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What is Microbiome?

The word “microbiome” refers to all the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in or on your body. That’s over 100 trillion microbes in total.

Your unique Microbial footprint that happens over your life time can tell a lot about you, to give you an idea, it is more accurate than your DNA!

Why are microbiomes so important?

Microbes have many, many important functions in your body. They help to digest your food, train your immune system to distinguish between friend and foe, turn your genes on and off, synthesize important vitamins, aid in detoxification, and neutralize cancer-causing compounds, plus a host of other things. WOW!

This intelligent bacterial ecosystem in your gut makes up the majority of your immune system, and your body actually contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. These trillions of microbes and their colonies are the manufacturers and managers of how you look, feel and think.

I’ve said it a few times, the gut is your second brain and another true one is:  “All disease begins in the gut”; when your microbiome is weakened or damaged it can ‘switch on’ a number of potential diseases throughout the body.

What diseases are caused by a compromised microbiome?

Here are some listed below to give you an idea of when your microbiome is compromised:

  1. Autoimmune Conditions — Autoimmune is when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells, it’s basically an abnormal response (in the body) to a normal body part.
  2. Mental Health Disorders  —  Gut and brain are linked, hence the “second brain.” It can be linked to Anxiety and depression.
  3. Poor Immune Health  — Always getting sick? Colds, flu, sore throat, sinus, etc. Probably means a weak Microbiome or overgrowth of bad bacteria, yeast, fungus or perhaps even a parasite?
  4. Heart Disease
  5. Type 2 diabetes
  6. Skin Conditions  — If you are battling with acne, eczema or psoriasis, you may want to start with healing your microbiome
  7. Weight gain and Obesity  — All weight issues start from your gut, it controls your metabolism
  8. Acid Reflux  — Yip! That’s me!
  9. Cancer
  10. Constipation or Diarrhea
  11. Asthma and Sinus Infections  —  I can whole heartedly say that since I have been looking after my gut I don’t suffer that much from hay fever and sinus! It really is true.

You need to take a look at your eating and your lifestyle if you are suffering with anyone of these. Basically, we are all different and no one’s microbiome is the same, but fundamentally the same principles apply. In my next blog, I will write about healing your microbiome and what you can do to help. It all starts with YOU.

No one else can help. It’s your decisions every day that count. Your thoughts and willpower control the way you will feel in days to come. Also think about this: you may have been eating badly over 20, 30 or even 40 years, so be patient with yourself when you start to make healthy choices. Your body is going to take time to start healing, but once you do, you will wonder how you ever lived in that ‘way’ before.

CREDITS:
Photography: Jane Prinsloo
Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Creative Direction: Lisa Weschta and Lindi Hingston
Hair and makeup: Chantal Jacobsen
Wardrobe and accessories:

Swimwear: Beach Cult
Denim shorts: Models own
Basket: from Gypsy by Gill
Vespa courtesy of Cape Town Vespa Rentals

AfriQueen Spha Mdlalose on Her Journey & Staying Grounded in Art

Spha Mdlalose, buzzes into the kunifrankstudio in Pardon Island, Cape Town, where we are shooting for the day. We’ve hand picked some incredibly interesting and special afribeings to profile, and jazz singer Spha was a definite on our list of need-to-know local talents.  She has just flown in from JHB and the bustle of the Golden City seems to have arrived with her. Her eyes are sparkling and she’s full of chatter!

“I need to sit down.” she says breathlessly. There are some stairs outside, and Spha is in her third trimester of pregnancy .

What strikes us most about Spha is her absolute earthiness. She is confident, yet incredibly down to earth. Having worked with the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Micasa, Oliver Mthukudzi, Neo Muyanga, Zwai Bala, Sibongile Khumalo, Kabomo, Afrotraction, Monique Bingham, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and other formidable artists in the music at such a young age, the list of achievements is extensive and impressive.

We chatted to Spha and got to find out a bit more about who she is:

Spha Mdlalose, stands in between two pieces of art adorning creative space, kunifrank studio.

Do you remember the moment you realised that jazz would play a great role in your life?

I think it was in high school when I was asked to sing for my school’s big band. There was something about the music that resonated with me on such a deep level.

Most memorable singing experience to date?

There are quite a few! The first one that jumps out at me is performing at the Greenpoint Stadium before a game. The stadium was full to capacity and the energy was electric. I was buzzing before I even started performing!

Another memorable performance happened last year during a gig that I was doing with Zoe Modiga and Titi Luzipo (together we’re called Brew). The gig was to honour the late, great, Busi Mhlongo. While I was singing one of Mam Busi’s songs, Thandiswa Mazwai jumped on stage and started singing with me. She gave me a huge hug and I just stood there completely gobsmacked!

What is still on the list? Who would you most like to perform or collaborate with as an artist?

