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  • Reversing the Red to halt species extinction.

    South Africa has done much and has lots to be proud of. But way more still needs to be done. South Africa is one of only 17 megadiverse countries on earth, meaning it’s home to a large number of species and harbours a high number of endemic species, too. Yet a significant number of South African species face dire threats from a variety of sources putting their very survival at risk and jeopardising South Africa’s rich and priceless natural heritage. The was a key takeout of yesterday's South African satellite event of the Reverse the Red World Species Congress that saw speakers from a broad range of national conservation and biodiversity organisations, NPOS, public-sector and special interest groups come together to take stock of the status of species conservation in South Africa; work that’s being done to save species (some of which are on the very brink of extinction) and address species conservation challenges that remain unmet. The South African satellite event took place in the context of the White Paper on Conservation and Sustainable Use. This Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) document gives four goals for conservation in South Africa: sustainable use, access, benefit sharing and transformation. “These goals demand that we think creatively and do things differently,” said senior DFFE environmental consultant, Ms Mukondi Matshusa. “We need to reimagine conservation in South Africa to ensure that conservation efforts serve communities. For our most noble and urgent conservation work needs community support if it is to succeed.” In setting the scene at the commencement of the South African online event, threatened species programme manager at the SA National Biodiversity Institute, Ms Domitilla Raimondo said that South Africa has committed to a biodiversity convention to prevent species extinction. This commitment includes applying action for recovery and conserving species that are near to extinction; maintaining and restoring genetic diversity within populations and effectively managing interaction between people and wildlife to minimise conflict and maximise co-existence. “It amounts to a commitment to restore what we have lost, and conserve what we have,” Ms Raimondo told delegates. “South Africa has made great strides in species conservation. We have the expertise, the track record and the scientific and biodiversity proficiency to effectively halt rapid decline of species toward extinction. We have done well and, in many respects, set best practice standards that other regions and nations follow. However, much remains to be done." “South Africans cannot be complacent. Guarding against extinction is a time-consuming process that demands much. It demands collaboration and partnerships. It demands intimate understanding of the relationship between species and human beings so that interactions are respectful of people, their communities; and respectful of species and of biodiversity, too. South Africa is well equipped in these areas. However, we need to significantly scale up the national material investment in species conservation if we are to meet our biodiversity convention commitments.” South Africa has conducted red list assessments for 12 taxonomic groups. These assessments are aligned to International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List guidelines for regional assessment of species. Findings give a clear indication of just how threatened South Africa’s biodiversity is. Thirty five of our freshwater fish species are either endangered or critically endangered. This amounts to little under a third of fish species in South Africa’s fresh waters. To reverse this, Ms Raimondo said, South Africa must significantly scale up its investment. In the last five years R18.6 million has been invested in conserving freshwater fish species. It’s estimated that this investment must grow ninefold to effectively take each endangered or critically endangered species off of those lists. Similarly, she said, eleven amphibian species are in desperate need of protection. To give them that protection, investment assigned to conservation measures will need to be scaled up fourfold from R22.3 million invested since 2019 to an investment of R92.5 million over the next five years. It’s going to take about R965 million to save the 16 South African bird species in urgent need of recovery intervention; and more than R2 billion to ensure survival of the black rhino, wild dog and riverine rabbit. More than 100 plant species are in urgent need of recovery action. Work is underway right now to save only 14 percent of those (15 different plant species). The estimated average cost to save plant species is significantly more accessible than saving animal species: estimated at around zaR2.8 million per plant species over a five year period as opposed to an average of zaR13.2 per mammal species and zaR44.2 per bird species. South Africa, Ms Raimondo said, has people – professionals and citizen scientists alike – who work passionately to save species. Ours was the first country to quantify and catalogue which of its species required recovery intervention. South Africa was also the first country to systematically identify species that qualify for recovery in each of the taxonomic groups. There remains more to do. Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is possible. More than this, it’s extremely likely. However, success demands significant investment of time, money and an extensive committed, invested partnership network that includes conservationists, NGOs, public sector policy makers, the private sector and, critically, communities and persons who derive a living from natural resources. Reverse the Red is a global movement for strategic cooperation and action to ensure the survival of wild species and ecosystems and reverse the negative trend of biodiversity loss. The movement provides the tools and expertise to empower governments, partners, and local communities to set and reach biodiversity conservation targets and celebrates and amplifies successful achievements for species. The South African satellite conference of Reverse the Red took place remotely and was attended by delegates from SANBI, the National Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, the Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa, SA National Parks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, Birdlife South Africa, the Botanical Society of South Africa, and the Two Oceans Aquarium Foundation. Philanthropists interested in helping save species on the brink of extinction may contact the Endangered Wildlife Trust (for animals): Lauren Waller LaurenW@ewt.org.za or the Botanical Society (for plants): Martina Treurnicht M.Treurnicht@botanicalsociety.org.za.

