is nou weer op kykNET te sien as die vurige Maggie Jantjies in die derde seisoen van die komediereeks Lui maar op, Belinda – ’n rol wat sy in 2019 die eerste keer vertolk het. Dis die einste Maggie wat alles vir Carmen verander het. Ja, daar was teaterrolle, maar die kleinskerm en silwerdoek het haar in ’n groot mate ontwyk tot…

LONG TO REIGN OVER US KING CHARLES III THE FUTURE OF THE MONARCHY IS CAPTURED IN ITS FULL GLORY IN HISTORIC PORTRAITS

Flanked by his two heirs, the King presents the future of the monarchy Proudly flanked by his son and grandson, the King presents the future of the monarchy to the world in the first official photo with his two heirs since he ascended the throne. The powerful image, captured ins ide Buckingham Palace shortly after the coronation at Westminster Abbey, shows His Majesty, 74, in full regalia on his throne, with the Prince of Wales, 40, and Prince George, nine, either side of him. He is dressed in his purple velvet and ermine-caped Robe of Estate with the Imperial State Crown on his head, holding the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre with Cross, part of the regalia that had featured in the ceremony earlier in the day. ONE FOR THE HISTORY BOOKS Standing next to him,…

LONG TO REIGN OVER US KING CHARLES III THE FUTURE OF THE MONARCHY IS CAPTURED IN ITS FULL GLORY IN HISTORIC PORTRAITS
DIE DRAMA WAT MY LAAT BOTOKS SPUIT

DIE DRAMA WAT MY LAAT BOTOKS SPUIT

AS ’N belangrike rolspeler in een van die skokkendste moorddramas in die Kaapse wynlande was sy saaklik en professioneel. Nou het sy ’n hoofrol in ’n nuwe drama tussen die wingerde – en as een van Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande het Michelle van Zyl omtrént ’n gedaantewisseling ondergaan. Weg is die vrou wat in die opspraakwekkende Henri van Breda-moordverhoor getuig het, want deesdae is fronsies glad stryk haar ding. As traumaspesialis het sy Henri in 2015 medies ondersoek nadat hy sy ouers, Martin en Teresa, en broer, Rudi, met ’n byl doodgekap het. Sy jonger suster (toe 16) het die aanval op Stellenbosch se De Zalze-landgoed oorleef. Michelle moes in die hof getuig, en die bylmoordenaar is in 2018 lewenslank tronk toe gestuur. Ten spyte van die erns van die saak het…

WE SHOULD BE TOGETHER

WE SHOULD BE TOGETHER

SEEING their faces on his phone screen is the highlight of his day but it also makes him feel sad and alone. Because every time Francois Oosthuizen says goodbye to his husband, Bowen Li, and blows air kisses to their son, he wonders when the day will come when they’re living under the same roof. Francois (40) is in Cape Town and his spouse, who’s a Chinese national, is thousands of kilometres away in China with their four-year-old child, Kaiwei. Bowen can’t join his husband in South Africa because he’s still waiting for the department of home affairs to issue the permanent-residency permit he applied for two years ago. Francois, frustrated at how long it’s taking the bureaucratic wheels to turn, returned to South Africa from China just over a month ago in…

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES AND THEIR CHILDREN LEAD THE ROLL CALL OF SENIOR ROYALS

One of the most charming images of the day was the arrival of the Prince and Princess of Wales in full regalia at the abbey, accompanied by Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, both dressed immaculately for their grandparents’ big day. It was a picture of formality and tradition underpinned by family unity as the couple gave reassuring smiles to their eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son. The Prince, who was to play a significant role in his father’s ceremony, was dressed in the deep-blue silk velvet Garter robe, under which he wore the ceremonial dress uniform of the Welsh Guards in his capacity as Colonel of the regiment. Kate’s mini-me, Princess Charlotte, had been treated to an Alexander McQueen frock But it was his wife and daughter who drew the most attention, with Kate, as…

THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES AND THEIR CHILDREN LEAD THE ROLL CALL OF SENIOR ROYALS

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

SHE’S always been the kind of person to call a spade a spade – she doesn’t mince her words, throws the f-bomb, just says it like it is. So when she announced it was high time “somebody needs to grow a pair and step up”, it was vintage Charlize Theron. She was tired of being single. Her kids weren’t babies anymore and she was ready to start dating again. So come on guys. “I’m starting to open myself up to perhaps finding the love of my life,” she said. But that was four whole years ago and in that time nobody seemed to grow a pair and step up. Charlize, gorgeous, rich and successful, remained on her own, raising her daughters and hanging out with her mom. But just look what’s happened now. A…

LOVE IS IN THE AIR!
DIE SKOKKENDE GEBEURE WAT MY LANDUIT LAAT VLUG

DIE SKOKKENDE GEBEURE WAT MY LANDUIT LAAT VLUG

HY HET drie jaar lank volhoubare lig in die donkerte probeer bring, maar toe André de Ruyter oplaas die tuig as Eskom-baas neerlê, het die kragreus hom nie vir sy diens bedank nie. Trouens, hy is weg in ’n storm – al die pad landuit, na waar hy nou “êrens in Europa” in geheimhouding lewe. Waar hy is, wil hy nie verklap nie – hy vrees daar is moontlik ’n teiken op sy rug. In hierdie verkorte, geredigeerde uittreksel uit sy nuwe boek, Truth to Power, uitgegee deur Penguin en nou landwyd beskikbaar, skryf die uitgetrede kragbaas oor sy beweerde vergiftiging, die chaos nadat hy bewerings oor korrupsie gemaak het, en sy haastige vlugtog na veiligheid. “Nee, nee, kollegas,” sê ek gefrustreerd. “Weet julle waarmee ons hier te doen het? Weet julle wat sianied…

WHY WAS I SPARED?

WHY WAS I SPARED?

MIKE Thexton was 27, exhausted and ready to return home to Britain after a summer hiking in the Himalayas when he boarded a plane in Karachi, Pakistan. As fate would have it, the plane would never leave the runway. At 5.44am on 5 September 1986, Pan Am flight 73, which was en route from Mumbai to New York via Frankfurt, was hijacked. For 12 of the next 15 hours, Mike, one of almost 400 people on board, was held at gunpoint by one of four hijackers, part of a Palestinian terror cell intent on selecting Americans, but willing to settle for a Brit. The men, armed with rifles and hand grenades, had already killed their first passenger, 29-year-old Rajesh Kumar, who had been an American citizen for just two months, shooting him…

SÓ HET EK ANDRÉ HELP VLUG

DIT was vroegmiddag, begin Maart, toe hy ’n Uber na sy vriend se huis neem. Nie vir ’n kuier nie, maar om hom te help om vir sy lewe te vlug. Toe hy by die voormalige Eskom-baas André de Ruyter se huis aankom, was dit nie die gesig van sy vriend soos hy hom deur die jare leer ken het nie. André het ’n baard gehad. ’n Pet was laag oor sy kop getrek. Hy was vermom, asof hy verwag gevaar kan enige oomblik op hom toesak. Dít was nadat André se lewe in die voorafgaande weke gaandeweg in ’n spioenasiedrama ontaard het, vertel dié vriend, wat André gehelp het om drie maande gelede uit Suid-Afrika te vlug, vandag eksklusief aan Huisgenoot. Hy het dié hele drama aanskou. ’n Ruk tevore het André…

