Hi my friends,
Its winter and I’m trying everything not to get the flu because who can afford to be sick right? I try and get as much defense from my diet as possible and I find that smoothies/juices are the easiest way to pack all that nutrition into one compact meal. Here is a recipe for a vitamin C packed immune system boosting one that I love. What I love most about this mean medley is the acai berry action that I snuck in. Read more about the benefits of acai berries here. See recipe below. 🙂
Look I won’t lie…they had me at “Coffee In A Cone”. What? Get out of town! I heard about the place from my amazing visuals homie, Mothusi and I thought I have to check it out. Grind Coffee Company is in Melrose Arch (0n Whitely road if you want to go right this second). The coffee is a strong hearty roast, that can be enjoyed in a cone in a variety of brews (Espresso, Cappucino, Chocaccino, Americano etc.) Beverages can also be enjoyed in regular drinking containers if your think the cone thing is way out.
I’m sitting by a window at my grandparents’ place listening to the rain and I can only think of three words when I decide to write this post. Those three words are “what a year”. I have cooked, made the last of the Christmas decorations with my siblings and this is a moment for me to introspect. Oh no! It’s my birthday and after all the laughing, cake eating and teary speeches I now have a moment to myself. This is a terrible thing because this solitary moment happens every year and the same old water works come rushing in as a result. Perhaps it’ll help if I give you some background.
My grandpa grows calabashes every year to use around the house and gift to family and friends. Recently he gave me one full one (igabha) and one half one that can be used as a scoop (inkapho).
Elekanyani Ndlovu is a woman who’s credentials I could list in the singsong manner of praise poetry, yet one of the humblest people I have met in a long time. She is a qualified engineer with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from UCT and an accomplished business woman with a meaningful contribution to the energy sector. Ele is a mother of two, sister, wife, friend and now also a role model to yours truly. It has been a women’s month full of blessings, one of which was being introduced to Ele. When I first met her I noted the calming warm smile she had and soon found out that behind that kind smile lay a wealth of business acumen and a mind valued on various boards. Her experience in the energy sector includes working on large scale infrastructure and renewable energy projects with direct responsibility over billions of rands; testament to the technically astute engineer and sharp business woman that she is. I had a fantastic chat with her this past Sunday which broadened my perspective and left me very inspired. I haven’t known Ele for long but what I can say is that I love the sisterly woman that she is, always nurturing and teaching in her manner yet ever warm and fun to chat to. Moreover, I love how sternly she answered my question about blessers in the Q&A, making me step back and think about the place from whence this question came. I am honored to have had the opportunity to share a bit about her with you below in our Q&A.
Today my WCW is Amanda Makhapela, entrepreneur, finical wiz and my very own friend. Having studied a BA Communication Management specialising in Creative Brand Communication at Vega, Amanda has been everything but predictable with her career path. Today she is a both an Investment Trader & Analyst and co-owner of The Sneaker Shack, a sneaker valet service in the Maboneng Precintc’s Maverick Corner. I went down to the shop to up my cool creds, get my Stan Smiths valeted and chat about the inspirational woman that she is. See our Q&A below.