World domination is still on the list! I’d still love to travel and take my music to as many places as possible. On the list for 2018 is definitely (and finally) releasing my debut album. In terms of future collaborations, I’d love to collaborate with Fatoumata Diawara, D’ Angelo, and Richard Bona, although the list is endless.

What is one piece of advice you will pass on to your son?

I really want to instill a sense of confidence in him from a young age. I want him to know that he can do whatever he puts his mind to. So perhaps it’s not so much advice but more of an attitude?

Where does your inspiration come from?

It comes from lived experience mostly. What I’m seeing, feeling, going through. Sometimes it’s also based on the lived experiences of those around me. Love is also a great sense of inspiration, the beauty of what we see around us.

What gives your life meaning ?

Gosh. My family and my loved ones. Being able to do what I love every day. I realise that not everyone enjoys that kind of life and that kind of freedom.

Spha Mdlalose says her afribeing power has helped her stay grounded and sincere in her art.

How can we support the local music industry ?

  1. Going to shows and not asking for comps and/or free entrance.
  2. Buying local.
  3. Spreading the word and promoting local music in any way that you can. This involves using social media platforms!

Who is your favourite local designer?

There are so many! For clothes I love Palesa Mokubung, Inga Madyibi, Asanda Madyibi, Rich Factory, Jane Sews and Anisa from Loin Cloth and Ashes. I love For Lornes and Pichulik  earring, as well as handbags by Urban Mosadi and Missibaba. Oh, and Melissa shoes!

How do you unwind?

I spend time alone, either watching a movie or going out for lunch. I also love checking out new vintage stores and charity shops.

Spha Mdlalose, believes connfidence is key. A behind the scenes sneak peek of Spha, looking
striking in front of Afribeing’s AFRICAISNOW banner by Ana Kuni.

How has your Afribeing power helped you on your journey?

It has helped me stay grounded and sincere in my art. It’s a great privilege to do what I do and to have the ability and the power to evoke emotion that makes people feel a certain way. This is something I don’t take for granted.

What do you feel can we do as Afribeings to encourage and support creativity in Africa?

I don’t know if there’s much more we can do but to support creatives by choosing to buy local/punt local and encourage those around us to do the same. Africa is buzzing with ideas and creative minds in all industries, so it’s all about how we can promote ourselves, and export what we have to the world!

CREDITS:
Photography: Jane Louise
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta
Afribeing: Spha Mdlalose
Wardrobe: Inga Madyibi dress and Iyana Styling dress

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Meet the Real Siv Ngesi and His AfriQueen Mother Jacqueline

Jacqueline and Siv Ngesi

It’s true that our parents have a powerful influence on us as children and, a big part of how we build resilience as adults, is down to how we are reared. Afribeing caught up with celebrity Siv Ngesi and his mom Jacqueline Ngesi at kunifrank studios to talk about life. Their story inspired us very much so we hope it inspires you too.  

We have all heard of Mr Siv Ngesi. Celebrity Actor who has had 3 SAFTA nominations, Infleuncer, MC, Motivational Speaker, Comedian and Woman Magnet, but have you met the women who kept Siv in clean underwear until manhood. The woman who raised Siv single handedly, and always brought food to the table. The woman who took Siv to all his auditions and kept this message reinforced: “…ONE DAY…ONE DAY MY SON. YOU ARE GOING TO GET IT.”  

 Meet Jacqueline NgesiSiv’s Sunflower and African Queen. Jacqueline originally comes from Umtata, Transkei (Viedgiesville to be exact). She is big into culture and cooking. Everything we eat is cooked at home and we still thank our ancestors and drink mqombothi,” she says. Mgombothi is traditional Xhosa BeerSivs clan name is Mgcina and although he was born and bred in Cape Town, his culture and heritage are still very important to him. It is part of who he is.”  says Jacqueline.

Jacqueline lives in Gugulethu now – a few blocks from Mazoli’sShe has 2 daughters and Siv. 

We asked Jacqueline how she managed to do it all. Raise a family, educate herself and stay positive and her answer to this was: “I was brought up by a strong women (my mom) , she encouraged me, and kept me strong and resilient. My mother was ALWAYS SO BRAVE. She instilled her strength in me and I was able to pass this on to my own children and be a success in my own life.”

In 1989 she was sponsored to go to the UK to help start a teacher’s centre. One of Siv’s favourite childhood memories is visiting his mom in Bristol when he was about 6 and his mom was doing her masters, and working on the side.  He remembers going up to the sky and looking out the aeroplane window and thinking: “Where is this Jesus guy?”.

Siv says he grew up in a househould being told he could do anything he wanted to. “My mom’s favourite saying is what you put in is what you get out. If you fail, keep going. ” says Siv.

“My mom always made it look easier than it was. We didn’t have much, but my mom made it happen and even though she was a single mother she was always able to bring food to the table” says Siv. Siv landed his first role at 9 years old in the musical Les Misérables, which featured on Mnet. 