SÓ HET EK ANDRÉ HELP VLUG
THERE WERE BOMBS FALLING EVERYWHERE

THERE WERE BOMBS FALLING EVERYWHERE

IT STARTED out like an ordinary Saturday morning for the South African expat family – dad was going to play golf, mom and the twins were going to meet him at the clubhouse later. “The kids were looking forward to their milkshakes,” Ilse Young says. But three-year-old Duncan and Isabella never got their treat. As Ilse was preparing to leave home for the club, she heard the news that there had been an explosion – then an ominous message from Adam followed. “Go back home. Don’t go anywhere, I’m coming.” Ilse, a teacher at an international school in Khartoum, Sudan, had met Adam, a manager for a food company, several years ago and the city had become their home. But the life they knew in the North African country was ripped apart when fighting broke out…

Fortune favours the brave

Fortune favours the brave

TOYOTA FORTUNER 2.8 GD-6 4X4 VX ETA: NOW Since launching in 2006, the Toyota Fortuner has become a household name – and more. A staple of the South African suburban upper-middle-class existence, it has become every bit the metropolitan must-have, much as the latest iPhone or Eskom-busting battery backup has. A number of successive facelifts extended the Fortuner’s tenure till an all-new second-generation model followed in 2016, itself earning a noteworthy upgrade in 2020, when the flagship 2,8-litre GD-6 engine was boosted by a welcome 20 kW/50 N.m. In reaching another milestone in its ten-year life cycle, in 2023, the Fortuner has been treated to another – albeit relatively minor – reimagining. Pricing starts at R635 500 for the entry-level 2,4 GD-6 RB manual (the sole three-pedal derivative on offer), extending to R915 400…

10 SHOCKING REVELATIONS: ESKOM’S DEEP ROT

10 SHOCKING REVELATIONS: ESKOM’S DEEP ROT

WHEN he quit his job earlier this year he said he was looking forward to taking things easy. For the sake of his safety and his health, André de Ruyter said, he’d decided it was in his best interests to lie low, probably somewhere abroad. Everyone thought this meant the former Eskom CEO was planning to drop off the radar. But it turns out he has no intention of keeping quiet. His bombshell memoir – Truth to Power: My Three Years Inside Eskom – recently hit the shelves and has tongues wagging far and wide. South Africans stuck in yet another round of stage 6 loadshedding may require torches to read the book, but it’s not the first time De Ruyter, reportedly now living in Germany, has made startling statements. We take a…

’N MAAS VAN PYN

’N MAAS VAN PYN

TOE haar seun gebore is, het sy baie drome gehad oor die wonderlike dinge wat hulle nog vorentoe als saam sou doen. Staptogte, visvang, bergfietsry – Chantéll Bothma kon nie wag om ’n wêreld vol avontuur vir haar kind te ontsluit nie. Maar sy het nooit die kans gekry om dit te doen nie. Pleks daarvan was sy angstig en depressief en het sy gereeld pyn gehad. En dít was die ma wat haar seun die afgelope sewe jaar leer ken het. Chantéll pak die skuld vir haar swaarkry en lewensgehalte op die maastoestelle wat in 2016, maande ná haar seun se geboorte, chirurgies in haar baarmoeder en blaas ingeplant is. Toe sy kort ná die geboorte intense rug- en buikpyn begin ervaar het, is bekkenorgaanprolaps by haar gediagnoseer. Haar dokter het gesê dit…

WITH WINDSOR CASTLE AS THE BACKDROP THE CORONATION CONCERT LIONEL RICHIE AND KATY PERRY HELP ROCK THE CELEBRATIONS

WITH WINDSOR CASTLE AS THE BACKDROP THE CORONATION CONCERT LIONEL RICHIE AND KATY PERRY HELP ROCK THE CELEBRATIONS

After being officially crowned Charles III a day earlier, His Majesty picked up another title during last week’s Coronation Concert: Dancing King. The 74-year-old monarch was seen waving a Union flag and swaying to the beat during an exuberant set by US singer Lionel Richie in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which was watched by millions of people around the world. As the sounds of Lionel’s 1983 hit All Night Long took to the air, the King and his loved ones couldn’t help but begin to dance and sing along. His Majesty wasn’t the only one to get swept away by the music. The Duchess of Edinburgh, looking stylish in a coral dress by Beulah, showed she was a Lionel fan, throwing her hands into the air alongside Mike and Zara Tindall during…

MY OPSTAAN NÁ MY SES MISKRAME

TOE sy weer uit die kamer verskyn, dra Candice Bester ’n pelsjas. “Ja, dis ’n regte een. Dit was my ouma s’n. Ek weet nie watter diertjies dit was nie – ek vra nie vrae daaroor nie.” Sy draai nie doekies om nie, dié lid van Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande. Sy het al vroeg-vroeg in die kykNET-reeks met veral Karen Schwendtke koppe gestamp omdat daar nie Wi-Fi was op dié se wildplaas in die Laeveld nie. En wanneer sy praat oor dít wat in haar binneste aangaan, is sy net so reguit. “Ek was sewe keer swanger en het net een kind,” som Candice (38) jare se seer op. “Om daaroor te praat het my gehelp om perspektief te kry en te besef waardeur my familie is,” vertel sy. “As jy dit vir…

MY OPSTAAN NÁ MY SES MISKRAME

OP SOEK NA ANTWOORDE

DIS yskoud in Bloemfontein. Die berugte Vrystaatse winter het skielik aangebreek. Toe Huisgenoot die Van Zyl-egpaar in hul huis besoek, staan hul stoele reg voor die kaggel waar Henk van Zyl buk om ’n vuur aan die gang te kry voor hy koffie maak. Daar is seker baie huise in die Rosestad waar die kaggelvuur ook vandag aangesteek is, maar vir die Van Zyls het dié ritueel ’n dieper betekenis. Die kaggel was hul dogter Liezel de Jager se gunstelingplek in haar ouerhuis. Al was dit hoe warm, sou Liezel die kaggel aan die gang kry en daar gaan sit. Nou, elke keer wanneer hulle ’n vuur daar maak, dink Henk en sy vrou, Salomé, aan hul oudste dogter. Maar dié herinnering aan haar gunstelingplek is beslis beter as die ander herinnering – die een…

OP SOEK NA ANTWOORDE
A new look at the Titanic’s wreckage

A new look at the Titanic’s wreckage

MORE than a century after it sank, the Titanic continues to captivate people – and new high-tech images show the famous shipwreck like it’s never been seen before. The 3D images offer a clear view of the entire vessel, which lies broken in two parts at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, some 4 000 metres underwater. The scans reveal the rusted wreck as if the water has been drained away and close-up pictures show stunning details such as unopened champagne bottles and shoes on the seafloor. The images were created by deepsea investigators from Magellan Ltd and Atlantic Productions, who are making a documentary about the project. The team used remote-controlled cameras to scan every inch of the ship and its surrounding debris last year. They took more than 700 000 photographs from…

‘HE’LL NEVER HEAL FROM THIS’

‘HE’LL NEVER HEAL FROM THIS’

HE’D just fallen off his bicycle, he told his mom in a small voice, but she wasn’t convinced. A fall from a bike surely wouldn’t cause her then five-year-old son’s testicles to swell to such an extent. “When I say there was swelling, I mean his one testicle was three times its normal size,” says Amanda Martins*, who was bathing her little boy, Luke*, when she noticed the injury. She took him to the doctor the next morning and he confirmed her suspicion: it was highly unlikely the swelling had been caused by a fall from a bike. “When the doctor asked him what happened, he said he’d been kicked at school,” Amanda tells us. She and her husband, Mark*, went to their son’s crèche, Laspossie Kleuterskool in Pretoria East, and told the teachers…

MAGGIES, MARILYN, IS DIT JÝ?