  • The Celebrations: Mother's Day with South Africa's Stars

    Every year, South Africa joins the world in showering our mothers with love and appreciation. It's a day to reflect on the incredible strength and dedication our moms show every single day, not just for us, but for the generations to come. And guess what? Our favourite celebrities are no different! We're so used to seeing our stars' polished and glamorous side on social media, but Mother's Day brings a heartwarming change. Celebrities are sharing heartfelt tributes to the amazing women they cherish every day. Here, we take a look at the touching ways your favourite South African personalities and sporting heroes are marking this special occasion. While Mother's Day is celebrated on the many different days globally, here in Mzansi, we celebrate it on the second Sunday of May. Scroll on to see the emotional messages and family photos. ACTRESS, SINGER, TV-PRODUCER & ENTREPRENEUR - Dineo Langa Image credit: Picture supplied - Dineo and her mom, Kgomotso "KG" Moeketsi. "To the most spectacular Mother I could have ever asked for. This Mother's Day, I want you to know how cherished you are and how grateful I am for you. Life may life but I sit at the point of privilege of having you as a Mom. I love you to no end, my Mom. Happy Mother's Day." Dineo plans to spoil her mom today and give her a special lunch and a relaxing massage. PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Corbin Bosch Image credit: Picture supplied - Corbin and his mom, Karen-Anne. "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. Happy Mother's Day Mom x" Corbin plans to spend the Monday evening with his mom and family celebrating over a huge dinner, as his mom is travelling. SPORTS BROADCASTER - Layla Arrison. Image credit: Pictures supplied - Layla and her mom, Desireé "On this special day, purely dedicated to you I want to recoginise you for your unwavering support, love that knows no bounds and endless sacrifices. Your guidance, a light in the darkest times. Your love is the foundation upon which our lives are built. Happy Mothers day!" She said she was a few couple of thousand km's away from her mom, but her sister would be there celebrating for them both. A special wish and call and she is there in spirit. PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Junior Dala Image credit: Pictures supplied - Junior with his mom Beatrice & Wife who is a mom-to-be to twin boys, Jess "I want to wish the incredible women in my life a very Happy mother's day. How lucky am I to have such incredible, strong women surrounding me." They plan on spending the day celebrating together. PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S RUGBY PLAYER - Zintle Mpupha Image credit: Pictures supplied - Zintle and her mom, Nomatheko. "My Rock, My why... Happy Mother's Day to the incredible women who have shaped my life with love, wisdom, and endless support. Mom, your strength and kindness inspire me every day. To all the mother figures in my life and mothers around the world, your selflessness and compassion make the world a better place. Thank you for all that you do. Today and every day, you are cherished and celebrated. She will unfortunately not be with Mom on this special day BUT she has given her big brother strict orders to take mom out for a Sunday Breakfast feast! PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Daryn Dupavillon Image credit: Pictures supplied - Daryn, wife & new mom Taubin and their daughter Delta-Rose. "Wishing you the happiest of Mother's Day! I’m so proud of you and how you've taken everything in your stride and how you're growing into the most incredible mum to our baby Delta. Happy Mother's day." Daryn is home visiting the family from the UK as he is currently playing country cricket so they will be celebrating together at home as a family. This Mother's Day, we celebrate the incredible women behind our favourite stars, the ones who nurtured them and shaped them into the phenomenal people they are today. So let's raise a glass (or a cup of rooibos tea!) to all the Mzansi moms – your dedication and love inspire us all! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOMS - THE GRAND-MOMS, THE STEP-MOMS, THE DOG MOMS, THE CAT MOMS, THE GOD-MOMS, THE FOSTER-MOMS, THE AUNTS, THE BIG SISTERS, the any shape or form of mom, we celebrate you today!

  • MSC CRUISES CONFIRMS ORDERS WITH CHANTIERS DE L’ATLANTIQUE FOR TWO NEW ENVIRONMENTALLY WORLD-CLASS SHIPS.

    MSC Cruises today confirmed the order of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered vessels with French ship builder Chantiers de l’Atlantique. This sees the two World Class options confirmed as firm orders with an option for a fifth ship. The two new ordered vessels – currently referred to as World Class 3 and 4 - will be delivered in 2026 and 2027. MSC World Europa and MSC World America are already the most energy efficient ships in the industry performing significantly better than the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) requirement, and the new ships will be an evolution of the state-of-the-art World Class prototype with innovative solutions to maximise the energy efficiency, with extensive use of heat recovery and other technological solutions, which will see the vessels having an even further reduced carbon footprint. In addition, the new ships will be ready for a variety of alternative fuels including bio and synthetic methane and green methanol.  The ships will also be fitted with the next generation dual fuel internal combustion engines with reduced methane slip. Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive Chairman, MSC Cruises, said, “We are proud to continue our 20-year partnership with the Chantiers de l’Atlantique, with whom we have already built 18 ships with our 19th under construction. The World Class is a truly innovative prototype and together we are building some of the most advanced ships in the world. We are committed to researching and investing in future environmental technologies as they become available, to ensure we continue progressing on our decarbonisation journey to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.” Laurent Castaing, General Manager, Chantiers de l’Atlantique added, “At a difficult time for the European shipbuilding industry, MSC Cruises has shown its confidence in our abilities and skills with this order. We would therefore like to express our gratitude to MSC Cruises for its renewed confidence at this crucial time. In addition, MSC Cruises, always seeking to reduce the environmental impact of its ships quickly and significantly, has accepted a significant cost premium to improve the energy efficiency of these new ships which, according to the IMO's EEDI index, will emit 50% less CO2 than the IMO's 2008 benchmark.” Castaing continued, “We would also like to thank our government, whose support for our R&D policy to make our ships greener has enabled us to meet the customer's expectations for this order.” The new World Class vessels will feature shore power plug-in connectivity to reduce carbon emissions in port, the most advanced wastewater treatment systems designed in line with the IMO, new advances in waste management, and a comprehensive range of onboard energy efficient equipment to optimise engine use and hotel energy needs to further reduce emissions. The two new orders will be subject to access to financing, as per industry practice.