“I am living my childhood dream, I wanted to be an entertainer and travel the world and get paid for it.
My life is not kak.”

Siv says: “The best thing about being successful in my career is being able to help my mom when she needs stuff. It makes me feel good.”

Jacky says: Happiness is being with Siv and my family. I value them all and everytime I see them I enjoy every moment. I almost lost my life once I have a scar on my chest to show for it. Life can be taken just like that.

“Siv has taught me a lot about life.. he LOVES everyone and never judges. Siv allows me to enjoy my life he encourages me to travel more. I have just been on a trip to UK and Germany. I appreciate him so much. Siv is BIG. He is generous and so kind. Everyone looks up to him.” says Jacki.

Jacki’s message to all women reading this: “Get your education! Don’t allow anyone to be abuse you emotionally or physically. You are in charge of your own life. Stand up for yourself, believe in yourself, live your dream and support your children in everything they do .”

Siv’s message to all Afribeings reading this is: “It’s time that Africa realizes we don’t need Europe as much as we think we do. Leave the crayfish mentality behind. Help each other! No one has ever become poor from giving.”

We asked Siv who he see’s when he looks in the mirror: “When I look at myself in the mirror I still see someone who can be better…This year I want to help more lives!” he says.

We all want to be like you Jacqueline and Siv Ngesi. Thank you for being examples of good humans and for inspiring us to have courage to take charge of our own lives and make a success of it.

#supermansiv #inspiringhuman #100%african #proudlyafrican #africanforlife

CREDITS:
Location: Kuni Frank Studios Paarden Eiland @kunifrank
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta
Photographer: Jane Prinsloo @Janelouisephotolove
Hair and Makeup: Chantal Jacobsen @chantaljacobsen0808_ and Karen Dladla @kari.d_mua
Fashion Styling: Nozi @nonishakur
Graffiti art wall: Ana Kuni @ana_kuni

Afribeings:
Siv Ngesi @iamsivn
Jacqueline Ngesi

Wardrobe:
Siv is wearing: @Klipajeans shirt and his own jeans
Jacqueline is wearing: @mobu_by_melo

A little bit about the @mobu_by_melo womens plus size fashion brand. Melo Mosase is plus size fashion designer from Qwaqwa living in Johannesburg. Her aim is to challenge the current state of fashion in our country. Her aim is to ensure that her clothing makes plus size women feel beautiful and sexy. Melo says: “Plus size clothing industry the same amount of creative effort as any design in the industry. We need this to fight the ab-normalization of African bodies to show future generations that there’s nothing wrong with us and our bodies. We are beautiful just the way we are and that we will not conform to a westernized definition of us.”

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Why Monitoring Your Candida Levels is Important for Your Gut Health

Avoid Candida overgrowth with these foods

Candida. The word most women hate to hear. In reality , we all have it, but, in healthy amounts. Candida is a fungus that aids with nutrient absorption and digestion when in proper levels in the body and it makes up our microbiome.

Problems arise when the microbiome is weakened causing a decrease in the good bacteria and an increase in yeast, parasites, and bad bacteria.

Who is susceptible to overgrowth?

People suffering from the following :

  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic antibiotic use
  • Diabetes or metabolic syndrome
  • Weakened immune systems
  • High levels of oestrogen (from oral contraceptives or estrogen replacements)

Why are our Candida levels important for gut health?

An overgrowth can cause havoc with your gut lining and result in conditions like leaky gut. When Candida overproduces it can break down the walls of the intestinal lining and penetrate into the blood stream. This releases by-product toxins and other toxins from your system causing leaky gut syndrome. Your microbiome becomes totally compromised when there’s an overgrowth.

Good healthy bacteria and a properly functioning immune system are essential when fighting this syndrome.

What foods should I avoid to help monitor my Candida levels?

First you should ask your Dietician/Natropath for a comprehensive list of foods to avoid, but here are a few that you should be avoiding:

  • All sugar – OBVS!
  • Processed foods
  • Fruits – especially dried fruit, why? More sugar!
  • Nut Skin = Yeast! No soya, peanuts, or peanut butter
  • Dairy products
  • Alcohol – especially beer and wine
  • Fermented foods
  • Vinegar, apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar
  • All fruit juices
  • Yeast and breads
  • Also, some veggies to avoid are sweetcorn, peas, mushrooms and sweet potatoes

Any foods I should embrace?

Definitely! Here are some foods I suggest to try an embrace in your daily life to help you monitor your Candida:

  • Veggies: Green leafy veggies, onions, garlic, spinach, broccoli, celery, cucumber, leeks, chives
  • Quinoa
  • All free range & organic , eggs and chicken
  • Nut butters – Cashew and Macadamia
  • Fruit -Grapefruit, paw paw, lemon and Kiwi
  • Goats milk
  • Seeds
  • Good fats and oils
  • Herbal teas
  • Lots of water

Ask your doctor what you can take, there is oregano oil, paraherb, para90 – these work!