HAAR hare is maanligblond gekleur en in perfekte krulle geset. Haar linkerwang het ’n enkele moesie, haar lippe is ’n glansende rooi geverf, en sy praat in ’n hees, sexy stem. Sy is Marilyn Monroe uitgeknip – en dis die grootste kompliment wat enigiemand ooit vir Jasmine Chiswell (29) kan gee. Want in ’n wêreld vol Marilyn Monroe-nabootsers is sy die onbetwiste koningin. Vir haar verteenwoordig die onsterflike Hollywood-sekssimbool ’n tydperk waarin sy wat Jasmine is ook vir altyd wil lewe. Sy dra net 1950’s-uitrustings, en selfs haar huis het eens aan Marilyn behoort. “Ek was nog altyd lief vir Marilyn,” sê Jasmine. “Sy het styl en selfvertroue gehad, en dit is iets wat ek bewonder.” Sy’s ook nie al een nie. Jasmine het 16,5 miljoen volgelinge op haar TikTokprofiel, waar jy kan kyk hoe sy…

MAGGIES, MARILYN, IS DIT JÝ?
’N NUWE FASE

’N NUWE FASE

IETS aan sy donker oë en skewe glimlag wil-wil bekend lyk. Hy gee geesdriftig raad oor rekwisiete en stemoefeninge, en die aspirantakteurs in sy klas hang aan sy lippe – die man weet duidelik waarvan hy praat. Maar dit vat ’n tweede en derde kyk om hom te plaas: Dis immers jare sedert Izak Davel (39) en sy blokkiesmaag derduisende kykers na hul asem laat snak het met sy knap rooi Speedo in die Survivor SA-reeks vir bekendes. En nog langer sedert hy as die hartebreker Scab in die sepie Egoli: Plek van Goud bekend geword het. Hy lag vandag lekker oor daai swembroek. “Die Speedo was vir my ’n praktiese ding toe ek daar op die eiland was. Ek wou nie met ’n nat broek oral rondloop nie, dus het ek…

STRONGER EVERY DAY

HELL. That’s the word he uses to describe his struggle with rectal cancer – and it’s easy to see why. Bertie du Plessis has endured a multitude of medical nightmares: dozens of surgeries, several repairs to ruptures in his stomach lining, life-threatening sepsis, a blocked colon – the list goes on and on. And each time he went under the knife it was just a temporary fix, leaving him no closer to relief from the excruciating pain in his gut. He’d reached the point in his ordeal where he was willing to try any treatment – which is why, when his doctors suggested grafting a piece of pigskin to his stomach lining to stop the ruptures, Bertie didn’t think twice. Pigs have similar genetic and physiological traits to humans and are increasingly being…

STRONGER EVERY DAY
Lotti in die hemel

Lotti in die hemel

‘IS MEVROU tevrede?” vra die verpleegster wat so pas Lotti se grys hare gevleg en om haar kop vasgemaak het. Lotti knik. Sy wens hulle wil ophou om haar Mevrou te noem. Lotti sal deug. Al is sy jare laas so genoem. Daar anderkant was sy Miss Totti. Iets te doen met hulle gesukkel met die vreemde taal se uitspraak. Eintlik is dit alles die ring se skuld. Die vervlakste ring waarvan sy net nie ontslae kan raak nie. Die verpleegster skud haar kussings op. Sy haat dit as hulle so hulpvaardig is. Sy haat die koel, skemer hospitaal. Sy haat die stilte. Sy haat die kanker. Sy haat dit om so onvergenoegd te wees. Toe die verpleegster haar alleen laat, neem sy haar Bybel van die bedkassie af. Laat dit net so…

THE SPANISH CO-FOUNDER OF A PROPERTY EMPIRE BEATRIZ RUBIO UNVEILS THE STUNNING RENOVATION OF HER UNIQUE FAMILY HOME ON THE PORTUGUESE COAST

THE SPANISH CO-FOUNDER OF A PROPERTY EMPIRE BEATRIZ RUBIO UNVEILS THE STUNNING RENOVATION OF HER UNIQUE FAMILY HOME ON THE PORTUGUESE COAST

‘This house brings together privacy, experience and atmosphere’‘I think that what you give — good or bad — you get back, many times over’ Beatriz Rubio is an inspiration: a woman who’s built – literally from the ground up – a property empire that employs 20,000 people and takes in every aspect of the business, from construction, sales and financing to TV makeover shows. But whenever someone praises her achievements, Bea is quick to point out: “It’s not just me. There are two of us in everything. Manuel Alvarez, my husband, is the visionary, the one with the big ideas.” Her role, she says, is to put their plans into action. WINNING TEAM Teenage sweethearts, the Spanish couple moved to Portugal as newlyweds. They invested all they had in their first venture, a…

NÓG ’N GERAAMTE

NÓG ’N GERAAMTE

HY IS die bruingebrande volstruisboer met die gemoedelike glimlag wat in die pas afgelope seisoen van Boer soek ’n vrou (BSV) nuwe liefde gevind het. Hy het niks om weg te steek nie, was boer Francois Fourie se reaksie toe Huisgenoot verlede maand onthul hy het ’n boete van R200 betaal nadat ’n vrou hom in 2013 van aanranding aangekla het. Volgens polisiedokumente het die vrou hom destyds daarvan beskuldig dat hy haar geslaan het. Met Huisgenoot se besoek op die plaas by Oudtshoorn het Francois (51) geantwoord: “Ons het ’n rusie gehad. En so ’n bietjie hier en daar gestamp en gestoot aan mekaar.” Hy het bygevoeg hy het Vanessa – sy mededeelnemer aan die onlangse BSV-seisoen aan wie hy intussen verloof geraak het – van die “voorval” vertel en gesê sy…

ONS KLEIN LEEUTJIE

DIE dag toe sy klein prinsessie se turkoois oë hom in ’n droom besoek, was die dag dat hy dit met sekerheid besef het: Hy gaan pa word. “Ek het gedroom drie van my oorlede familielede staan om die kombuis se eiland in my ouma se huis. Hulle het saamgedrom en na iets gekyk. Op die tafel het hierdie klein dogtertjie gesit, en sy het met haar potblou oë na my gekyk,” vertel die sepiester Clint Brink (42) vandag. Dáárdie droom was nie sommer net iets wat hy soos die slaap uit sy oë en uit sy geheue gevryf het nie. Vandag sit hy en sy vroulief, Steffi van Wyk-Brink (31), ’n fiksheidsmodel en voormalige deelnemer aan Survivor, met ’n klein bondeltjie liefde. En dié nuwe ouers straal behoorlik. “Ná daardie droom het…

ONS KLEIN LEEUTJIE

VRA VIR IRMA

Skryf gerus vir my oor jou sake van die hart of moeilike persoonlike kwessies. Ek beantwoord hier vrae en briewe van lesers en gee graag raad. Ek sal nie jou naam bekend maak nie en jou identiteit bly vertroulik. Skryf vir my by: Vra vir Irma, Posbus 1802, Kaapstad 8000 of stuur jou e-pos na vravirirma@gmail.com of SMS Vra vir Irma gevolg deur jou vraag na 36489. SKOONMA EN DIE PYN VAN KINDERLOOSHEID V Ons is al sewe jaar getroud en het in dié tyd alles medies moontlik probeer om ’n babatjie te kry, maar sonder enige sukses. Dit was ’n rowwe tyd en ek voel soos ’n mislukking omdat ek nie vir my man ’n kindjie kan gee nie. My man is wonderlik hieroor en het my nog nooit soos ’n…

VRA VIR IRMA

SHOCK OF LOSING JOCK

HE SEEMED to have the world on a platter – a beautiful family, fame, a job he loved. International awards came his way, he opened cutting-edge restaurants and he was beloved on MasterChef Australia as the frank but fair judge with the worry beads and the thick Scottish brogue. Yet for all the accolades and achievements, what Jock Zonfrillo (46) longed for was a small house in the middle of nowhere with his kids and pets. “Just a simple, uncomplicated life away from everyone,” he said in what would be his final interview. “Not the flashy extravagant lifestyle you’d expect from a TV person.” And it seemed he was going some way towards achieving it, spending time away from the cameras and the kitchen in Rome, Italy, with his second wife, Lauren Fried…

SHOCK OF LOSING JOCK
WHY SO QUIET, JACK?