  • LUXURY WINTER ESCAPES AT TINTSWALO IN CAPE TOWN.

    Tintswalo has launched a winter deal at each of its two Cape Town boutique hotels, offering special rates and extra treats during the cooler months (valid for travel until 31 August 2024). Tick the bucket list with a stay at one of Cape Town’s most coveted travel and food experiences. Tintswalo Atlantic is one of few places in the world to offer 5-star hospitality so close to the crashing waves of the untamed Atlantic Ocean. Set below Chapman’s Peak Drive, Tintswalo Atlantic is known for its luxurious island suite accommodation and generous extras. These include a welcome bottle of wine in every room, sunset canapés and cocktail of the day, and extravagant, multi-course breakfast served overlooking the ocean. The winter offer furthermore includes Liam Tomlin’s legendary Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic Tapas for 2. The 3-course menu is served at your choice of lunch or dinner with a bread course to start with, all included in the winter offer at R9440 for two people sharing per night. On the other side of the Cape Peninsula, Tintswalo Boulders offers direct access to Boulders Beach and its world-famous resident colony of endangered African penguins. Paying homage to maritime history and its location in the naval town, Tintswalo Boulders is elegantly furnished with open-plan lounge and dining areas where cozy fireplaces create a warm sanctuary against the Cape of storms. Gather around the fire pit in the courtyard or relax on the spacious terraces with sea views overlooking the penguin colony. Children are welcome and have access to a TV room and a playroom stocked with books and toys, as well as the heated plunge pool. The winter deal includes sundowner canapés, a wholesome 3-course family dinner, and the legendary Tintswalo breakfast prepared by the in-house chef. (Ranging between R4040 and R5000 per night for two people sharing, depending on the room category) This winter, cocoon and enjoy the little luxuries in life - soak in a deep bubble bath, don fluffy gowns and slippers to snuggle up next to a fireplace, and indulge in room service while admiring the views from your luxury room at Tintswalo Atlantic or Tintswalo Boulders. It’s time to celebrate life and share an unforgettable experience with loved ones and friends! @Tintswalolodges

  • Happy Event - Self-care for expectant mothers

    This Mother’s Day, it's a time to celebrate and prioritise self-care for expectant mothers. A mother's journey into pregnancy is a magical time, filled with joy, and wonder. It is a time to be celebrated, cherished, and nurtured. Self-care during pregnancy is paramount, as it not only supports the physical changes occurring within the body but also nurtures the emotional and mental well-being of expectant mothers. Amidst the whirlwind of pregnancy, carving out moments for yourself can bring about relaxation, alleviate stress, and even create a deeper connection with the growing life within. Dry brushing is a gentle yet effective practice that rejuvenates the skin and promotes overall well-being. It involves using a natural bristle brush to gently exfoliate the skin, unclog pores, and promote detoxification by increasing blood circulation and lymph flow. During pregnancy, when the body undergoes significant changes, dry brushing offers expectant mothers a natural way to nurture and care for their skin. Happy Event Body Oil is a luxurious addition to any self-care routine, especially during pregnancy. Our 100% natural formulation combines the power of olive, argan, marula, baobab, and oat oils for a nourishing blend. Naturally fragranced with lavender essential oil, it’s perfect for scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and dry skin. This dermatologist-approved oil is your path to radiant, healthy skin. When used in conjunction with dry brushing, Happy Event Body Oil enhances the benefits of both practices. Start by dry brushing the skin to gently exfoliate and stimulate blood circulation, then apply Happy Event Body Oil to nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple, and radiant. This combination not only promotes healthy skin but also leaves you feeling great and relaxed. This Mother's Day, make Happy Event Body Oil a must-have addition to your self-care routine. Prioritise yourself and embrace the beauty of motherhood. Celebrate this special journey with the rejuvenating effects of dry brushing and Happy Event Body Oil. Indulge in the joy of pampering yourself during this precious time. Learn more at https://www.happyevent.co.za/ Follow Happy Event on social media: Facebook: Happy Event Instagram: @happyeventskincare_sa

  • For the love of heritage: celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Tequila Don Julio.