Good luck afribeings

CREDITS:
Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta.

Take a Bite Out of the Ritz this Summer

The Ritz Hotel Cape Town Food

Sea Point is set to sizzle this summer as The Ritz dishes up decadent brunches, lazy lunches and innovative smart dining at this rejuvenated icon of Cape Town’s glamorous Atlantic Seaboard.

Reopened in December 2017 following a multi-million rand revamp, The Ritz is on track to become one of the Mother City’s culinary hotspots, with a collection of restaurants and bars that will keep both locals and in-house guests happy through summer’s hot days and sultry nights.

Here’s What You Can Expect at The Ritz this Summer

Flowing from the chic interior to a sun-splashed pool deck, CASA Restaurant & Cabanas dishes up delicious all-day dining. The day begins with a generous breakfast buffet and à la carte offering, before shifting into an approachable menu of inventive brasserie classics from 11am.

It’s a relaxed space, both indoors and by the poolside, and we wanted the menu to reflect that,” explains Adrian Cook, Group Executive Chef for The Ritz. “We’ve kept the menu focused and simple, ensuring every dish is packed with flavour.”

It’s a globetrotting cosmopolitan menu. Entrées run from elegantly plated steak tartare – served with a focaccia twist and smoked aioli – to Rock Shrimp tempura with an umami-packed sriracha/soya glaze. Another starter not to be missed is ‘The Ritz’, an eye-catching reinvention of a classic avocado ritz.

In a witty nod to the tropical Martinique wallpaper adorning the walls, ‘The Ritz’ is served in a frozen half-shell pineapple, the pickled radish, pineapple sorbet, and avocado purée neatly balancing the silky Marie Rose sauce and succulent shrimp.

Reinventing the classics is something of a defining philosophy at CASA, says Cook: “We’re taking dishes that everyone is bound to love, and giving them our own Ritz twist.”

A perfect example is the main course of peri-peri chicken. The chicken is cooked sous vide in home-made peri-peri sauce, before being crisped up in a Pira charcoal oven imported from Spain. Other meaty mains taking a turn in the fiery oven include the char-grilled rump with house chimichurri, Karoo lamb ‘lollipops’, and a succulent Wagyu beef burger topped with mature cheddar. Watching your holiday budget? There’s also a free-range beef burger with emmental cheese and crispy bacon to take care of hunger pangs.

The sun-splashed pool deck is sure to be a draw card, with all diners enjoying full access to the sparkling pool and facilities. Whether seated on the terrace or ensconced on a lounger, it’ll certainly be hard to pass up on the inventive range of stone-baked thin-base pizzas, or a platter from the extensive sushi menu. Here the options include everything from classic California rolls and expertly sliced fresh sashimi to innovative rolls of crunchy rock shrimp tempura.

And to drink? Aside from the selection of signature cocktails and local craft spirits, the wine list offers an impressive range of leading local estates, with a variety of wines available by the glass. Fancy something international? Order a bottle of Whispering Angel rosé from acclaimed Côtes de Provence producer Chateau d’Esclans. CASA is also home to a sparkling poolside Champagne Bar, with proudly South African Méthode Cap Classique as well as champagne.

Sundays in Sea Point

While CASA makes a fine destination any day of the week, The Ritz is set to shake up Sundays in Sea Point, with its decadent Sunday Brunch.

From 11am until 5pm each Sunday the marble buffet table will be piled high with platters of sushi, sliders, stone-fired pizza and a selection of classic dishes from the à la carte menu. With the Sunday Brunch buffet priced at R250/R95 for adults/children – and kids under five eating free – it’s an ideal destination for a cool family day out.

We really want to make it accessible for families to join us,” notes Omayya Ismail, Food & Beverage Manager for The Ritz. “We have a separate children’s play area and all diners have access to the hotel pool, so we think it’s the perfect way for parents and their kids to relax on a Sunday.”

Relaxation Swopped for Refinement

High above the pool-deck, however, relaxation has been swopped for refinement.

Perched on the 23rd-floor, Top of The Ritz – the only revolving restaurant in the Western Cape – has long been a destination-restaurant in the Mother City; a place to pop the question and mark milestones. After a dramatic rejuvenation, and with an innovative new menu on offer, the restaurant is set to reclaim its title as one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations Cape Town has to offer.

The gastronomic experience begins in the 22nd floor Champagne Lounge, a seductive space where canapés and bubbly are served with a side order of sparkling city views.

Moving upstairs, it’s an equally opulent setting. Think black velvet bucket chairs, and starched white napery adorning tables decked with imported Philippe Starck lamps and fine stemware. Every table enjoys ever-changing views of the city, as the restaurant rotates through a full 360º every 62 minutes.

While the views are impressive, you’ll be hard-pressed to draw your eyes away from the plate, as Cook and his team of talented chefs take diners on a seven-course ‘Journey of Flavours through Cape Town’.