WHY SO QUIET, JACK?

FOR decades he commanded the screen with his devilish grin, irresistible charisma and ability to rock any role from romantic comedy and edge-of-your-seat horror to searing drama and complex political thriller. But there was more to Jack Nicholson than being one of the finest actors of his generation – he was also a Hollywood heartbreaker of note and few leading ladies could resist his charms. For years he regularly made headlines but the 86-year-old has remained largely reclusive over the past decade, holed up at his house overlooking California’s Franklin Canyon Reservoir and only emerging on the rare occasion to attend a basketball game, a passion of his. Just last month he was seen sitting courtside with his youngest son, Ray Nicholson, at a Los Angeles Lakers game in LA. Dressed in all-black with…

BOVINE ELECTRIC BOLT

BOVINE ELECTRIC BOLT

KyleSpliceZA SPACE-AGE MATERIALS KEEP ITS WEIGHT DOWN The Revuelto’s new aeronautics-inspired “monofuselage” chassis incorporates a carbon-fibre monocoque with a front structure made of forged composites (a blend of carbon fibres and resin) that allows it to be 10% lighter than the same unit used on the Aventador. Not only is there an increase in torsional rigidity, but there’s also an increased level of energy absorption in the event of a collision; Lamborghini claims it’s double that of the Aventador’s aluminium front frame. At the rear, the chassis is made of high-strength aluminium alloys, with hollow castings in the rear dome area that integrate the rear suspension’s shock towers and powertrain suspension into a single component. This allows for a significant reduction in weight and also for optimal weight distribution (44% front and 56%…

Elder statesmen

Elder statesmen

The elegant S-Class still commands the respect of the segmentDamian AdamsYou can’t take your eyes off the 7 Series, but it doesn’t appeal to everyoneKyle Kock When the S500 was tested for the May issue last year, the CAR team felt that the decision to once again hand the segment crown back to Stuttgart’s range-topping sedan was more than justified, given how much Mercedes-Benz had improved on what we deem to be critical areas of evaluation, such as refinement, ride comfort and technology. It just so happened that the S-Class had long been the title holder in that division before the previous-generation (G11) BMW 7 Series made a strong argument for itself and snatched bragging rights. The victory would be short-lived however, when the current S-Class (W223) would give us reason enough…

DIE BRAAILES

Deur DANA SNYMAN “Ek dink ons kole is nou reg.” Flip hou sy hand met die palm na onder bokant die braaiplek en laat sak dit stadig tot naby die vuur. Dieper die huis in sing Bok van Blerk. “Oukei, engel!” roep hy. “Ek sit nou die wors op!” Hy beduie na die botteltjie in my hand. “Is jou bier nog orraait?” Ons staan by die braaiplek in sy lapa. Dit is al donker. Die Petzllampie op Flip se voorkop se ligkol wieg heen en weer. Ons het klaar oor rugby gesels, ons is nou by politiek en die land. Hoe ons president ons teleurgestel het. En wat gaan met Eskom gebeur? Makkie, sy vrou, is in die kombuis besig met die pap en die sous, die broodjies en die slaai. Ek is…

DIE BRAAILES
KIA SPORTAGE 1,6 T-GDi GT-LINE S

KIA SPORTAGE 1,6 T-GDi GT-LINE S

IamDamianAdams 8 985 km 8,33 L/100 km + Stylish design, quiet and high-tech interior - Ride is on the firmer side During the brief time I have experienced our long-termer, the Sportage went from being one of my favourite family SUVs to arguably the champion of the class. It’s for good reason, then, that it’s been named as a finalist in the 2023 South African Car of the Year competition. It boasts an impressive breadth of ability and an exceptionally long list of standard features for the money. Sure, R749 900 is an eye-widening amount of money for a vehicle in this segment; however, this places it squarely in the realm of the popular Volkswagen Tiguan. The flagship Kia slots in between the R-line badged 110 kW (R722 300) and 162 kW (R795 900) models…

‘DIT WAS NET BOMME ORAL’

‘DIT WAS NET BOMME ORAL’

DIT roep herinneringe op uit donker dae toe burgeroorloë veel algemener was. ’n Faksie wat die regering wil oorneem, val die presidentspaleis aan. Meteens word ’n rustige stad in ’n hel van ontploffings en geweerskote omskep. En gou flits berigte oor lyke in die strate en vlugtelinge wat landuit probeer stroom wêreldwyd. Tot onlangs was Khartoem, die Soedanse hoofstad, ’n taamlik rustige plek vir sy burgers en Suid-Afrikaanse ekspats soos Ilse Young. Op Saterdag 15 April het sy nog gedink haar dag sal net ’n gewone naweekuitstappie saam met haar gesin inhou. Haar man, Adam, het dié dag ’n potjie gholf gespeel, en sy sou hom later met hul driejarige tweeling, Duncan en Isabella, by die klubhuis ontmoet. Sy het as onderwyseres by ’n internasionale skool in dié woestynland suid van Egipte gewerk, en Adam…

Dune decimator

Price: R1 094 900 Engine: front-mounted, twin-turbocharged, 3,0-litre, V6 petrol Transmission: 10-speed automatic Power: 292 kW @5 650 r/min Torque: 583 N.m @3 500 r/min 0–100 km/h: N/A Top speed: 187 km/h Fuel consumption: 11,50 L/100 km CO2 emissions: 262 g/km Rivals: Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Hilux GR-S + performance to match throaty V6 soundtrack - limited towing capacity and thirsty *Claimed figures Rudely awoken by a roaring Raptor with its brute V6 tune in Baja mode, the third and final morning in the Namib desert was harsh and cold, a brutal reminder of how unforgiving the barren terrain is. A carpet of morning haze shielded the harsh African sun blooming over the dune horizon and it was time to pack up and make our way from the desert playground to electricity and functional plumbing. It…

Dune decimator

The End of an Era

Scorching performance and taut dynamics are a given in any car rolled out by BMW’s M Division, but the M2 arguably nails the sweet spot better than any other modern model. Fast, compact and agile, it recaptures the feisty spirit of past Bavarian icons such as the BMW 2002 Turbo and the much-loved E30 M3. It’s no surprise the existing M2 has been the best-selling M model to date, with more than 60 000 examples built and sold during its lifecycle. However, time waits for no man or car, and after six years, the time had come for a generational change. It’s immediately apparent the second-gen M2 is a more grown-up entity than its predecessor. Apart from the fact its dimensions have expanded, the newbie also sports far more divisive styling, which,…

The End of an Era

A BRUTAL AND BEAUTIFUL RHAPSODY

IamDamianAdams Petridish_Mooks Price: R1 094 900 Engine: 3,0-litre, six-cylinder, twin-turbopetrol Transmission: 10-speed automatic Power: 292 kW @5 650 r/min Torque: 583 N.m @3 500 r/min Fuel Index: 13,8 L/100 km CO2 emissions: 262 g/km + Ford listened and gave enthusiasts more tech and twin-turbo V6 power - Opportunities to really express its prowess are limited on the road TESTED PERFORMANCE FORD RANGER RAPTOR 3,0 V6 TWIN-TURBO ECOBOOST DOUBLE CAB 4WD 10AT ACCELERATION (sec) 0–60 3,05 0–80 4,54 0–100 6,46 0–120 9,04 0–140 12,35 OVERTAKING ACCELERATION (sec) 40–60 AT 1,59 60–80 1,65 80–100 1,98 100–120 2,30 120–140 3,16 The box-fresh Ford Ranger Raptor has landed in South Africa and is the kind of car that would happily do that literally. It’s a double-cab performance bakkie boasting the capability of a cross-country motorsport competitor. It’s not a surprise that the outgoing version was used as the official route reconnaissance vehicle for the SA Rally Raid Championship and…