    The vibrant spirit of Mexican culture has begun filling the air as Cinco De Mayo slowly approaches and what better way to celebrate than with a glass of Don Julio tequila in hand. The iconic Mexican brand embodies the essence of quality, tradition, and craftsmanship, making it the perfect companion for honouring this historic day. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's victory over the French Empire on May 5 th, 1862. While often misunderstood as Mexico's Independence Day (which is celebrated on September 16), Cinco de Mayo holds significant cultural importance as a celebration of Mexican heritage, collective effort and triumph. The last few year’s have triggered an incredible tequila renaissance that has taken the world by storm. The versatile spirit’s stratospheric rise has seen Don Julio as the supreme tequila of choice for consumers, befitting for the luxury tequila to be at the epicenter of celebrations. “Even oceans apart we celebrate not just a victory in history, but the triumph of culture, resilience, and the joy of shared moments. Amidst the diverse landscapes and cultures between Mexico and South Africa, we find a shared appreciation for moments of triumph, unity, and celebration. Don Julio - with its rich heritage and exceptional craftsmanship - serves as a bridge connecting us to the vibrant spirit of Mexico.” shared Don Julio brand manager at DIAGEO Mpimy Mashimbye. “As we come together to commemorate Cinco de Mayo, we recognise that this day symbolises far more than a historical victory—it embodies the resilience of a people, the power of unity, and the triumph of hope over adversity,” Mashimbye adds. Moreover, as a country known for its vibrant multiculturalism, South Africa embraces the opportunity to celebrate and learn from diverse cultures around the world. Cinco de Mayo offers a chance to explore Mexican traditions, cuisine, and, of course, tequila, adding to the rich tapestry of cultural exchanges that define South African society. As a rallying cry to join Mexico in a celebration of rich history and exceptional tequila Mashimbye adds; “As we gather in South Africa to raise our glasses in honour of Cinco de Mayo, let us embrace the universal language of joy, camaraderie, and appreciation for our shared humanity. With Don Julio as our companion, we toast to the enduring legacy of this historic day, uniting cultures and hearts across continents in spirit, continuing on a path forged by love for people, land and tequila. “

  • CELEBRATE YOUR MOM AND ALL MOTHER FIGURES THIS MOTHER'S DAY WITH WOOLIES.

    Every South African family is unique, but one thing we can all agree on is that every mother figure deserves to be showered with love and appreciation. From mothers to supportive aunts, nurturing grandmothers and family friends, Woolworths is here to help you find the perfect gifts for all, this Mother's Day. With an array of products spanning fashion, beauty, homeware, chocolates, confectionery, and more, you can choose from a carefully curated a list of gifts to suit every kind of mother and celebrate what makes her unique. Delight her senses, tug at her heartstrings and celebrate her for the incredible supermom she is, all with a little bit of gift inspiration, courtesy of Woolies: For the fashion forward mom: There is nothing like a wardrobe refresh to help mom stand out from the crowd. A soft touch crew neck cardigan or a luxury cashmere jumper is guaranteed to elevate her everyday look. Help her further enhance her style with a range of accessories. Think thick huggie earrings, a camera bag, a lock bucket bag, a split collar poncho or a super-trendy beret to complete the look. And in support of sustainably sourced cotton, encourage her to end a long day in the warmth and comfort of a 100% cotton Motherhood Nightie and a pair of hug-your-feet slippers from Woolies slipper range. Beauty for her: Treat the special mother figures in your life to a little something from the Woolworths premium beauty offering. Choose from the Distraction Luna Kiss Shimmer Mist, the Distraction Luna Kiss Eau de Parfum and the Distraction Gift Set, all made from locally produced, responsibly sourced ingredients. And if she’s looking to add that final touch of distinction to her outfit of the day, the Joie Eau de Parfum will do just that. Queen of the home: Every mom deserves homeware that represents her own unique style. And you'll be spoilt for choice thanks to a carefully curated Mother’s Day homeware range, boasting Shell Dinner Plates, Ribbed Pink Glass Mugs, a Shell Cake Stand or even an Acacia Wood Cake Stand. Any choice from this list will help her elevate her high tea experience and make any tablescape she creates elegant and sophisticated. Help her design her ideal space further with a Haute Diffuser or a beautiful scented candle. Top off with a 100% Cotton Knitted Throw with Tassels and gift bag and card to complete the spoil. All Woolworths gift bags are locally made from FSC®-Certified forests and recycled materials. Forever flowers: No celebration of mom is complete without a bouquet. Extend the day’s celebrations with the fresher for longer Mom Bouquet and Make Her Day flower arrangements. And for those who'd like their gift to last longer, the Berry Orchid is a perfect choice. A unique palette: A beautifully decorated tablescape deserves an accompaniment of the sweetest treats. Spoil your mom with an indulgent and delectable range of chocolates and confectionery, guaranteed to delight her sweet tooth. Choose from the Woolworths Floral Tray Bake, a vanilla sponge beautifully decorated with all butter strawberry and vanilla icing rosettes or the Berry Tea Cakes, a vanilla sponge with a hint of lemon, dipped in strawberry jam and desiccated coconut. And there's more! What about the Raspberry Rose Gift Cake or perhaps some decadent Mini Eclairs? Woolworths' confections are baked locally with free-range eggs and decorated by hand with butter icing. For the DIY mom, the Bake at Home Dough, with no azo dyes, available in Rainbow Cookie, Chocolate Chip and Caramel Cookie, will be a treat for any home. And for those who prefer something less cake-inspired, try the Salted Caramels, made with condensed milk, butter and sea salt, the Melt-in-the-Mouth Fudge, or traditional Turkish Delight – made in small batches by local communities and using time-honoured artisanal techniques. For the biscuit lovers, choose from the Spiced Stem Ginger Shortbread or Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Shortbread, made from responsibly sourced cocoa products, which helps to drive positive impact on cocoa farmers and their families, while assisting in protecting and preserving nature. A toast to mom: For many, no day of celebration is complete without a pop of fizz or a glass of wine. Woolworths' range of wines and bubbles are sure to add the final pizzazz to a joyful Mother’s Day. Choose from a Steenberg Pinot Noir Brut Rose, a Graham Beck Brut Rose, a Warwick Cape Lady or a Waterford Rosemary to toast the mom and mother figures in your life. Give her the choice: And for those who prefer to let mom choose her own perfect gift, Woolworths offers the convenient option of gift cards, guaranteed to make every mom feel spoiled and appreciated. Shop these carefully curated gift options online or in-store and find the perfect gift this Mother's Day.