Each dish pays homage to the culinary traditions and heritage of Cape Town,” explains Cook, who says the new menu – with vegan and vegetarian options for each course, on request – offers a unique blend of innovation and familiarity. “Each dish is inspired by the flavours of the Cape, and some of the dishes that I have enjoyed in my many years of living and cooking in Cape Town. We want the flavours to be true to the original, but we play around with the texture and presentation of every dish.”

The amuse bouche is – of course – a modern take on the classic Avocado Ritz, here presented on marble offcuts upcycled from the hotel’s renovation. Later, a palate cleansing sorbet is fashioned from Cape Gooseberries, while main course options pay homage to the ocean, countryside and wild places surrounding the city.

‘Countryside’ pairs beef sirloin, fondant potato and prego jus in a nod to the city’s ever-popular Portuguese restaurants, while ‘The Karoo’ makes the most of intensely-flavoured Karoo lamb, here mirrored by fynbos-infused croquettes.

‘Ocean View’ is Cook’s interpretation of the humble parcel of fish and chips so popular in the city’s harbourside takeaways. At Top of The Ritz a fillet of local line fish is given added intrigue with potato cigars and kelp crisps; the fronds foraged from local shores before being dehydrated and deep-fried. Only sustainable fish on the SASSI ‘Green’ list will be served at Top of The Ritz.

We love local flavours and what’s so exciting about the new menu at Top of The Ritz is that we get to play with food that is familiar to many diners, but we are presenting it in a new and exciting manner,” adds Cook.

A perfect example of that is the quirky ‘Bread And Butter’ course, which mimics a Masala Steak Gatsby. One of Cape Town’s most popular street foods, here the dish is reinvented with tomato butter, masala steak pâté and cheese spuma.

The Dessert course is equally inventive, with smoked chocolate mousse, white ‘mushroom’ and ‘smoke’ evoking a wintry walk through the forests of Table Mountain.

Wine recommendations are offered for each course, and the flavour journey is mirrored in the bespoke wine list offered at Top of The Ritz, explains Ismail: “The wines are categorised according to the wine-growing regions of the Cape, allowing diners to discover the diverse terroir of the Western Cape vineyards while they explore the flavour inspirations of Cape Town.”

The seven-course ‘Journey of Flavours Through Cape Town’ menu is priced at R850 per person, excluding beverages. Children over the age of twelve are welcome (no children’s menu is available).

There’s certainly no shortage of flavour or inspiration on offer at The Ritz this summer. Whether you’re planning lunch at the poolside or an elegant evening ‘up top’, the talented chefs at The Ritz are certainly turning up the heat in Sea Point this summer.

For restaurant and special event bookings or enquiries email: info@theritzcapetown.co.za or book online at www.theritz.co.za.

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What Makes Matcha Different?

Matcha Latte

Ever wondered what exactly makes matcha so different from your regular cup of green tea? Our Wellness Guru, Lisa Stocks, explains it to us.

So what makes matcha different?

Matcha, literally meaning ‘powdered tea’ is a green powder made from a specific kind of green tea leaf while regular green or black tea,  all comes from the same plant. The difference between matcha and regular green and black tea is how it is grown and prepared.

Unlike many other green teas, the plants used for matcha are first covered and the grown in the shade for approximately 20 weeks before they are harvested. This boosts the chlorophyll levels, which is what gives the powder its vibrant green hue (Greeny!). This also makes it way more powerful than regular green tea. 

Just one cup of Matcha green tea a day could provide you with the following awsome benefits :

  • Fights cancer cells
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Kills free radicals
  • Wards off bacterial infection and illness
  • Prevents viral infections
  • Moderates allergies
  • Boosts immune function
  • Alkalizes the blood
The green tea leaves are laid out to dry and then ground into a fine green powder, same as what you d see in the stores or in a cafe.  Unlike any other tea where the leaves are steeped and some nutrients drawn out , with matcha tea the whole leaf is used…so you are getting every bit of the good stuff . Because it’s in a powdered form, it’s typically whisked in hot water, a latte or a blender .
I love to have my fix  with almond milk and a splash of honey, my all time favourite is from Scheckters RAW in Sea point. 

Matcha is the magical little super food we should all be including in our diets.

CREDITS
Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta

Blissfully Off the Grid at Cabine Du Cap

The beautiful view from Cabine Du Cap

As we make our way off the R62 just outside Montagu, we start a slow and steady accent past rows of vibrant lemon trees of local citrus farms to Cabine Du Cap. We slowly start to feel a sense of letting go as the air becomes sweeter and the hustle and bustle of the local village fades out of sight. A sense of adventure begins to stir within . This is a moment you want to capture.

Nestled in the heart of the Klien Karoo you’ll find the blissful Cabine Du Cap awaiting you for a truly spectacular adventure.