A BRUTAL AND BEAUTIFUL RHAPSODY
MY NUWE HOOFSTUK NÁ DIE SEER

MY NUWE HOOFSTUK NÁ DIE SEER

HY WAS een van die onvergeetlike gesigte langs die veld toe die Springbokke die Engelse Rose in die Wêreldbekerrugbytoernooi in Japan in die stof laat byt het. Groot van postuur en gees het die assistentafrigter, Matt Proudfoot, ’n onontbeerlike rol in die oorwinning daar in die Verre Ooste gespeel. Dit is vandag vier jaar later. Hy is steeds die sesvoetreus met ’n passie vir rugby, maar Matt (51) se wêreld lyk anders. Ná drie jaar as afrigter vir die Engelse span is hy terug in Suid-Afrika, maar waar hy voorheen saam met sy vrou, Vanes-Mari du Toit (33), in ’n huis gewoon het, is hy nou alleen en woon hy in ’n gastehuis. Matt en die gewese Protea-netbalspeler was een van Suid-Afrika se bekendste sportpare, en dit was vir aanhangers ’n skok toe…

THE QUEEN’S BESTIE

IN THE midst of all the messages that poured in on the day of the coronation there was one that had a rather different tone. This one didn’t congratulate King Charles III or wish him well for the future – instead, it focused on the friendship between the queen and one of her staff members. “Let’s spare a thought for how my best friend Angela Kelly feels today with such mixed emotions and losing her best friend, Her Majesty. How she made the queen laugh was an absolute joy to witness.” The post, by Angela’s friend Stella McLaren, included a photo of Angela and the queen smiling – a poignant picture that spoke volumes about the women’s relationship. Angela worked for the queen for two decades and was her chief dresser and right-hand…

THE QUEEN’S BESTIE
REUNITED AFTER 50 YEARS

REUNITED AFTER 50 YEARS

SHE’D been missing for five decades, making hers one of the oldest missing person cases in the US. Yet every year for 50 years her family gathered around the table to commemorate the day she was born, blowing out candles, cutting the cake and releasing white balloons. The heartbroken Highsmith family held on to the belief that their missing daughter and sister was out there, somewhere – little knowing that “somewhere” was just 15 minutes away. In a remarkable turn of events, the Highsmiths of Fort Worth, Texas, recently discovered that the baby who was stolen from them in 1971 was living in the same area. And the moment Melissa Highsmith (53), who was snatched by her babysitter, reunited with them would melt even the hardest of hearts. Melissa grew up believing she…

IN THE NEWS

IN THE NEWS

MUGABE’S MILLIONS REVEALED Inside Bona Mugabe’s messy split BONA MUGABE, daughter of Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe, has a massive property portfolio that she may have to split with her ex-husband as part of their divorce settlement. Bona (33) filed for divorce from former pilot Simba Mutsahuni Chikore in March. Simba wants half of their assets, which he says include a mansion in Dubai and 24 other residential properties, worth a total of around $80 million (R1,4 billion). According to court papers, Bona also owns 21 farms – some of which were allegedly acquired by the Mugabe family during the contentious takeover of white-owned farms in the early 2000s – luxury vehicles, farming equipment and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash. Simba, who’s also demanding joint custody of the couple’s three children, says the assets…

HARRY’S 28-HOUR VISIT TO THE U THE DUKE OF SUSSEX WHIRLWIND TRIP FOR CORONATION AS SON ARCHIE TURNS FOUR

Prince Harry was still wearing his suit and medals when he arrived at Heathrow As flying visits go, the Duke of Sussex’s whirlwind stopover for the coronation of his father must have been one of the briefest royal round-trips in history. In a journey that spanned two continents, crossed numerous time zones and covered more than 5,000 miles each way, Prince Harry’s whistle-stop stay was planned so that he could return home in time to celebrate another special occasion: his son Prince Archie’s fourth birthday, which fell on 6 May, the same day His Majesty was crowned. His wife the Duchess stayed behind with Archie and 23-month-old Princess Lilibet, so Harry’s solo trip began when he waved his family goodbye at their Montecito mansion on Thursday afternoon. MAD DASH He was driven 100 miles to…

HARRY’S 28-HOUR VISIT TO THE U THE DUKE OF SUSSEX WHIRLWIND TRIP FOR CORONATION AS SON ARCHIE TURNS FOUR

WINNING LETTER

A GROUP of executive MBA students from the US visited Cape Town a week ago and the university where I’d recently studied asked me to be one of the alumni to meet with them and share experiences. I was paired with Ed, who runs an operations division for a power utility in Philadelphia and he was fascinated with loadshedding. They were here in the heart of stage 6 bouts and he couldn’t believe we managed for so many hours without electricity. I had to help him download the ESP app because he couldn’t wrap his head around an alert system like it. Trying to explain the origin of the name was a whole other story! Ed and many of the other Americans also expressed their awe at our resilience. What struck them…

WINNING LETTER

WINNING LETTER

I READ an article in The New York Times today about feeling alive again. There were familiar tips – being mindful, appreciating what you have, doing the things you love. But there was a piece that really struck me. Try to find fascination in everything, author Katherine May advises. It can be in even the littlest things like the reflection of light on a cup of coffee or an interesting bug in your grass or garden. “We’ve told ourselves that everything needs to be so big,” she says. “Actually, we can just breathe out and live quite small lives.” I find it intriguing because so many of us are searching for these big things to help make our existence better, sometimes forgetting a rich life can be made up of millions of small…

WINNING LETTER

ASK DR LOUISE

I’M WORRIED I’LL DISAPPOINT MY PARENTS Q I completed my BCom degree last year and originally wanted to become a chartered accountant. My parents supported me from the very beginning of my studies and were so excited I was going to have a career in accounting. They paid for my studies and accommodation while I was at university. However, I didn’t enrol for honours this year because after some thought and after doing the initial degree, I realise I do not enjoy this line of work at all. The problem is I am hesitant to tell my parents that I am now considering another career because they made a lot of sacrifices in order to send me to university. I also don’t know what it is I want to do now. I’ve spent all that…

ASK DR LOUISE

EFRAINE SE SKITTERDAG

DIE TV-kameras was aan die rol, en die bekende akteur het ingeleun om haar te soen. Maar Efraine van Heerden wou niks weet nie. “Soen is ’n big thing vir my. As ek jou wil soen, sal ek jou sê ek wil jou soen,” het sy destyds in die maatsoekreeks Op my eish! vir Neels van Jaarsveld gesê. Maar toe die groot oomblik vandag aanbreek, hier voor haar naaste vriende en familie, huiwer die donkerkopskoonheid nie ’n oomblik nie. Lank en innig soen sy vir Paul du Toit voor die kansel by die Old Tannery op Wellington, en so wys sy die wêreld dat sy dié prokureur van Stellenbosch wíl soen – nie net vandag nie, vir ewig. Troues is nie vir Efraine ’n nuutjie nie. As grimeerkunstenaar het sy immers al meer…