  • NEXT24 showcases 24 South African brands ready to take on the world.

    An exciting curated selection of craft and design brands from all corners of South Africa, chosen for their potential to enter the international market, will be on display as part of NEXT24, at Decorex Cape Town from 6-9 June 2024 at the CTICC. The annual NEXT trade exhibition, which was launched in 2018, is proudly presented by the Craft and Design Institute (CDI), a South African non-profit with more than two decades of success in developing creative people, small businesses, and the craft and design sector at large throughout the country. The seventh iteration of NEXT will see 24 exhibitors showcasing their wares and is coordinated by the CDI’s Fran Stewart. The exhibition is aimed primarily at buyers who are sourcing for the global market but also accommodates interested local retailers. NEXT24 will introduce 12 new participants and will welcome back 12 former exhibitors. First- timers include former Design Indaba Emerging Creatives Leila Atelier and Ananta Design Studio, upcyclers Plasticity, uniquely African jewellery brands Ditakki and Zulu Mien, and Karoo Baba’s Merino sheepskin products. Overall, this year’s cohort places a strong focus on ethical design that ranges from the sourcing of materials to the crafting processes themselves, and prioritises quality over quantity as brand integrity is established in the international market. ‘We’ve seen some stand-out work in our product sessions – fresh, contemporary and exciting – and we can’t wait for the public and buyers to get a glimpse of them at Decorex,’ said Stewart. All NEXT24 exhibitors are coached through the CDI’s export development programme, which has supported more than 70 businesses since inception. This programme has been running for several years and was initiated and run with the support of the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI). NEXT has seen its past participants go on to further success. Last year’s NEXT23 participant Bonolo Chepape of Lulasclan, a uniquely African textile brand, recently opened a store in The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. For Chepape, the CDI’s export training helped her to become ‘export-ready and to identify the sweet spots where I could possibly improve my product and marketing. It was such a valuable programme to be in,’ she said. Alongside the physical exhibition at Decorex Cape Town, which features pieces from all 24 participants and welcomes guests to engage with the exhibitors themselves, a digital catalogue will be made available to those not able to attend the show. There is free trade access for professional sourcing buyers, Interior designers and decorators. Register as a trade visitor for Decorex Cape Town via https://register.decorex.co.za/cape-town/delegate/register/default NEXT24 will be open during Decorex Cape Town show times, as follows: Thursday 6 June 10h00-18h00 Friday 7 June 10h00-18h00 Saturday 8 June 10h00-18h00 Sunday 9 June 10h00-17h00 General public admission tickets to Decorex Cape Town can be bought via Howler: https://decorex.howler.co.za/decorexcpt24 For more information on NEXT visit https://www.thecdi.org.za/ or watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekWIcFTw1IY&list=PLiu5cDANvUayTs0T9ct6tzdKEQAI CSW2s. Follow @TheCraftDesignInstitute on Facebook and @craft_and_design_institute/ on Instagram.

  • Dive into a vibrant celebration of colour from top local interior designers.