We re greeted by the charming Joseph, Cabine Du Cap’s Onsite Manager, who checks us in and shows us around. One cannot but fall into the allure of this spectacular scenery. Not that far from the realities of day to day living, but far enough that your phone says No Service (there is however a fantastic Wifi connection available).

Once Joseph had handed us our walkie talkie and said “See you in the morning”, one gets the sense that you are on your own, in the best way possible. One begins to explore  the neat little trinkets and style with which Sam and William Mellor has set up the cabin. Sam, has given a lot of thought to the small details, so that if you need something you can be sure it’s there.

The beautiful view from Cabine Du CapThe picturesque view from our cabin looking out over the Fynbos.

At Cabine Du Cap you do nothing but relax, find a mountain to scale, or simply float in the plunge pool. You are completely surrounded by nature, and a short radio wave away from Joseph if you need anything.  There is a choice of sitting on the deck outside, or sitting inside for when the wind blows, either way you are well catered for.  Down a short path you will find the lovely plunge pool, neatly nestled into the fauna, with comfy sofas that are perfect for having evening drinks. A golden hour gin and tonic has never tasted so good.

Well used board games and painting tools lie scattered in a large box.  There’s also a well equipped kitchen to cook to your hearts content, and two braai areas to choose from. Multiple seating areas to find quiet time or indulge in afternoon reading, soaking up the sun, and of course, binoculars to test your bird watching skills. There is dramatic scenery wherever you look. Time seems to stand still.

The beautiful scenery at Cabine Du CapTime stands still at Cabine Du Cap as you look out over the beautiful scenery

The settings are picturesque and sunsets spectacular, and once night falls the stillness of the earth stands in reverence to a clear,  starlit sky.

Cabine Du Cap Outdoor Area

We also got treated to wonderful production, although I’m not sure that all guests get so lucky!

We spotted two Klipspringer in the fynbos near our

We spotted two small Klipspringer (Small Antelope) right next to us in the Fynbos. They skipped off. Image credit Wikimedia.

As you lounge your way through the day, swimming, hiking, reading, playing board games or bird watching you settle in for the sounds of nature as the night sets in. Its dark here ..You light up the house with a fire, candles, and kerosene lamps, setting the mood as you further indulge yourself in the wonder of the Klein Karoo.

After braaing, drinking and lapping it all up we all slowly slide into a gentle sleep, soaking up the fire as it burnt itself out.

Summer evening at Cabine Du Cap

We settled in for the evening, listening to the sounds of nature.

As if the little Klipspringers knew we were city slickers, not quite used to being off grid, they woke us up around 4am, feeding in the fynbos next to the cabin. Nothing like the sound of little antelope hooves rustling around the Fynbos in the black of the night to get the juices in us city folk going. 

You awake to the stillness of windless day, and the soft warmth of morning sun . The day would then begin with having  a (short) shower outside in the fresh open air, little luxuries like Africology botanical products are at your disposal. For the more adventurous, a bath stands on the open deck at the front to languish in under the open sky . We smell something delicious cooking and open the cabin to see the warm and friendly face of Joseph, happily making breakfast on the braai outside.

Cabine Du Cap's wonderful staff member Joseph making breakfast on the braai outside.We woke up to the smells of a fantastic breakfast being cooked for us on the braai by the always-friendly, Joseph.

Cabine du Cap has thought of it all. If you’re looking to get off the beaten track, find quiet, time to relax and be with nature, Cabine Du Cap provides a unique experience and are taking the art of experience to a luxurious new level of enjoyment.  

What a wonderful two days we had. Thank you Cabine Du Cap for creating this space.

Prepare for avid bird watching at Cabine Du Cap

For bookings or more information visit www.cabineducap.com.

CREDITS:
Contributor: Simon Minitzer @siflyhi
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Wecshta
Images: Simon Minitzer @siflyhi
Location: Cabine Du Cap @cabineducap

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30 preparation tips to prepare you for Day Zero!

Day Zero has been moved forward to the 12th of April 2018.  Below we have listed 30 preparation tips to help you prepare for Day Zero.