EFRAINE SE SKITTERDAG

VRA VIR IRMA

Skryf gerus vir my oor jou sake van die hart of moeilike persoonlike kwessies. Ek beantwoord hier vrae en briewe van lesers en gee graag raad. Ek sal nie jou naam bekend maak nie en jou identiteit bly vertroulik. Skryf vir my by: Vra vir Irma, Posbus 1802, Kaapstad 8000 of stuur jou e-pos na vravirirma@gmail.com of SMS Vra vir Irma gevolg deur jou vraag na 36489. MOET EK VIR ONS HUISHULP MY SPERM SKENK? V My vrou en ek is langer as drie dekades getroud. Ek is ’n kontakmens, maar sy is nie so erg oor drukkies en soentjies nie. Ons high five of groet mekaar met die hand, selfs wanneer ons nagsê. Ons het drie kinders wat deur middel van in vitro-bevrugting in ons lewe ingekom het. Ons het ’n huishulp/versorger…

VRA VIR IRMA
MICHAEL DOUGLAS TRIBUTE IS A FAMILY AFFAIR THE 76TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL THE LEGEND AND HIS LEADING LADIES REIGN ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA

MICHAEL DOUGLAS TRIBUTE IS A FAMILY AFFAIR THE 76TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL THE LEGEND AND HIS LEADING LADIES REIGN ON THE FRENCH RIVIERA

Flanked by his two leading ladies, Michael Douglas cuts a dashing figure on the red carpet at the Cannes film festival. The veteran of screen and stage was accompanied by his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their 20-year-old daughter Carys, who was making her debut at the French movie extravaganza. In a pink Elie Saab gown, the aspiring musician posed with her parents at the opening night gala as she and her equally glamorous mum Catherine – also in a dramatic gown by Elie Saab – planted a kiss on Michael’s cheek before the Fatal Attraction star, 77, received a special award honouring his lifetime in film. “Thank you Cannes!” he later wrote on Instagram. “I am so honoured to receive the honorary Palme d’Or for my career achievements. Catherine, Carys and…

PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE

IN 1983 when South Africa was in a state of revolt and the apartheid government feared losing its grip, the department of foreign affairs conducted an audit. How famous, they wanted to know, was Nelson Mandela? He had not been seen or heard in the two decades since a court had sentenced him to life imprisonment. But in the years of his absence, the idea of him had grown and grown, turning him into government’s most formidable foe. Just how big was he, they wanted to know. The results of the audit were shocking to its authors. A block of flats in the East End of London had been christened Mandela Heights, they discovered; a room in an art gallery in Glasgow was named the Mandela Room; he had been given the…

PORTRAIT OF A MARRIAGE
WITH THE PRINCE AND THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF EDINBURGH THE PRINCESS OF WALES LEADS THE TRUE BLUE ‘SLIMMED-DOWN MONARCHY’ AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

WITH THE PRINCE AND THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF EDINBURGH THE PRINCESS OF WALES LEADS THE TRUE BLUE ‘SLIMMED-DOWN MONARCHY’ AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE

‘I’m over the moon to meet Kate and be here. This is a memory of a lifetime’ Pictures of regal elegance, the Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Edinburgh continued their support of the King and Queen last week and teamed up in shades of blue to host a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Joined by their husbands the Prince and the Duke – as well as fellow members of the “slimmed-down” monarchy, the Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester – the two women spent the afternoon mingling with 8,000 members of the public, who enjoyed tea and sandwiches on the palace’s manicured lawns. Kate, 41, recycled a blue embroidered tulle skirt and matching blouse from Elie Saab with a Philip Treacy hat that she had worn to Royal…

Amore ’N TYD VIR GEVAARLIK LEEF

NES COKE “Ek is nie altyd skougehalte nie en as ek soggens opstaan, het ek lae bloedsuiker. Dan maak ek vir myself ’n lekker koppie koffie en ek voel sommer klaar beter. Ek sorg dat ek ’n lekker ontbyt eet, want die lewe lyk soveel beter op ’n vol maag. Daar is dinge wat ’n mens nié kan beheer nie, maar neem beheer oor die dinge waaroor jy kan! “Luisteraars verwag Coke as hulle die radio aanskakel, ek kan nie vir hul Fanta gee nie — hulle soek vrolikheid.” “Hallo skat,” roep ’n stem wat soos warm karamel klink vanuit die huis, toe ek een Maandagmiddag aan Amore Bekker se voordeur klop. Dis dieselfde ryk stem wat RSG-luisteraars 20 jaar met inspirerende stories meegevoer het; wat mense op die langpad geselskap gehou het…

Amore ’N TYD VIR GEVAARLIK LEEF
THE VOICES OF ANGELS

THE VOICES OF ANGELS

YOU could hear a pin drop as the conductor raises her arms, the eyes of the children standing in a half-circle formation in front of her glued on her next command. Then she moves her hands and the choir bursts into a perfectly harmonised rendition of Las Amarillas, the traditional Mexican song by Stephen Hatfield. It’s enough to bring goose bumps to your flesh and a lump to your throat – a beautiful sound filling the room from a chorus of exceptional voices. Listening to them rehearsing at Goodwood Park Primary School in Cape Town, it’s easy to see why the Tygerberg Children’s Choir (TCC) has been making waves lately. The choir, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, has just returned home from the UK where they won two major awards in the…

SURPRISE APPEARANCES AROUND THE UK A LUNCH WITH ROYALTY PICNICS AND PARTIES IN THE SUNSHINE WITH SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS

‘William took my Return of the King beer and said he’ll ask his dad if he’s tried it’ As the nation came together at street parties and celebrations up and down the country, the royal family thrilled revellers by dropping in to join some of them for lunch. The Prince and Princess of Wales surprised royal fans enjoying the Coronation Big Lunch in Windsor, while the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh joined celebrations in Surrey. Elsewhere, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie mingled with locals on a village green in Buckinghamshire and the Princess Royal and husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence attended a street party in Swindon. TUCKING IN More than 67,000 Coronation Big Lunch community events took place in all four corners of the UK as the country was encouraged to share food…

SURPRISE APPEARANCES AROUND THE UK A LUNCH WITH ROYALTY PICNICS AND PARTIES IN THE SUNSHINE WITH SOME VERY SPECIAL GUESTS

DIE KAT SE SNOR

CHOUPETTE het ’n probleem. Sy is na meer spogpartytjies genooi as wat haar program toelaat, en haar hanteerders kan nie besluit watter A-lys-geleentheid die beroemdste kat ter wêreld sal laat spin en watter haar sal laat naels wys nie. Jy sien, haar eertydse eienaar is in die nuus. Die modewêreld het reggemaak om die ontslape legendariese ontwerper Karl Lagerfeld, ook bekend as Monsieur Choupette, op vanjaar se Met Gala vroeër vandeesmaand in New York te vereer. In daardie tyd het sy beroemde kat in die jongste uitgawe van Vogue verskyn – in die arms van Naomi Campbell op ’n foto wat deur die ikoniese fotograaf Annie Leibovitz geneem is. Daarbenewens word ’n biografiese rolprent oor Karl beplan met Jared Leto in die hoofrol, en ’n Disney+-reeks, Kaiser Karl, met Daniel Brühl in…

DIE KAT SE SNOR

WINNING STYLE RUNS IN THE FAMILY BAFTA T.V. AWARDS KATE WINSLET AND DAUGHTER MIA MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

‘I would give half this statuette to my daughter. We did this together, kiddo’Kate Winslet It was a night of glitz, glam and gongs as the stars of the small screen descended upon London’s Royal Festival Hall for the 2023 Bafta Television Awards. But it was extra special for mother-daughter team Kate Wins let and Mia Threapleton as they proved the apple never falls far from the tree. The Oscar winner arrived at the event, which was partnered by P&O Cruises, with 22-year-old Mia, her co-star in TV drama I am Ruth – and paid her a touching tribute when she was named Leading Actress. “I am guaranteed to be the only one of the night to cry,” said a visibly emotional Kate, 47, after kissing husband Edward Abel Smith and stepping on…