    With a refreshing splash of aqua, an energising burst of orange or a calming hint of lavender, colour has the potential to shape the spaces we inhabit both visually and emotionally – and no one knows this better than interior designers and decorators. Which is why three highly regarded local studios will showcase the power of colour in immersive and captivating Plascon Colour Design Pods at this year's Decorex Africa shows. Get ready to dive into a colour experience with Hocus Interior Design Studio, Okhre Collective, and Mezzanine Interiors. Taking to the floor at Decorex Cape Town (6 - 9 June 2024, CTICC) and Decorex Joburg from (1 - 4 August 2024, Sandton Convention Centre), the Plascon Colour Design Pods will push these designers to explore and showcase the diverse and dynamic possibilities of colour using the Plascon Colour Forecast for 2024. Dubbed ‘Vibrant Harmony’, this installation aims to bring together the dynamic world of interior design and the latest colour trends. Mezzanine Interiors was founded in 1999 by interior designer Lee-Ann Bell. The interior design studio and furniture brand based in Johannesburg has an impressive portfolio spanning multiple corporate clients, and residential projects across South Africa and Dubai. Stand-out retail projects include the popular Johannesburg neighbourhood café Croft & Co. Hocus Interior Design Studio, based in Green Point, Cape Town, is another longstanding studio set to demonstrate colour artistry. Established by Marcelle Crowther in 1995, Hocus Interior Design Studio is a stalwart Decorex exhibitor previously named by Anne Roselt, a former Colour Manager at Plascon, as the stand with the most inspiring use of colour. Lastly, Ohkre Collective is a design-led architecture and interior design studio founded by architects Phillip Nel and Heinrich van Zyl. With an impressive team of architects and interior designers, Ohkre has earned a reputation for creating spaces and places that inspire and captivate, such as The Sensorium Spa at Future Found Sanctuary, and is known for numerous beachside residential homes. To create the installation pods, each studio will choose a curated selection of colours from the four colour palettes of Plascon’s 2024 Colour Forecast: The Dive In Colour Palette, Origin Colour Palette, Eternal Colour Palette and Succulent Colour Palette. Dive In’s aquatic allure is captured in nature-inspired blue hues including the vivid Caribbean Sea (G7-A1-2) and North Beach (B4-B1-1), and more gentle Aqua Pura (G7-C2-2) and Innuendo (B3-B1-3); while the Origin Colour Palette blends classic monochromes – Ewa (72) and Light Reflection (Y6-A2-3) – with natural warmth like Rich Spanish Gold (Y1-C1-1), Ginger Biscuit (O1-C1-1) and Turkish Tart (Y2-B1-3). With its dusky, romantic shades, like Grey Archo (P1-E1-3), Ravine (62) and Fragrant Flower (B7-D1-4), the Eternal Colour Palette stands in stark contrast to the Succulent Colour Palette which captures botanical vibrancy in Cedarburg (O4-A1-1), Majestic Mountain (G2- D1-1) and Lemon Tang (Y6-A1-3). ‘Each Plascon Colour Design Pod will serve as a canvas for creativity, allowing the brands to express their unique design vision and highlight the versatility of Plascon’s colour range,’ says Peter N Mukarakate, Colour Specialist at Plascon. ‘We are excited to collaborate with these esteemed brands to create an unforgettable visual experience at Decorex 2024.’ The Plascon Colour Design Pods marks Plascon’s latest involvement in Decorex, after nearly 30 years of longstanding support of the leading decor and design platform in Africa. For more information about the Plascon 2024 Colour Forecast or any other Plascon colours, please contact the Plascon Colour Advice team via email: ColourAdvice@kansaiplascon.co.za. Visit plascon.com for more information. Visit decorex.co.za for more information about the shows. @decorexafrica General admission tickets to Decorex cost R10 less if you buy online ahead of time instead of at the door, and the first 2 000 people who purchase a ticket online will receive a 10% discount voucher for Samsung.com Cape Town ticket prices online Adults: R140 Pensioners/students R110 Children 2- 12 years: R30 Children under 2 free Cape Town ticket prices at the door Adults: R150 Pensioners/students R120 Children 2- 12 years: R30 Children under 2 free Decorex Cape Town Show times: Thursday 6 June 10h00-18h00 Friday 7 June 10h00-18h00 Saturday 8 June 10h00-18h00 Sunday 9 June 10h00-17h00 To buy Decorex Cape Town tickets visit https://decorex.howler.co.za/decorexcpt24 Apply as a trade visitor for Decorex Cape Town here https://register.decorex.co.za/cape- town/delegate/register/default. Joburg ticket prices online Adults: R150 Pensioners/students R110 Children 2- 12 years: R30 Children under 2 free Joburg ticket prices at the door Adults: R160 Pensioners/students R120 Children 2- 12 years: R40 Children under 2 free Decorex Joburg Show times: Thursday 1 August 09h00-18h00 Friday 2 August 09h00-18h00 Saturday 3 August 09h00-18h00 Sunday 4 August 09h00-17h00 To buy Decorex Joburg tickets visit https://decorex.howler.co.za/decorexjhb24 Apply as a trade visitor for Decorex Joburg here https://register.decorex.co.za/joburg/delegate/register/default.