1. Day Zero is upon us Afribeings and its time to get into survival mode. Stock up on bottled water exclusively for drinking while the water stations figure themselves out, but please remember to RECYCLE or REPURPOSE your plastic water bottles. Alternatively research mountain spring water that can be delivered.
2. Stock up on baby wipes their uses will be endless when you do not have access to running water.
3. Use Dry shampoo or baby powder to prolong the time between washes. We heard March Anthony Refreshing Coconut clear dry shampoo is the best available from Dischem.
4. Invest in Wee Pong spray (a flush alternative) and alternative spray that contains microbes that break down urine and digest the malodorous ammonia, neutralising sulphur keeping your loo fresh and clean, plus it is 100% eco friendly and safe for humans, plants and pets. You can expect to pay R100 for a 250ml. 5. Make a solution of vinegar and water or stay soft and water to spray clothes and hang clothes to air
6. Paper plates are not very eco-friendly. However if you are braaing use the used paper plates instead of washing dishes or as an alternative make up a spray bottle with rinse free dish soap and water, and wipe down lightly dirtied dishes with that.
7. Invest in water purification solutions for the rain water we are able to catch. We love Kuro-bo 100% Natural Charcoal Water Filter, which will remove harmful impurities from water, add essential minerals and make it taste better.
8. Make sure you water to wash your fruit and vegetables well, With the listeriosis outbreak we can’t afford not to wash our fresh produce! We love Earthsap Fruit and Vegetable Wash, because it is 300% more effective than water to remove toxins and chemicals and its not harmful to our earth.
9. Start stocking your freezer with freezer meals and stock up on non-perishables!
10. Hand sanitiser is a must. In the car, in the your handbag, in the kitchen, in your workspace. We love Charlotte Rhys waterless hand sanitiser and their hand creams are great too!
11. Bicarb and vinegar are amazing cleaning supplies that don’t destroy water for grey use. So stock up!
12. Prepare for dodgy tummies. Make sure you have: Rehydrate, Medizine, Immodium, Buscopan, Probiotics and extra toilet paper on hand.
13. Have a sponge bath with a small bucket and sponge or take more swims in the sea!

14. Get a fire extinguisher for obvious reasons
15. If your’e not flushing your wee, throw the toilet paper away in a separate lined bin that’s cleaned daily to avoid your toilet system blocking up.
16. Baking soda can also control toilet paper odours if throwing toilet paper away.
17. When flushing with grey water. Fill the toilet cistern with water rather than pour the water into toilet.. Use vinegar in the toilet and drains to help with any odours and bacteria.
18. Clean with microfibre cloths or rags as sponges become unsanitary. It is easier to clean cloths and hang up immediately to delay smelling.
19. Eat straight from the braai! It always tastes better that way anyway and no pots or pans to wash.
20. Use apple cider vinegar to naturally deodorize your armpits and go without showering.
21. Wear breathable 100% cotton fabric to avoid odours developing from sweat and bacteria.
22. Ladies, extend underwear life by wearing panty liners.
23. Instead of washing dishes in the sink. Wash and rinse in buckets so you can reuse dirty water in the toilet or for watering plants. .
24. Vinegar can also be used for wiping and cleaning, with paper towels, without having to rinse down counters.
25. Where possible, use organic or biodegradable materials to minimise environmental waste. Please also be mindful of your plastic usage

26. Do everything you can do to prevent further damage.

27. PRAY. The power of positivity and collective consciousness is an undeniable force, which has been proven to work time and time again.

28. Educate your friends and family if you see they are not saving. Your families life depends on it.

29. Practice using 50 litres a day per person now! Wash less, wear less and …

30. BE MINDFUL OF EACH DROP OF WATER YOU USE!

Earth has always been dependent on water for survival, and today water holds the key to survival in the future too. Now more than ever we need to learn to respect and preserve water. We all need to stand together and help each other. Please do your part to save water NOW!

You can start by sharing this list with your friends to show you care!

WATER IS LIFE!

9 Ways Our Health Guru Keeps Her Body Balanced

Lisa Stocks Wellness Guru Afribeing talks tackling unbalanced blood sugar levels

I keep coming back to sugar, but why? It’s one of the greatest challenges for me when it comes to keeping my blood sugar levels balanced, and it’s imperative that I avoid it  — this one never gets easier!

Blood sugar levels, like our hormones and all the bacteria and fungus living in our gut, such as mitochondria, can’t be too high or too low. It has to be just right. Remind you of a childhood fairytale? (Goldilocks for those who didn’t get that!)

Experts say if more than one of the below resonates with you, then you have unbalanced blood sugar levels: 

  1. You crave sweets or breads and pastries — a lot! (ummm JA!)
  2. Eating sweets doesn’t relieve your sugar cravings. (Yup!)
  3. You become irritable and “hangry” if you miss a meal.
  4. When you find yourself needing caffeine to get through the day.
  5. Becoming lightheaded if you miss a meal.
  6. Eating makes you exhausted and in need of a nap.
  7. It’s difficult for you to lose weight.
  8. You feel weak, shaky, or jittery quite frequently,
  9. Having to pee a lot.
  10. Finding yourself getting agitated, easily upset, or nervous.
  11. Your memory is not what it used to be.
  12. Vision becomes blurry.
  13. Your waist is equal to or larger than your hips.
  14. A low sex drive.
  15. You find that you are always thirsty.