WINNING STYLE RUNS IN THE FAMILY BAFTA T.V. AWARDS KATE WINSLET AND DAUGHTER MIA MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER

DIS LENTE in hul lewe

Klein Lente Ivy lê rustig in Ma Melissa se arms terwyl haar pa, die gewilde tenoor en eens operasanger Jannie Moolman, skaars sy oë van sy piepklein dogtertjie kan afhou. Lente is tydens ons onderhoud drie weke oud. Stroopsoet, gelukkig, gekoester en volmaak. ’n Prentjie van ’n kind met diepblou oë en ’n bos swart hare. Salig onbewus van die bewondering wat sy uitlok. Nie ’n “ê” kom uit haar mond nie. ’n Mens kan sien die kleinding kraai ná ’n lang wagtyd koning in hul huis op Hartbeespoort. Pa Jannie dra ’n gemaklike kleurryke Josefbroek en Ma Melissa, ’n tandarts van beroep, is informeel en sommer kaalvoet in ’n swart kortbroek en toppie geklee. Reg vir aksie. Die jeugdige Jannie, wat al sy 55ste rit om die son aangepak het, lyk…

DIS LENTE in hul lewe
CAMPFIRE TALES…

CAMPFIRE TALES…

AN Austrian lady, very much a city girl, had accompanied her hubby on our hunt. Coming across some eland dung, I picked up a grape-sized pellet to roll between my thumb and forefinger. Hearing a gasp, I turned to see her expression of utmost disgust as she stared at the dung pellet. “Euw!” she exclaimed, “Was machst du?” Surprised, I raised it to show her, and she recoiled in horror. “I’ll explain later,” I said. I wanted to hunt the eland. Back at the lodge, after showering, we gathered at the lapa. The lady kept a polite distance, but after the meal I broached the subject as we sat around the fire. “You seemed horrified that I handled a scat,” I said. “Yes, I think it’s disgusting!” “Well, perhaps no more…

SO HOT THIS WINTER

THE TREND METALLIC MAGIC Brighten up gloomy days in sparkly fabrics and edits such as shiny foiled and sequined pieces. THETREND THIGH-HIGH BOOTS Pair skirts and stockings with over-the-knee boots for an ultra-trendy look this season. 2 Pointed toe block-heel boots by Sexy with Attitude R1 399, YDE THE TREND FEELING FUSCHIA Delight in bright pinks this season. Whether in solids or patterns, you’ll have plenty to choose from. THE TREND PLATFORM BOOTS Step up your outfit with elevated platform boots in all styles and colours. Pair with skirts for an edgy look. THE TREND FRINGE FABULOUS Add movement, drama and edge to your look with fringed and tasseled pieces. THE TREND COWBOY-STYLE BOOTS Rock these versatile boots with anything from dresses and skirts to leggings for a bohemian look. THE TREND PUFFY STUFF Turn up the heat with puffy pieces in special cuts and styles such as cropped jackets for…

SO HOT THIS WINTER

CORONATION MEMORIES

Although King Charles, Queen Camilla and the rest of the royal family took centre stage at the coronation service at Westminster Abbey, many other people were integral to the day. The historic event only came together after a tremendous amount of work was put in behind the scenes, from the military personnel who took part in the processions to the people who organised street closures and those who broadcast the day’s events live to the world. In addition, there were some participants whose involvement in proceedings got the whole country talking. Three people who had a special role to play share their stories. PENNY MORDAUNT She’s both Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Privy Council, but Conservative MP Penny Mordaunt has admitted that she needed a little…

CORONATION MEMORIES

MENINGS OOR STORIES OP HUISGENOOT.COM

1 ‘DIT WAS NIÉ OOR HOUSEWIVES’ Dis nie oor haar uitlatings dat haar man vroeg aftree as grootbaas by die KWV nie, hou Anita Lloyd van Die Real Housewives van die Wynlande vol Ek het ook nogal daaroor gewonder. Maar ek is bly om te hoor alles wat aangaan pla of skeel haar maar eintlik min. Dit is so tipies Anita, sy het duidelik nie ’n saak met wat mense dink nie. Ek is mal daaroor. MORNÉ Die KWV het mos nou ook al gesê die proses vir haar man om uit te tree, en om vir hom ’n plaasvervanger te kry, het al maande voor die program begin. En sy mag mos met haar man en sy maatskappy spog. ANSIE Ek leef maar my eie lewe. Het nog nooit die waarde van werklikheidstelevisie verstaan nie.…

MENINGS OOR STORIES OP HUISGENOOT.COM
TUINDIENS VIR DIE DOOIES

TUINDIENS VIR DIE DOOIES

TOE hy so drie jaar gelede ’n vriendin na haar ma se graf in Pretoria vergesel, sou hy nooit kon droom dit sou sy eerste tree op ’n nuwe lewenspad wees nie. By die begraafplaas was Dries Bekker (43) geskok oor die verwaarlosing wat hy om hom gesien het. Lang gras, onkruid, grafstene wat oorleun… Ja, die stadsraad doen maar selde instandhouding, het sy vriendin gekla toe sy die blomme neersit. En dan ook nie baie goed nie. Dis vir haar moeilik om self haar ma se graf netjies te hou, en sy het nie die nodige toerusting nie. “Toe dink ek, wat help dit ons sit vandag ’n vars ruiker op en sê: ‘Hallo, Ma, hier is jou blomme; ons sien jou maar later weer,’ en dan stap ons weg,” onthou Dries. Op…

SKIN WARRIOR

RETINOL, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – ask any skincare guru which ingredients they swear by and these three would probably be on their lineup. And while they no doubt deserve the hype, there’s a new skin saviour that’s been getting a lot of buzz for its numerous benefits and versatility for almost any skincare concern and skin type – niacinamide. To help us find out more about this star ingredient, including who should be using it and how to incorporate it into your skincare routine, we reached out to skincare expert Tzvia Hermann, founder and co-owner of the local Laser Beautique skincare franchise. WHAT IS NIACINAMIDE? Niacinamide, also called nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B3 (niacin) found in supplements, skincare products, and food. “Vitamin B3 is an antioxidant which supports many…

SKIN WARRIOR

WITH A BABY ON THE WAY KATE FERDINAND ON HOW TO FIND A ROLE IN A BLENDED FAMILY

When Kate Ferdinand first started speaking out about the experience of being part of a blended family, she could never have envisaged how it would grow. Following initial struggles when she became stepmother to ex-footballer husband Rio’s three children, she decided to open up about her feelings in a TV documentary and, most recently, on her own podcast. Her community grew and she is now regarded as a figurehead for others going through the same experience – something she never thought would happen. “I’ve got to be honest: when I started out, I just felt alone. I didn’t know what to do,” Kate tells HELLO! in an exclusive interview. “I thought: ‘I’m just going to share my story,’ and I was overwhelmed – and still am to this day – by everyone’s response…

WITH A BABY ON THE WAY KATE FERDINAND ON HOW TO FIND A ROLE IN A BLENDED FAMILY
SADDLING UP FOR PARENTHOOD, CHAMPION RIDER NATASHA BAKER AND HUSBAND MARC JACONELLI SHARE THEIR UNBRIDLED LOVE FOR NEW BABY SON JOSHUA FIO

SADDLING UP FOR PARENTHOOD, CHAMPION RIDER NATASHA BAKER AND HUSBAND MARC JACONELLI SHARE THEIR UNBRIDLED LOVE FOR NEW BABY SON JOSHUA FIO

‘Out of everything I’ve done, Joshua is definitely my biggest achievement. It feels like I was always meant to be a mum’ As a Paralympic equestrian champion, it was a big moment when Natasha Baker introduced her newborn son to her beloved horse Lottie. And as these precious first family photos show, the meeting went very well indeed, with Lottie affectionately nudging her silky nose against the tiny legs of the newest addition to the family, whose name, HELLO! can reveal, is Joshua Fio Jaconelli. “Lottie absolutely loves him,” says Natasha, 33, joining husband Marc Jaconelli, 31, at her parents’ livery yard in West London to proudly introduce their first child to us. “She is the gentlest horse in the world and she literally went up to his head and snuggled into his…

MY BIG DAY WAS A 12 OUT OF 10!