  • A Mother’s Day gift for every type of Mom

    How do you celebrate your mom? The truth is that most of us don’t do it regularly enough. From juggling a family, to upholding a career, to managing a household, hobbies and friendships, moms do it all, and they deserve all the appreciation in the world. Mother’s Day is around the corner and there’s no better time to treat mom to a gift she’ll really love. We’ve put together a Mother’s Day gift guide with something for every mom – no matter what her interests. Plus, we know that times are tough, which is why we’ve included something for every budget: For moms who love a self-care session There is no one as deserving of a pamper session as a mom. A little bit of time by herself, indulging in a luxurious bath or beautiful beauty products is the self-care she needs to rejuvenate her mind and body. Tree Hut is known for their incredibly scented body scrubs and whipped body butters, not only because of their fragrances, but also for their clean formulas filled with natural, skin-loving goodness. Why not treat Mom to a scrub and body butter duo in her favourite scent? We recommend the classic Tree Hut Moroccan Rose Body Scrub (R349.00) and Whipped Body Butter (R349.00) for floral-loving moms or Tree Hut Watermelon Body Scrub (R349.00) and Whipped Body Butter (R349.00) for moms who prefer a fruity fragrance. If Mom loves taking a bath, she’ll love a beautifully scented bath soak. Earthsap Milk & Honey Bath Soak (R83.00) and Wild Rose and Lavender Bath Salts (R68.00) leave skin feeling soft and nourished and are delicately scented to make the bath water extra luxurious. They’re filled with natural ingredients, offering a more eco-friendly way to unwind. If Mom is into aromatherapy, you need to introduce her to SOiL’s Remedy Rollers, a selection of organic essential oil rollers that can be used for everyday wellness or to address particular concerns. They can be used on-the-go (they’re small enough to fit in a handbag) or as part of your home self-care regime. The Wellness Remedy Roller Trio (R150.00) offers three rollers designed to promote good health, while the Everyday Remedy Roller Trio (R150.00) is designed to ease the ups and downs of daily life. Looking for a gift set that won’t break the bank? Bramley’s limited edition Mother’s Day Gift Sets (R39.99) are available in the warm and earthy Shea Butter variant as well as the classic floral Magnolia variant, and each set contains a 100ml Tissue Oil and 250ml Body Butter. These pampering products, enriched with Bramley's unique, signature Bio Pharm oil as well as vitamin E oil, provide protection and nourishment at a steal. For moms who are serious about skincare Why not elevate Mom’s skincare regime with a nourishing face mask that not only feels great on her skin, but also offers plenty of hydration? We love SKNLogic’s Multi Regenerating Masque (R360.00), which is rich in hyaluronic acid, jojoba seed oil and shea butter, as well as vitamins C, E and A to increase cell renewal, collagen production and healing. If she’s into sheet masks, then Hada Labo Tokyo Moisturizing Facial Sheet Mask (R58.99) is the one. It contains the brand’s signature Super Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture, boost hydration and leave skin feeling and looking refreshed. For moms who love a beautifully scented home A home fragrance product is always such a treat, and one that most moms will absolutely love. If she’s into candles (let’s face it, who isn’t?!), we recommend SKNLogic’s Body Candle in Fig (R320.00), an ultra-moisturising candle that can be used as a massage oil or body oil when melted. The oil can be applied anywhere on the body and is filled with the goodness of fig extract, olive oil, beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E. If Mom doesn’t have a home fragrance diffuser yet, now is the time to treat her to one. The SOiL Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser (R650.00) uses water and ultrasonic vibrations to disperse your favourite SOiL essential oils into the air via a fine mist. It’s super simple to use and clean, and is low on energy. You can use it with any of SOiL’s essential oils, and if you’re not sure to start, we recommend going with one of their blends like the De-Stress Blend (R125.00) or the Sleep Blend (R150.00). For active moms If Mom enjoys her sports or workouts, chances are her muscles can do with some TLC. Up her Epsom salt game with Tree Hut’s Shea Moisturizing Epsom Salts in Coconut Lime (R325.00) or Tropical Mango (R325.00). Filled with magnesium sulfate (known to help ease muscle discomfort), shea butter and a variety of vitamins, these luxurious salts help revitalise tired and achy muscles while nourishing your skin. For moms who go the extra mile to care for their pearly whites We should all be taking our dental hygiene routines seriously, and if Mom has a liking for the finer things in life, than an introduction to Philips Sonicare may be in order. Available in a gorgeous royal purple or ombre diamond, the new Sonicare DiamondClean 9000 Toothbrush (R3899.00) will allow her to start her day in style. Powerful enough to give an exceptional clean, yet gentle on teeth and gums, this luxe toothbrush makes use of BrushSync technology to automatically select the right mode and intensity for your needs. Above all – no matter what your choice of gift – remember to give Mom the ultimate gift this Mother’s Day by telling her how much she means to you.

  • Think beyond Mother’s Day: Prioritising self-care.

    Motherhood is a journey filled with love, laughter, and countless moments of joy and chaos. However, in caring for our little ones, it's essential not to overlook our own well-being. “Mother's Day is a special occasion to celebrate moms, but the importance of self-care extends far beyond this one day,” explains Ruan Winter marketing manager for skincare brand Vitaderm. Below are some practical tips for moms to prioritise self-care, including skincare rituals, every day of the year: Create a daily skincare routine – Dedicate a few minutes each morning and evening to care for your skin. Keep it simple with cleansing, toning, and moisturising to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Additionally, incorporate weekly treatments like exfoliation and masks for extra pampering. Vitaderm’s Illuminating Lifting Gel is the perfect Mother’s Day treat. The ultimate anti-ageing formulation for complexions that lack vibrancy and firmness, it offers an immediate tightening and cumulative toning effect while also protecting the skin from daily pollutants. Prioritise sleep – As challenging as it may be with kids, try and prioritise getting enough sleep. Create a relaxing bedtime routine for yourself to unwind and prepare for a restful night's sleep. Adequate sleep not only rejuvenates the body but also enhances overall well-being. Stay hydrated – Drinking enough water is essential for skin health and overall wellness. Keep a water bottle handy throughout the day to ensure you're staying hydrated. Infuse your water with fruits or herbs for added flavour and nutrients. Healthy eating – Nourish your body with nutritious foods that fuel your energy levels and support your overall health. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet. Remember, a balanced diet contributes to radiant skin and a positive mood. Move your body – Find ways to stay active that you enjoy, whether it's going for a walk, practicing yoga, or dancing around the living room with your kids. Exercise not only benefits your physical health but also boosts your mood and reduces stress. Set boundaries – Learn to say no when necessary and prioritise activities that bring you joy and fulfilment. Setting boundaries allows you to conserve your energy for the things that matter most to you and your family. Practice mindfulness – Take moments throughout the day to practice mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Whether it's deep breathing, meditation, or simply savouring a cup of tea, mindfulness can help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm. Connect with others – Stay connected with friends and family who uplift and support you. Share your joys and challenges with others who understand and offer encouragement. Building a strong support network is essential for overall well-being. Schedule me time – Carve out time in your schedule for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's reading a book, taking a bubble bath, or indulging in a hobby, make self-care a priority in your daily routine. Be kind to yourself – Finally, remember to be kind to yourself. Embrace imperfection and let go of unrealistic expectations. Celebrate the small victories and forgive yourself for the inevitable setbacks. Self-compassion is key to maintaining a healthy and balanced life. The Illuminating Lifting Gel is available at 30% OFF online exclusively from Wednesday to Wednesday, 1 – 8 May For more information visit the Vitaderm website.