How I keep my blood sugar balanced

 Any of those sound familiar? Here are 9 ways I have helped manage my own blood sugar balance

  1. Stay hydrated
  2. Exercise everyday
  3. Control stress
  4. Don’t eat all day long, i.e don’t graze rather have decent meals and wait 4-5 hours in between meals
  5. Portion Control – less carbs, no sugar
  6. Get enough Sleep
  7. Take Magnesium
  8. Sip on Green tea
  9. Get your dose of B Vitamins and Good fats

CREDITS:
Contributor: Lisa Stocks
Photographer: Melissa Delport 

Africa is Now

Siv Ngesi Africa is now

Siv Ngesi says: “Afribeings, reach for the stars the sky is the limit!”

We believe that Africa is the heartbeat of the World. Last year saw the emergence of a creative Africa that was brought into focus through a number of landmark buildings, artists and events, signaling the world has noticed us and Africa has finally taken its rightful place on the map of some ground breaking talent.

Towards the end of 2017 Afribeing gathered a group of super talented African influencers at art studio and creative hub KuniFrank studios in Paarden Eiland, to celebrate each persons African power and talk about the power of being African NOW as our identity continues to inspire the world.

Our continent is rich with undeniably strong talent and our Afribeing mission is to find these Afribeings, expose them, and share their stories. We hope that this will inspire you to unleash your own Afribeing power, to dream big and more importantly make your dreams come to life.

Everyone goes through hard times, we all fail, but these are the times that make us stronger, smarter, kinder, and we continue to rise, adjust our crowns and move forward with a new found wisdom. We each have our own innate power. We call it Afribeing power. It’s natural, intrinsic, unlearned and untaught. We should nurture and build on these strengths. At Afribeing we believe that you give life to what you give energy too.

celebrate african power and identity

Jade Khristie an inspiring human who believes that people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

As creatives and Africans we’ve had to be both brave and strong. Courage, resilience and the will to succeed is how we’ll continue to develop lasting confidence in ourselves. Being consistently positive is also an Afribeing superpower.

Our wish for 2018 is that we recognize the greatness in ourselves and each other. Great things happen when humans collaborate and help one another. Together we are stronger. Lets empower each other.

Ubuntu: I am what I am, because of who we are.

Linda Kaoma Project Manager in the Arts gives us an A for AfribeingLinda Kaoma Project Manager in the Arts gives us an A for Afribeing

What’s Your Afribeing Power?

Below we asked our friends and influencers to think of one or two words which represent their powerful self. The powerful self that got them to where they are today:

#afribeingpower


Celebrity Siv Ngesi says confidence has empowered his success

Celebrity, Siv Ngesi, says CONFIDENCE has empowered him to become a success.

 

Liza Weschta Co-founder Afribeing says her power is unity

Afribeing Co-Founder, Liza Weschta, believes in unity and so bringing people together is her undeniable strength.

 

Jazz Singer Spha Mdlalose loves making people feel through her music

Jazz Singer, Spha Mdlalose, loves MAKING PEOPLE feel through her music.

 

Jade Khristie CEO of Low Impact Living says Pioneering Change is what keeps her motivated and strong in lifeJade Khristie, CEO of Low Impact Living, says Pioneering Change is what keeps her motivated and strong in life.

 

Zanela, mother of Siv Ngesi, says BEING ASSERTIVE has been her super powerZanela Ngesi, Siv’s mom, says BEING ASSERTIVE has been her super power.

 

Co-Founder of Afribeing, Lindi Hingston standing in front of Ana Kuni curated graffiti wall Africa is NowCo-Founder of Afribeing, Lindi Hingston, standing in front of Afribeing’s curated graffiti wall by Ana Kuni.

 

Kitty Van Jangles recycles car tyres and makes tables he says staying focused keeps him strong. Kitty Van Jangles, who recycles car tyres and makes tables, says staying focused keeps him strong.

 

Make your Mamma and your Mamma Africa proud, stand tall and wear your Afribeing crown, honour your Afribeing power and make your mark in this crazy world. Decide today who you will become and how you want to live your life. And remember … NO ONE IS YOU AND THAT IS YOUR POWER!

Stay tuned to our platform for individual profiles with each of these Afribeings.

CREDITS
Location: Kuni Frank Studios Paarden Eiland @kunifrank
Creative Direction: Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta
Photographer: Jane Prinsloo @janelouisephotolove
Hair and Makeup: Chantal Jacobsen @chantaljacobsen0808_ and Karen Dladla @kari.d_mua
Fashion Styling: Nozi @nonishakur
Graffiti art wall: Ana Kuni @ana_kuni

Afribeings:
Siv @iamsiv
Spha Mdlalose @sphamdlalose
Linda Kaoma @lindakaoma
Lindi Hingston and Liza Weschta
@Jade Kristie at @lowimpactliving

Wardrobe:
Jade is wearing: @iyanastyling top and @ntombobom skirt
Siv is wearing: @Klipajeans shirt
Spha is wearing: @ingamadyibi dress and @iyanastyling dress
Lindi is wearing: @iyanastyling
Liza is wearing: @richfactory
Linda is wearing: Models own
Zanela is wearing: Stylists own

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