THE five Olympic rings once symbolised the ultimate dream for her, the pinnacle of success, the biggest test of her talent. But the rings she now wears on her left hand mean more to her than any medal she’s won at the greatest sporting spectacle on Earth – because they symbolise the “forever love” she’s found. Simone Biles, whose extraordinary career as a gymnast earned her a record number of medals and a $16-million (R303m) fortune, had longed for a big wedding ceremony since she was a little girl. And what a beautiful fairytale her nuptials turned out to be. Tiny Simone and lofty American footballer Jonathan Owens exchanged vows in a dreamy ceremony at the luxury Nobu Los Cabos hotel in Cabo, Mexico, under a bridal arch entwined with white blooms. The…

MY BIG DAY WAS A 12 OUT OF 10!
CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE THE PRINCE’S TRUST STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP GATHERS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE AS THE KING CROWNS AWARD WINNERS

CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE MAKING A DIFFERENCE THE PRINCE’S TRUST STAR-STUDDED LINE-UP GATHERS AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE AS THE KING CROWNS AWARD WINNERS

‘You are such a modern King. I’m so proud of you’Geri Horner It’s been a source of pride for the King for almost two decades, but the Prince’s Trust Awards shone even brighter last week, when His Majesty crowned the first winners since becoming monarch. And it was a suitably star-studded affair as an array of famous faces, from Holly Willoughby to Geri Horner, lent their support. On Tuesday, a glittering line-up of celebrities, including human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and her actor husband George, walked the red carpet for the 19th Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & HomeSense Awards. This Morning star and Prince’s Trust ambassador Holly dazzled as she presented the Young Change Maker award alongside Hollywood star Stanley Tucci. The following day, Holly was rubbing shoulders with royalty again, this time…

PARTY’S OVER

PARTY’S OVER

TO ALL intents and purposes, it’s a piece of moulded plastic with a lid, yet it has the ability to ruin family harmony like little else. Forget to bring mom’s container back after taking some leftovers to a friend, and you’ll be persona non grata. Lose a lid, and you won’t be spoken to for days. Toss one of her precious bakkies into the wrong cupboard, and you’ll hear about it for months. There’s just something about Tupperware that brings out the fierceness in mothers. But beware, o ye of little Tupper respect: your mom is about to get a lot more tigerish around her treasured tubs now. After 77 years, the company famous for its kitchenware is struggling to stay afloat in the face of fierce competition, glitzy gadgets and anti-plastic consumers. “There’s substantial…

‘BETER AS ’N GOUE MEDALJE’

HOOR ’n mens haar naam, sien jy ’n gespierde gimnas wat deur die lug tol en die een verstommende flik-flak ná die ander doen, op pad na nóg ’n goue medalje. En Simone Biles het hope van hulle – genoeg vir kenners om te sê sy is waarskynlik die beste gimnas wat daar al ooit was. Maar nou pryk daar iets aan haar linkerhand wat haar veel breër laat glimlag as Olimpiese medaljes – haar trouring. Dis nie besonder spoggerig nie, sommer net ’n eenvoudige pand wat sy aanlyn bestel het. En dis nie asof Simone nie ’n duurder een kon bekostig nie. Haar merkwaardige loopbaan het haar al ’n fortuin van $16 miljoen (sowat 304 miljoen) besorg. Maar dié ringetjie wys dat sy nou met die Amerikaanse voetbalspeler Jonathan Owens getroud…

‘BETER AS ’N GOUE MEDALJE’

SET TO WELCOME GRANDCHILD NO. 3 SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK ON WHY SHE IS THE ‘BEST GRANNY EVER’ — AND THOSE ROYAL LODGE RUMOURS

‘I take every day as it comes’ As a proud mother and grandmother, family is never far from Sarah, Duchess of York’s mind – and that was certainly the case when the author and charity campaigner attended a glittering event in Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá, last week. Catching up with ¡HOLA! TV at the Fernando Montaño gala at the Colón Theatre, Sarah opened up about becoming a grandmother for the third time, revealing when younger daughter Princess Eugenie’s second child should arrive. “The baby is due by the end of May, I think. So it’s any minute now,” said Sarah, who is also “granny” to Eugenie’s two-year-old son August and Princess Beatrice’s daughter Sienna, one. “I’m probably one of the best grannies ever, the best abuela [Spanish for grandmother] ever, because I think like…

SET TO WELCOME GRANDCHILD NO. 3 SARAH, DUCHESS OF YORK ON WHY SHE IS THE ‘BEST GRANNY EVER’ — AND THOSE ROYAL LODGE RUMOURS

CELEBRATING TURNING EIGHT WITH A TRIP TO THE BALLET PRINCESS CHARLOTTE IS ALL SMILES IN TWO NEW PORTAITS RELEASED TO MARK HER BIRTHDAY

The young royal not only ‘rules the roost’, she also takes care of big brother George Grinning broadly, Princess Charlotte is all grown up in these new photographs to mark her eighth birthday. The images include one captured by her mother the Princess of Wales at their home in Windsor, with the young royal in a white smock dress, decorated with tiny blue flowers, leaning back in a wicker chair and smiling into the camera. In the other, taken by photographer Millie Pilkington, the Princess is seen in a meadow of flowers, cuddling the family’s beloved black cocker spaniel Orla. GRANDFATHER’S LOVE Charlotte’s grandfather the King and the Queen were among those sending good wishes, resharing one of the images online with the caption: “Happy 8th birthday to Princess Charlotte,” accompanied by a party popper…

CELEBRATING TURNING EIGHT WITH A TRIP TO THE BALLET PRINCESS CHARLOTTE IS ALL SMILES IN TWO NEW PORTAITS RELEASED TO MARK HER BIRTHDAY
THREE RIFLES

THREE RIFLES

WITH today’s high cost of living, many cannot afford a multi-rifle battery, so, to kit yourself out for general plains game hunting you need to choose wisely and conservatively. Shotguns do not fall within the scope of this article. The perfect all-round calibre does not exist, so a one-rifle hunter must be prepared to pass up many opportunities. Two rifles are better; three make life a lot brighter. So, let’s discuss a three-rifle battery for the average South African hunter who buys ammunition off the shelves or reloads to make his calibres more versatile. Obviously, personal preference and circumstances will dictate the choices; the following are my own thoughts which may or may not help you to decide. The species you will mostly be hunting and the terrain in which you hunt…

WINNING LETTER

NOBODY does pomp and ceremony quite like the British royals. The coronation was a spectacle like no other and at times some if it felt surreal. I wonder what went through the minds of Charles and Camilla as they took part in ancient rituals and traditions that were created in a very different time. Did William and Kate consider their futures as they saw the crowns placed upon the king and queen’s heads? Did Prince George truly understand what was happening? Did Harry feel relief or regret as he watched it all unfold? Although steeped in centuries-old tradition, Charles’ coronation ceremony reflected a bit of the modernity his reign is likely to embrace. His guest list, sustainable materials used in the ceremony, his slimmed down list of working royals – all were…

WINNING LETTER