  • UNDER ARMOUR UNVEILS NEW ICON BRAND HOUSE IN SANDTON CITY, MARKING A NEW ERA IN ATHLETIC RETAIL.

    Apollo Brands (Pty) Ltd, the official distributor of Under Armour in South Africa, proudly announces the launch ofitsnewestIcon Brand House in Johannesburg’s key location, Sandton City. This launch is a significant milestone in Under Armour's growth strategy in South Africa,underscoring its commitment to providing unparalleled experiences and innovative products for athletes both on and off the field. The Icon Brand House, opened with a literal SMASH, showcases Under Armour's BCC EVO (Brand House CityConcept Evolution) concept. With the largest floor space for the brand in South Africa, it spans over 344 square meters. Featuring advanced digital displays through LED screen technology, the store highlights keytouchpoints that emphasise Under Armour's signature ethos of innovation and performance. The meticulously designed Sandton City store features soft architectural curves that create an inviting atmosphere, encouraging consumers to explore and discover the latest in athletic wear and gear. Local illustration artist Sinenhlanhla Chauke enhanced the authenticity of the Icon Brand House by creating three hand-drawn illustrations that add a touch of local flavour to the beautiful interior and showcases SouthAfrica's rich culture and heritage through sport. Brent Collinicos, General Manager at Apollo Brands says,“We’re not just expanding our distribution; we’re also raising the bar and continually re-investing in existing locations. I’m incredibly proud of the team for bringing this vision to life. This renowned retail location represents our dedication to delivering an exceptional retail experience to our valued consumers and athletes. We are thrilled to show up in a stronger way. We are a growing sportwear brand and this expansion in the iconic Sandton City underpins an exciting milestoneas wecontinue to elevate brand-lead retail experiences.” The opening was marked in true Under Armour style, as Collinicos delivered a spectacular free kick that shattered a glassdoor, symbolically marking the grand opening. This bold stunt perfectly embodied the innovation and audacity at the heart of the Under Armour brand. Brent Venter, Head of Retail for Apollo Brands expressed his pride in this launch saying,“Under Armour hasnever been afraid to push the limits and this is no different. I’m sure that you’ll agree that this new spaceoptimises our efforts to inspire our athletes with a powerful assortment of premium technical products toservice their performance needs. We are thrilled to bring our product and this immersive shopping experienceto the South African market.” Technology firsts at the heart of Under Armour Icon Brand House. The Under Armour Icon Brand House features many innovative firsts that create a unique shoppingexperience.It showcases a technologically advanced, fully curved LED storefront and Under Armour’s only curved footwear wall in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Adding to this is a transparent LED screen—a first for Under Armour in South Africa-that adds a futuristic feel to the store,that features high-definition visuals and product highlights that engage consumers more dynamically than traditional displays. A range of smart fitting rooms have been equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, that acts as a personal shop assistant.Once a shopper enters these fitting rooms, the embedded system recognises the items brought in and immediately displays related products, sizes and colours on an integrated iPad. This feature not only enhances shopper convenience but also personalises the shopping journey by suggesting complementary outfits and alternatives, effectively transforming the fitting room into an interactive shopping hub. Continuing the theme of innovation, the Icon Brand House also boasts a striking 3D printed relief map of the Johannesburg skyline. This meticulously crafted 3D map highlights key sporting venues around Johannesburg,raising them prominently to capture the vibrant sports culture of the area. The map serves not only as an artistic installation but also as a functional guide,for those with a sporting mindset. Sporting heroes and local talent champion launch day. The store's design pays homage to its South African roots, featuring localised elements including exclusive artwork by renowned artist Sinenhlanhla (Sine) Chauke that adorns the walls. A dedicated "chill" area, decorated with fabrics inspired by South African designs, offers a relaxing space for athletes. Another localised feature of the store is the 3D Johannesburg skyline, that brings to life key sporting venues around the city of gold such as the Wanderers Club, Pirates Club, Ellis Park Stadium,and Calabash Stadium to name a few. These elements, along with large digital LED screens strategically placed in the footwear area, not only enhance the visual appeal of the store but also create a sense of belonging and community among visitors. The launch event was attended by top-performing Under Armour sponsored athletes, including Olympic swimming gold medallist and world record holder Tatjana Smith (formerly Schoenmaker),prominent soccer player Kegan Johannes, and professional boxer Kevin Lerena. This offered shoppers a unique opportunity to meet some of South Africa's premier sports talents. "It's a privilege to be part of this momentous launch event. Under Armour stands out as a global leader in sports apparel for good reason, and now, South Africans will have the chance to see first hand why it’s truly in a league of its own," says Tatjana Smith. The Brand House features an extensive selection of Under Armour's latest seasonal merchandise including: Under Armour Warm and Mega Warm Cold Weather running shoes, Under Armour Machina Storm, Under Armour HOVR 3 SE, Under Armour Infinite Pro series, Under Armour Cold Weather training gear, Under Armour Unstoppable range. To make the launch even more memorable, the first 50 shoppers received exclusive Under Armour printed T-shirts or tote bags, providing them with a memorable takeaway from their shopping experience. Collinicos adds,"This isn't just a retail space; our Icon Brand House; Sandton City is a gateway to an enhanced sportswear shopping experience. We're excited to invite our South African athletes and consumers to step into an experience where innovation meets inspiration."

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